Cassandra Hart is an associate professor of education policy. She
evaluates the effects of school, state and national education
programs, policies, and practices on overall student achievement,
and on the equality of student outcomes. Hart’s work has focused
on school choice programs, school accountability
policies, and effects on students of exposure to
demographically similar teachers. She is also interested in the
effects of virtual schooling on student outcomes, both in K-12
and post-secondary settings.
The William T. Grant Foundation supports research to improve the
lives of young people. Within this broad mission it has to
areas of focus: research on reducing inequality in youth
outcomes, and research on improving the use of research evidence
in policy and practice. Adam Gamoran, president of the
Foundation, will discuss the Foundation’s priorities and the
opportunities it provides for research funding.
In his remarks, President Gamoran will argue that universities
should do more to support research that benefits society by
responding to the pressing problems of the day. He will lay out a
strategy for institutions to incentivize this type of work by
supporting partnerships between researchers and public agencies
or private nonprofit organizations.
The lecture will take place from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. in the
Community Room of the International House (across the street from
the main UC Davis campus). A reception and light refreshments
will follow in the Lounge.
Income inequality in the U.S. is near an all-time high, with
damaging consequences for the future of our nation. The
William T. Grant Foundation is committed to supporting research
on ways to reduce inequality among young people. In an era
when evidence is ignored and even fundamental facts are
challenged, what role can researchers play in advancing sound
policies? Adam Gamoran will explain the Foundation’s focus
on reducing inequality and improving the use of evidence in
policy decisions, and will consider how one might think about
these priorities in light of contemporary battles over facts and
evidence. He will derive key areas for research on reducing
inequality from recent consensus reports on effective strategies,
and encourage research that responds to these challenges.
Janet Currie is the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and
Public Affairs at Princeton University and the Co-Director of
Princeton’s Center for Health and Wellbeing. She also co-directs
the Program on Families and Children at the National Bureau of
Economic Research. She has served as the Vice President of the
American Economics Association and is a member of the National
Academy of Medicine and of the American Academy of Art and
Despite evidence that children from low-income families without
two parents are doubly disadvantaged, a growing body of research
on the interactive role of childhood family structure for
intergenerational mobility finds the opposite—differences in
adult attainment by childhood family structure are greatest among
those with the most advantaged parents. This study examines: (1)
how children’s educational attainment varies by childhood family
structure and parental income; and (2) how much these education
differences account for lifelong income disparities by childhood
Abstract: One powerful capacity that enables people to
successfully cope with stress is their ability to regulate their
emotions, thoughts, and behaviors (i.e., self-regulation). Young
children learn self-regulation, in large part, through daily
parent-child interactions which stimulates the development of
long term regulatory functioning. However, contextual stressors
can spill over to disrupt parent-child relationships and this
disruption is thought to be a primary mechanism by which early
stress initiates poorer mental and physical health outcomes.
Analisa Packham is an Assistant Professor of Economics in the
Farmer School of Business at Miami University.
Professor Packham studies applied microeconomics, including labor
and health economics and the economics of education. Her research
focuses primarily on evaluating the effects of food stamp timing
as well as contraception and family planning policies.
Jennifer Doleac is an Associate Professor of Economics at Texas
A&M University, and Director of the Justice Tech Lab.
Professor Doleac is also a Nonresident Fellow in Economic Studies
at the Brookings Institution, a research affiliate at the
University of Chicago Crime Lab and the Wilson Sheehan Lab
for Economic Opportunities, and a research fellow at IZA. Her
research focuses on the economics of crime and
discrimination, with particular emphases on prisoner reentry and
the effects of technology on public safety.
Professor Schaller studies a variety of topics in labor, public,
and health economics, with an emphasis on the associations
between aggregate and individual labor market shocks, health, and
Ann Huff Stevens is Deputy Director of the Center for Poverty
Research and Professor of Economics at UC Davis. She studies low
income workers and labor markets, the incidence and effects of
job loss, connections between economic shocks and health, and
poverty and safety-net dynamics.
Her current work examines returns to vocational education
programs, the dynamics of EITC eligibility, and long-term effects
of labor force non-participation.
Michelle Ko is a faculty affiliate and member of the Center for
Poverty Research Executive Committee. Dr. Ko looks at how policy,
healthcare, and our social structure are interconnected,
and their impacts on disadvantaged communities. She has conducted
research on a variety of topics, including the healthcare safety
net, Medicaid, long-term care, access to healthcare for minority
populations, diversity in medical education, and the healthcare
Tressie McMillan Cottom is an assistant professor of
sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and faculty
associate with Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for
Internet & Society.
Her research on higher education, work and technological change
in the new economy has been supported by the Microsoft Research
Network’s Social Media Collective, The Kresge Foundation, the
American Educational Research Association and the UC Davis Center
for Poverty Research. She has published on
race/class/gender, education, and technology in the new economy.
Kimberly Noble is a developmental cognitive neuroscientist and
pediatrician who studies socioeconomic disparities in children’s
neurocognitive development. She received her undergraduate,
graduate, and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania
and trained at the Sackler Institute for Developmental
Psychobiology at Weill Cornell Medical College. She completed her
pediatrics residency at Columbia University Medical Center/Morgan
Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian.
Jordan Conwell is an Anna Julia-Cooper Post-Doctoral Fellow
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2018-2019, he will
begin an appointment there as an Assistant Professor of Sociology
and Education Policy Studies. His research agenda
encompasses many aspects of racial inequality in education,
spanning early childhood, K-12, and higher ed. Dr.
The Trump administration has proposed several changes that will
affect federal immigration policies and their enforcement
such as the repeal of DACA, a decrease in the number of
H1B visas and more aggressive deportations of
The Graduate School of Management and The Center for Poverty
Research are proud to co-host the Eighth Annual UC Davis Finance
Symposium: “Capital / Labor Markets in the Age of
Inequality”. In this one-day symposium, we will
discuss six macro/labor/finance papers that examine determinants
of inequality in labor markets and its consequence in the capital
markets and the aggregate economy. All are invited but RSVP is
required for attendance due to limited seating.
Seth Holmes, Phd, MD, Associate Professor of Public Health
and Medical Anthropology at UC Berkeley will give a talk on
Migrant Farmworker Health, Inequality, and What Can Be Done.
Dr. Holmes is a cultural and medical anthropologist and physician
at UC Berkeley whose work focuses broadly on social
hierarchies, health inequalities, and the ways in which
perceptions of social difference may naturalize, normalize, or
challenge these inequalities.
Daniel Schneider completed his B.A. in Public Policy at Brown
University in 2003 and earned his PhD in Sociology and Social
Policy from Princeton University in 2012. Before joining
the Department of Sociology, he was a Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar in Health Policy Research at UC
Melissa S. Kearney is a Professor in the Department of Economics
at the University of Maryland. She is also a Research Associate
at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); a
non-resident Senior Fellow at Brookings; a scholar affiliate and
member of the board of the Notre Dame Wilson-Sheehan Lab for
Economic Opportunities (LEO); and a scholar affiliate of the MIT
Abdul Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and co-chair of the J-PAL
cities and states initiative.
Ron Haskins is a Senior Fellow and holds the Cabot Family Chair
in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, where he
co-directs the Center on Children and Families. He is also a
senior consultant at the Annie E. Casey Foundation and was the
President of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and
Management in 2016. Haskins is the co-author of Show Me the
Evidence: Obama’s Fight for Rigor and Evidence in Social Policy
(2015) and the author of Work over Welfare: The Inside Story of
the 1996 Welfare Reform Law (2006).
Andrew Barr is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Texas
A&M University who focuses on understanding the effects of
education policies on disadvantaged and non-traditional student
populations. Much of his research focuses on understanding
the role of financial and informational factors in the college
enrollment decisions and related labor market outcomes of
military veterans and displaced workers. More recent work focuses
on the effects of early childhood interventions. Barr holds
a PhD in Economics from the University of Virginia.
Danny Yagan is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the
University of California Berkeley and a Faculty Research Fellow
of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He earned a BA summa
cum laude and a PhD in economics from Harvard University and
completed a post-doc at UC Berkeley. He works in public and labor
economics focusing on education quality and access, capital
taxes, and inequality in recovery from the great recession.
Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., is one of the world’s leading researchers
in the field of motivation and is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton
Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. Her research has
focused on why people succeed and how to foster success. She has
held professorships at Columbia and Harvard Universities, has
lectured all over the world, and has been elected to the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her scholarly book Self-Theories:
Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Development was named
Book of the Year by the World Education Federation.
Anna Sjögren earned her Ph.D. in economics at the Stockholm
School of Economics in 1998. She works as a researcher at IFAU
and is an UCLS affiliate. Her research focuses on education,
human capital, family economics and the labor market. At present,
she is involved in projects studying the effects of Swedish
school reforms, and the importance of school and family policies
for child health, and human capital development. Another project
deals with long run changes in men’s and women’s opportunities to
combine family and career.
The 2016-2017 Campus Community Book Project, featuring Raj
Patel’s Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World
Food System, invites you to a lecture by Marianne Page,
Professor, Department of Economics and Deputy Director, Center
for Poverty Research, entitled “The Impact of U.S. Food and
Nutrition Programs on Child Well-being.” This event is free and
open to the public.
Join the UC Center Sacramento on Wednesday, March
1stat 12 noon for the UCCS Bacon
Public Lectureship by Professor Marianne Page,
Department of Economics, Deputy Director of the Center for
Poverty Research, University of California, Davis and moderated
by Daphne Hunt Chief Consultant to the California State Assembly
Committee on Human Services. Professor Page will be speaking on
“The Intergenerational Transmission of Poverty and the
Long Reach of Child Health and Nutrition Programs”.
Child poverty continues to be a major challenge for the United
States and California. The UC Davis Center for Poverty Research
and UC Center Sacramento will bring together researchers,
policymakers, and practitioners together for a workshop “Child
Poverty Research, Public Policy and the Road Ahead: What We Have
Learned and Where Should We Go Next?” Sessions will focus
on five key areas of research and policy: the importance of early
childhood poverty and policies, education and poverty, the role
of segregation, the impact of safety net programs, and unique
challenges facing undocumented immigrant children.
Jody Vallejo, a small grants recipient, will be presenting his
work as part of our seminar series.
Jody Agius Vallejo is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the
University of Southern California. She is an expert in
immigration, race/ethnicity, Latinos and the Latino middle class.
Her book, Barrios to Burbs: The Making of the Mexican American
Middle Class (Stanford University Press) examines patterns of
mobility and socioeconomic incorporation among upwardly mobile
and middle-class Latinos in Southern California.
Raj Chetty is a Professor of Economics at Stanford University.
Chetty’s research combines empirical evidence and economic theory
to help design more effective government policies. His work on
tax policy, unemployment insurance, and education has been widely
cited in media outlets and Congressional testimony. His current
research focuses on equality of opportunity: how can we give
children from disadvantaged backgrounds better chances of
Dr. Bridget Terry Long, Ph.D. is Academic Dean and the Saris
Professor of Education and Economics at the Harvard Graduate
School of Education. Long is an economist who specializes
in the study of education, in particular the transition from high
school to higher education and beyond. Her work focuses on
college student access and choice and the factors that influence
students’ postsecondary and labor market outcomes. Current
projects examine the roles of information and assistance in
promoting college savings, the completion of aid applications,
and college enrollment.
Igor Popov is an Economist at Airbnb, who recently received his
Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University. His research focuses
on Public and Behavioral Economics, using theory and data to
inform community decisions. In particular, his current projects
explore homelessness, homesharing, and housing policy.
On September 13th, the U.S. Census Bureau will release its annual
report on income and poverty in the United States. The report
documents how many Americans are poor and who they are. What it
does not tell us is how we got here or how we can do better.
Join the conversation with leading experts on U.S. poverty and
contribute to how we as a nation can increase opportunity for
David Frisvold, a small grants recipient, will be presenting his
work as part of our seminar series.
David E. Frisvold is an Assistant Professor in the Department of
Economics at the University of Iowa. Professor Frisvold’s
research agenda explores the role for government policies to
enhance education and health outcomes, with an emphasis on
policies targeted towards low-income children. His research has
focused on the School Breakfast, Head Start, SNAP, and now WIC
David Figlio is the Director of the Institute for Policy Research
at Northwestern University and Orrington Lunt Professor of
Education and Social Policy and of Economics. Figlio conducts
research on a wide range of education and health policy issues
from school accountability and standards to welfare policy and
Figlio’s work has been published in numerous leading journals,
including the American Economic Review, Journal of Public
Economics, Journal of Law and Economics, and Journal of Human
Peter Bergman is an Assistant Professor of Economics and
Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Bergman’s
research uses randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to find
low-cost, scalable interventions that improve education
Despite the slow emergence from the Great Recession in the U.S.,
inequality and poverty remain major dilemmas for the state and
nation. The UC Davis Poverty Research and Policy Summit will
bring together researchers, policymakers, practitioners and
advocates to summarize and discuss the state of poverty research
and public policy over the past decade, and how research can
better inform policy in the decade to come.
David Pedulla, a small grants recipient, will be presenting his
work as part of our seminar series.
David Pedulla is an Assistant Professor in the Department of
Sociology and a Faculty Research Associate of the Population
Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. His
research interests include race and gender stratification, labor
markets, economic and organizational sociology, and experimental
Edith Chen’s research seeks to understand why poverty is
associated with poor physical health outcomes in children, with a
focus on the psychological and biological mechanisms that explain
these relationships. She is also interested in questions of
resilience—that is, why some children who come from adversity
manage to thrive and maintain good profiles of health.
Anna Gassman-Pines, a small grants recipient, will be presenting
her work as part of our seminar series. Gassman-Pines is
Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Psychology and
Neuroscience at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke
University. She is also Faculty Fellow of Duke’s Center for Child
and Family Policy.
Center Director Ann Stevens is presenting as part of the Campus
Community Book Project series of events. The Campus
Community Book Project (CCBP) was initiated to promote dialogue
and build community by encouraging diverse members of the campus
and surrounding communities to read the same book and attend
related events. The book project advances the Office of Campus
Community Relations (OCCR) mission to improve both the campus
climate and community relations, to foster diversity and to
promote equity and inclusiveness.
Matthew Desmond is John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the
Social Sciences at Harvard University and Co-Director of the
Justice and Poverty Project. A former member of the Harvard
Society of Fellows, he is the author of the award-winning
book, On the Fireline, coauthor of two books on race,
and editor of a collection of studies on severe deprivation in
America. His work has been supported by the Ford, Russell Sage,
and National Science Foundations, and his writing has appeared in
the New York Times and Chicago Tribune.
Manasi Deshpande is an Assistant Professor in the Department of
Economics at the University of Chicago.
Deshpande’s research interests include the effects of social
insurance and public assistance programs on consumption, health,
and well being, and the interaction between these programs and
labor markets. Her dissertation work studied the long-term
effects of welfare programs on the labor market outcomes of
children in adulthood and on household labor supply and
This conference will present both quantitative and qualitative
research on questions related to low wage labor markets. A
wide variety of topics will be covered including: wage trends and
shifts in occupations, policies that enhance wages (such as the
minimum wage and the earned income tax credit), issues related to
immigration and mobility among low-skilled workers, and issues
related to stigma and identity among low-skilled workers.
Bradley Hardy is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration
and Policy at American University. His research interests lie
within labor economics, with an emphasis on economic instability,
intergenerational mobility, poverty policy, and socio-economic
David Harding is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the
University of California, Berkeley. Professor Harding studies
poverty and inequality, urban neighbborhoods, education,
incarceration, and prisoner reentry. He uses both qualitative and
In this Institute for Social Sciences Noon Lecture, Doug Miller
will discuss his ongoing research on Head Start and evaluate his
recent findings. This Lecture is co-sponsored by the Center for
Doug Miller is an Associate Professor of Economics at UC Davis.
He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University in
2000. He is a research affiliate of the Center for Poverty
Research, and serves as a Research Associate for the National
Bureau of Economic Research.
This interdisciplinary conference will present new research in
the area of college access and persistence, including findings
from recent randomized control trials of targeted interventions
for low income students. The conference will also provide
an opportunity for participants to discuss a variety of technical
and methodological challenges in implementing interventions
across a diverse set of educational settings, as well as in
scaling up interventions.