New Video Series Provides a Foundation for Understanding Poverty in the U.S.
September 16, 2015

DAVIS, Calif. — In this new video series released by the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research, Faculty Affiliates discuss some of the causes and consequences of poverty in the U.S. as well as possible solutions suggested by research from across academic disciplines.

“In the U.S. we have made very little measured progress over the past several decades,” said Ann Stevens, a professor of economics at UC Davis and the center’s director. “This video series is another way that center provides a framework for making a bigger impact by taking these pieces and putting them all together.”

In each video, Faculty Affiliates address important issues about poverty in the U.S., such as how we can think about it, what works to reduce it and how it affects us all. According to the featured faculty, poverty research is the first step toward solutions.

“Poverty research allows us to identify which individuals these processes are significant for, when these strategies we might be able to put in place to offer reduce the experiences of poverty,” said Amanda Guyer, an associate professor of human development at UC Davis.

“Without research and evidence we cannot hope to design policies that we can hope will impact poverty,” said Marianne Page, the center’s deputy director.

The videos are available on the center’s website and also on Youtube. For more in-depth information on poverty, read our series of policy briefs or recent research by our Faculty Affiliates.