The Center for Poverty Research hosts an annual seminar series on
poverty issues. We are pleased to welcome faculty,
researchers, and thought leaders to the UC Davis campus.
Most of our seminars are located in Andrews Conference Room, 2203
Social Sciences and Humanities Building, unless otherwise noted.
Parking Information: A valid UC Davis parking
permit is required to park on campus. Daily Visitor Permits are
available for purchase for $9.00 at machines located at the
entrance to the Quad
Parking Structure (GPS Address: 1 Howard Way, Davis,
CA). The Andrews Conference Room is a short walk from the parking
Directions to Andrews Conference Room:
Enter the Social
Sciences & Humanities Building through the Letters & Science
Dean’s Office entrance (arch and glass doors). Stairs and
elevator are located just inside; proceed to the second floor.
Andrews is on the right side of the hall, 2203 SS&H.
Rucker C. Johnson is the Chancellor’s Professor of
Public Policy in the Goldman School of Public Policy at the
University of California, Berkeley, and faculty research
associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. As a
labor economist who specializes in the economics of education,
Johnson’s work considers the role of poverty and inequality in
affecting life chances.
In the U.S.A., approximately 20% children and adolescents live in
poverty and more than double that number live in families
experiencing chronic economic hardship. Those figures are higher
for many ethnically and racially diverse communities in the
U.S.A., and higher still for many other nations, particularly in
the Global South. Growing up in contexts of poverty and economic
hardship exposes children to pervasive and multi-faceted
stressors that may shape their developing neurobiological systems
and psychological adjustment in complex, enduring and
Recent research on inequality and poverty has shown that those
born into low-income families, especially African Americans,
still have difficulty entering the middle class, in part because
of the disadvantages of they experience living in more dangerous
neighborhoods, going to inferior public schools, and persistent
racial inequality. Coming of Age in the Other America
shows that despite overwhelming odds, some disadvantaged urban
youth do achieve upward mobility.
The strengths and abilities children develop from infancy through
adolescence are crucial for their physical, emotional, and
cognitive growth, which in turn help them to achieve success in
school and to become responsible, economically self-sufficient,
and healthy adults. Capable, responsible, and healthy adults are
clearly the foundation of a well-functioning and prosperous
society, yet America’s future is not as secure as it could be
because millions of American children live in families with
incomes below the poverty line.
Assistant Professor Mike Palazzolo’s research examines how
consumers make intertemporal trade-offs. He has two streams of
research stemming from this over-arching interest. The first
explores consumer search behavior and the trade-off between
short-term effort and long-term outcomes. The second explores
consumer financial decision making and the trade-off between
short-term expenditure and long-term savings.