In this video, economist Ann Huff Stevens discusses income inequality and the lasting effects of poverty during childhood. In the U.S., she says, part of the challenge is the sense of shame associated with using public assistance programs. The Earned Income Tax Credit is an effective anti-poverty program that overcomes this stigma by rewarding work and transferring income to needy families through the tax system.
Stevens is a Professor of Economics at UC Davis and Director of the Center for Poverty Research. She also serves as Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Management. 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.