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  • The University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research (UKCPR) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit academic research center housed in the Gatton College of Business and Economics. Established in 2002, the Center’s research informs evidence-based policy on the causes, consequences, and correlates of poverty and inequality in the United States.

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Spotlight

  • UKCPR-IRP Collaborate on Newly Released Book "SNAP Matters"

    The book SNAP Matters:  How Food Stamps Affect Health and Well Being, is now available and is the product of a UKCPR-IRP conference held in September of 2013 at the Brookings Institution.  The book is co-edited by Judith Bartfeld, Craig Gundersen, Timothy M. Smeeding and James P. Ziliak, and begins asking questions that matter regarding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formally known as Food Stamps. Finding that SNAP is highly responsive to macroeconomic pressures and one of the most effective anti-poverty programs, this book encourages policymakers, students, and researchers to continue to examine SNAP.  Read more about the book here.

    The editors have released a series of four policy briefs to accompany the book.  For more information on the briefs, please see the links below.

    Focus on Policy No. 6
    November 2015
    The Basics of SNAP Food Assistance
    Judith Bartfeld, Craig Gundersen, Timothy Smeeding, and James Ziliak
     
    Focus on Policy No. 7
    November 2015
    SNAP Trends and Antipoverty Impacts
    Judith Bartfeld, Craig Gundersen, Timothy Smeeding, and James Ziliak
     
    Focus on Policy No. 8
    November 2015
    SNAP, Food Security, and Health
    Judith Bartfeld, Craig Gundersen, Timothy Smeeding, and James Ziliak
                   
    Focus on Policy No. 9
    November 2015
    SNAP and the Low-Income Safety Net
    Judith Bartfeld, Craig Gundersen, Timothy Smeeding, and James Ziliak

In The News

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    Feeding America, in cooperation with The University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research (UKCPR), will competitively award grants to qualified individuals to provide rigorous research that utilizes Map the Meal Gap (MMG) to expand our... Read more

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    The University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research (UKCPR), in cooperation with the Economic Research Service (ERS), will competitively award grants to qualified individuals and institutions to provide rigorous research that utilizes the... Read more

  • Jan
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    James Ziliak comments on the positive impact SNAP has on families on NPR's The Salt.  The full article, "In Defense of Food Stamps:  Why the White House Sings SNAP's Praises," can be found ... Read more