Jul 12, 2017
Op-ed by James Ziliak Featured on the Huffington Post
An op-ed written by James Ziliak was recently featured on the Huffington Post. The article, "SNAP Works", discusses the effectiveness of SNAP as public assistance program in light of recently proposed legislation designed to limit spending on public assistance. The “Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act” by Congressman Jim Jordan and Senator Mike Lee is designed to curtail spending on SNAP and increase work requirements for recipients. Ziliak argues these work requirements put excessive burden on single parent households and are "based on the false premise that too many [households with children] are receiving benefits for too long and without work. The evidence does not support this claim." The full article may be read here.
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Jul 06, 2017
James Ziliak Co-Edits Volume of The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
A new volume of The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, co-edited by James Ziliak of UKCPR, is now available. The volume (Vol 672, Issue 1) is titled "The Rural-Urban Interface: New Patterns of Spatial Interdependence and Inequality in America," and examines the disparities in inequality, and social, economic, and political hierarchies between rural and urban America. The volume, based on a conference co-organized by UKCPR in 2016, also documents the fluidity of rural-urban boundaries and the implications for research programs and public policy. More information about the volume may be found here.
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Jun 22, 2017
UKCPR is co-organizing the conference "Deep Poverty in the United States" with the University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty and the Urban Institute, June 27-28, 2017, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC. The conference is designed to identify those in deep poverty and the issues they face. The conference allows researchers and practitioners interested in poverty issues to form connections and identify possible opportunities and implications for policy, practice, and research. For more information, please see the attached agenda.
Jun 01, 2017
UKCPR Announces Grantees for Research on Food Security Using the PSID
The University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research (UKCPR), in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service and Food and Nutrition Service, is pleased to announce the competitive awarding of five grants totaling $200,000 for the study of household food insecurity using the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID). This initiative focuses on economic analyses of longitudinal household food insecurity and its links to food assistance program participation, work, income, consumption, health, and wealth. More information about the funded projects may be found here.
May 24, 2017
James Ziliak Discusses the Trump Budget Proposal on the Safety Net
James Ziliak was recently featured on Marketplace, Vox, and The New York Times discussing President Trump's budget proposal stipulations for safety net programs. The President's budget plan includes cuts of $191 billion in SNAP benefits over the next decade, and would include work requirements for programs like Medicaid. On Marketplace, Ziliak discusses how work requirements might affect families in parts of the country where unemployment is still high. "If you impose a work requirement but there aren't really many jobs available, then that's kind of a double whammy," Ziliak said. Ziliak also notes the responsiveness of SNAP to recessions in Vox, and its importance as an automatic stabilizer. The New York Times quotes Ziliak's findings on the effectiveness of the Appalachian Regional Commission in reducing poverty, a program eliminated under the budget proposal. To listen to the Marketplace report, please click here. To read the full article on Vox, please click here. For The New York Times article, please click here.
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May 22, 2017
The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has published a funding opportunity announcement for grants to support dissertation research by doctoral students using behavioral science approaches to study questions related to social services programs and policies. These grants are intended to build the capacity of the research field to apply a behavioral science lens to issues facing low-income families and other vulnerable groups in the United States.
The grants are available to scholars who are engaged in behavioral science research of relevance to ACF programs and populations. The maximum grant award is $25,000 per budget period, for either a 12- or 24-month project period. Letters of intent are due by June 7, 2017 with full applications due July 3, 2017. Details on submission, as well as suggestions for potential research topics, may be found here. Interested applications may also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (877)-350-5913.
May 17, 2017
James Ziliak to Discuss the Merits of a Targeted Child Safety Net
James Ziliak will participate in a webinar to discuss a proposal that would convert the nonrefundable Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit to a refundable credit from 2:00-3:00 PM EDT on Wednesday, May 17th. The webinar is a part of the University of Wisconsin's Institute for Research on Poverty Webinar Series. James will participate alongside Christopher Wimer of Columbia University's Center on Poverty and Social Policy, who will discuss a plan for a Universal Child Allowance. Registration for the webinar is open now, and more information on the webinar can be found here.
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May 04, 2017
Robert Paul Hartley Joins The Center on Poverty and Social Policy
Robert Paul Hartley, a current UKCPR Graduate Research Fellow, will join The Center on Poverty and Social Policy, a new research center at the Columbia University School of Social Work, as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the fall. The CPSP is a member of the Collaborative of Poverty Centers (CPC) organized by the University of Wisconsin's Institute for Research on Poverty, of which UKCPR is also a member. CPSP recently launched its website, which showcases work focusing on poverty and social policy issues in New York City and the United States, providing unique data, policy tools, and research products for policy makers and researchers.
Photo Credit: CPSP-Columbia University.
Mar 07, 2017
TANF turns 20
A group of the nation's leading experts on welfare reform recently participated in a conference hosted by UKCPR and the Brookings Center on Children and Families. Analysts, policymakers, and practitioners gathered to discuss how the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996 changed the welfare landscape, and what the future of TANF might entail. Participants discussed the impact of welfare reform on caseloads and overall levels of assistance, and analyzed how successful TANF has been at promoting two parent families and incentivizing work. More information about the conference, along with a brief summary, can be found here.
Feb 03, 2017
Call for Summer Dissertation Proposal Writing Workshop applications
As part of the US Collarborative of Poverty Centers, the Univeristy of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Poverty Research and Howard University’s Center on Race and Wealth invite applications from underrepresented populations to apply for the first annual Summer Dissertation Proposal Writing Workshop. The workshop will be held May 21-27, 2017, at Howard University and is aimed at pre-proposal doctoral students in the social sciences. It will be led by faculty from Howard University and the Institute for Poverty Research at UW-Madison. Applications are due March 1, 2017. More information can be found here.