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Friday, October 18 • 9:40am - 10:40am
Child Poverty: Next Steps for Research and Policy

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Although child poverty rates have fallen by half in the past 50 years, 13% of U.S. children (9.7 million in all) still live in families with incomes below the poverty line. Drawing from a recently released National Academy report on child poverty, I will briefly summarize causal evidence on the consequences of poverty for children's healthy development, as well as research on the developmental impacts of anti-poverty programs such as food stamps and the Earned Income Tax Credit. In light of our relative ignorance of the impact of poverty on very young children, I will describe an ongoing experiment in which low-income mothers with newborns are randomly assigned to receive either smaller or larger monthly cash gifts over the first 40 months of their children's lives. Impacts will be assessed on both children's cognitive and socioemotional development as well as on family processes thought to mediate the impacts of poverty on child well-being. Finally, I will describe the impacts on child poverty and employment of 20 program and policy approaches to reducing child poverty, which is also found in the National Academy report.

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Greg Duncan

Professor, University of California Irvine, School of Education
Greg Duncan holds the title of Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine. Duncan received his PhD in economics from the University of Michigan and spent the first 35 years of his career at the University of Michigan and Northwestern... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am PDT
Room 217