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UKCPR Director James Ziliak participated in a moderated panel at the Aspen Institute on policies to promote economic opportunity for Americans left behind. Ziliak unveiled a series of proposals to both bring rural people to jobs and jobs to rural people. The book is available for free download and a video archive of the panel discussions may be found here.
James Ziliak offers a solution to address the challenges facing the middle class in "The Shrinking Middle Class: How We Can Fix It", which is part of a special report found in the January 2019 issue of Fortune Magazine.
UKCPR received a grant totalling $1.49 million from the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) in USDA to sponsor a competitive grant initiative to understand the causes, consequences, and correlates of food-related hardships facing older persons in the United States. More information is available here.
Charles Courtemanche joined the Department of Economics at the University of Kentucky in the fall of 2018, and is a research affiliate at UKCPR. Chuck's research is on health economics and applied microeconomics more generally. He was a recipient of a grant from UKCPR's Research Program on Childhood Hunger, where he found evidence that access to Walmart Supercenters lowered prices paid by low-income households, and subsequently led to reductions in food insecurity. He also recently conducted a study using data from FoodAPS, where he and his co-authors examined whether the effect of SNAP participation on food insecurity and obesity differed whether the source of information on SNAP came from survey reports or administrative records. More information on Chuck and his research can be found here.
The University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research (UKCPR) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit academic research center established in 2002. Our research informs evidence-based policy on the causes, consequences, and correlates of poverty, inequality, and food insecurity in the United States.
UKCPR is a member of the Collaborative of Poverty Centers sponsored by the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison with underwriting from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The other member poverty centers are located at Columbia University, Howard University, Stanford University, University of California-Davis, University of California-Irvine, University of Michigan, and University of Washington. The goal of the CPC is to improve the effectiveness of public policies to reduce poverty and inequality and their impacts on the well-being of the American people.