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  • Podcast from AEPP discusses food insecurity and Medicaid

    A new podcast from Applied Economc Perspectives and Policy features a discussion between AEPP Managing Editor and UKCPR Research Affiliate Craig Gundersen, Winthrop University Assistant Professor of Economics Nick Moellman, and Oklahoma State Professor of Agribusiness Bailey Norwood about the impact of Medicaid expansion on food security and how online surveys contribute to the understanding of food insecurity in the U.S. The discussion elaborates on two recent articles from AEPP. Moellman discusses his article Healthcare and hunger: Effects of the ACA, Medicaid expansions and food insecurity in America, while Bailey discusses his research on Can Internet surveys mimic food insecurity rates published by the U.S. Government? Listen to the podcast.

  • Hardy appears on MSNBC; quoted in WSJ

    Bradley Hardy, associate professor of economics and American University and UKCPR research affiliate, has appeared in two national media outlets for expert commentary about the disparate impact of SARS-CV-2 on minority populations in the United States. He was a featured commentator on MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell on June 12. View Hardy's appearance on MSNBC. Hardy was also quoted in an article in the Wall Street Journal about how the pandemic has wiped out record levels of employment and wages for African-Americans achieved during the past 10 years. Hardy noted that the pandemic impact exposed a range of economic insecurities experienced by African-Americans, including lack of access to medical care and concentrations in low-wage jobs. Access the article. Note that an online subscription to the Wall Street Journal is required.

  • UK Webinar will discuss economic impact of SARS-CV-2

    A UK Alumni Association Webinar will feature UK Economics Department faculty in a discussion about the economic impacts of the SARS-CV-2 (Covid 19) pandemic. The event is scheduled for Thursday, June 4, at 4 p.m. It will feature two economics faculty who have received Great Teacher awards and a panel of economics faculty. Gail Hoyt and Darshak Patel  will lead the panel discussion, which includes Mike Clark, interim director of the Center for Business and Economic Research, Jenny Minier, Ken Troske, and UKCPR Director James Ziliak. The Webinar is open to the public and is the inaugral event for a new series titled Great Teachers on Great Challenges. Read the full story from UK Public Relations. Register for the Webinar.


Aaron Yelowitz is a professor of economics at the University of Kentucky and also holds a joint appointment in UK’s Martin School of Public Policy. He is also a fellow at the Cato Institute. Aaron’s research focuses on public and health economics.

His recent study (with UK colleague Charles Courtemanche et al. ) analyzed the impact of measures introduced by states to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus. The research found that mandatory measures reduced the potential spread of SARS-CoV-2 by tenfold. The research has been featured widely in recent days on CNN and Univision and in publications such as Health Affairs and the Washington Post. The event study estimated that various measures introduced in states March 1-April 27 likely prevented an outbreak of 35 million cases in the US, as opposed to the 1 million cases as of April 27.

Aaron’s has also published research in the Journal of Political Economy Quarterly, the Journal of Health Economics, the Journal of Economics, and the Journal of Public Economics. In the popular press, Aaron’s work has been featured in Forbes, National Review, and the Wall Street Journal, as well as broadcast outlets such as  CNBC, National Public Radio, Kentucky Educatonal Television, and local Lexington television.

Visit Aaron’s faculty page.ntucky

Mission Statement

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 UniversityHoward 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.