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  • UKCPR funded research published in top-tier journal

    A UKCPR funded research project at the University of Michigan was published in the January 2020 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

    The research study, titled “Childhood Food Involvement: Protection against food insecurity in young adulthood” was supported through UKCPR’s research program aimed at exploring data in the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID). The Michigan study looked at family behavioral factors that mitigate food insecurity in young adulthood. Read more.

  • UKCPR announces new Request for Proposals on Senior Hunger Research

    The University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research (UKCPR), with underwriting from the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, announces a second round competition for research contracts that expand our understanding of food-related hardships among older persons in the United States and the policy implications for addressing food insecurity among Americans aged 60 and older. Read more.

  • Ziliak makes presentation at Kentucky Senior Hunger Summit

    UKCPR Director James Ziliak was a featured speaker at the Kentucky Senior Hunger Summit in Frankfort on Oct. 30. The event was sponsored by the Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living. Ziliak discussed findings from his annual report for on the State of Senior Hunger, co-authored with Craig Gundersen of the University of Illinois. Link to the State Journal article about the Summit. View Ziliak’s Powerpoint presentation from his presentation.


Carlos Lamarche is a Gatton endowed professor of economics at the University of Kentucky. He is an econometrician who has contributed recent articles to publications such at the Journal of Econometrics, the Annals of Economics and Statistics, and the International Economic Review. Carlos is the co-editor of the Southern Economic Journal and a research fellow at Global Labor Organization. In 2018, he received the Research Excellence Award for research productivity from the Gatton College of Business and Economics and also received the outstanding teaching award from the college in 2016. Carlos’ 2019 Journal of Econometrics publication is titled “A panel quantile approach to attrition bias in big data: Evidence from a randomized experiment,” an issue published in honor of MIT professor Jerry Hausman. His article builds on 1979 research conducted by Hausman and colleague David Wise.

Visit his faculty page.



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.