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  • UKCPR announces grantees for research on food security using the PSID

    June 2017

    The University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service and Food and Nutrition Service, is funding five studies in 2017-18 to analyze food security using data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID). These projects focus on economic analyses of longitudinal household food insecurity and its links to food assistance program participation, work, income, consumption, health, and wealth.

    All projects utilize PSID data. The USDA has sponsored the 18-item food security module in the 1999, 2001, 2003, 2015, and 2017 main family surveys, as well as the 1997 and 2014 Child Development Supplement.

    Our funded projects include the following:

    The long-term Health consequences of childhood food insecurity -- Angela R. Fertig, Medica Research Institute

  • UKCPR director to discuss the merits of a targeted child safety net

    May 2017

    UKCPR Director James Ziliak participated in a May 17 Webinar that discussed a proposal that would convert the nonrefundable Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit to a refundable credit. The webinar is a part of the University of Wisconsin's Institute for Research on Poverty Webinar Series.  Ziliak 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.  Access the Webinar.

  • Robert Paul Hartley Joins The Center on Poverty and Social Policy

    May 2017

    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.

  • TANF turns 20

    March 2017

    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.

  • Ziliak's Congressional testimony featured in U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture report

    December 2016

    James Ziliak's Congressional testimony was featured in the  U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture December 2016 report, Past, Present, and Future of SNAP. The report provides an understanding of how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) utilizes benefits to serve its population.

  • Ziliak discusses potential policy impacts on programs for the poor

    November 2016

    UKCPR Director James Ziliak was recently featured on Vox.com discussing the efficiacy of poverty alleviation programs and the potential impact of policy changes on the heels of the 2016 general election. Read the full article.

  • UKCPR receives grant to study food insecurity using Panel Study of Income Dynamics

    September 2016

    UKCPR has received a $300,000 grant from the Economic Research Service in the US Department of Agriculture to sponsor and conduct longitudinal research on food insecurity in the United States using data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, the longest continuously running longitudinal survey in the world.  A request for proposals will be released later in fall 2016.

  • UKCPR partners with University of Wisconsin-Madison on U.S. poverty center grant

    September 2016

    UKCPR has been awarded a five year, $443,202 grant as part of the Collaborative of U.S. Poverty Centers, organized by the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Underwriting for the award is provided by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which established the IRP as the new National Poverty Research Center. The funds will enable UKCPR to conduct research and organize conferences on deep poverty, self-sufficiency, and rural poverty, among other topics. Other CUSPC members include the Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University, the Center on Race and Wealth at Howard University, and the University of Washington West Coast Poverty Center. Visit the IRP Web site for more information.

  • Ziliak receives NSF grant to launch Kentucky Research Data Center

    July 2016

    Dr. James Ziliak, UK professor of economics, received a National Science Foundation grant to establish the Kentucky Research Data Center in the Gatton College of Business and Economics. Ziliak will be Executive Director of the new NSF-funded Kentucky Research Data Center (KRDC), which will be part of a national network of Federal Statistical Research Data Centers. The high security federal research center will be a collaboration between UK, Indiana University, The Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati, and University of Louisville.  Read the press release from the Gatton College of Business and Economics.

  • UKCPR research featured in Vox article

    June 2016

    A UKCPR discussion paper authored by Robert Hartley, Carlos, Lamarche, and James Ziliak was recently featured in a welfare reform restrospective on Vox.com. The paper, titled Welfare reform and the intergenerational transmission of dependence, uses the Panel Study of Dynamics to estimate the impact of welfare participation on subsequent generations in a family. Read the Vox.com article.