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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

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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.