Funding opportunity from Tufts and USDA for research on food security measurement
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in conjunction with Tufts University and the University of Missouri, is sponsoring a funding opportunity in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the Current Population Survey Food Security Supplement. The application deadline is Feb. 19, 2021. The grants program will fund research investigating food security measurement, data, and further research needs. This funding opportunity seeks proposals of up to $50,000 using secondary data or reviews of existing literature and larger projects of up to $100,000 that may include primary data collection and new analysis. Read more.
Ziliak quoted in Philadelphia Inquirer article about Census poverty data
UKCPR Director James Ziliak was quoted in a Sept. 15 Philadelphia Inquirer article about Covid-19’s impact on low U.S. poverty numbers and record household income in 2019. The Census reported a poverty rate of 10.5 percent last year and a spike in household income -- from $64,324 in 2018 to $68,703 in 2019. Read more.
Pandemic disproportionately affects Black households
UKCPR Research Affiliate Bradley Hardy has co-authored a new report titled Racial Economic Inequality Amid the Covid-19 Crisis. The report is published through the Hamilton Project, a non-partisan project by the Brookings Institution that focuses on fostering long-term prosperity and effective government. Hardy’s paper, co-authored by Trevon Logan of The Ohio State University, looks at how the pandemic has worsened racial inequality for Black households in the United States. Read more.
Poverty scholars condemn opinion piece of NYU professor
A group of leading poverty scholars and directors of the National Collaborative of Poverty Centers has issued a strong statement of criticism of a recent opinion piece in the journal Society, authored by Lawrence Mead, a political scientist at New York University. The July 2020 article -- drawn from his book Burdens of Freedom: Cultural Difference and American Power -- has received widespread condemation from the academic community. (Read entire article).
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.
June 3 seminar will present impact of social distancing
UKCPR affilaited researchers Aaron Yelowitz and Charles Courtemanche will present information about their research on the impact of state measures to reduce the spread of SARS-CV-2 in a public Webinar on June 3, noon-1 p.m. Their research found that social distancing measures significantly reduced the spread of the deadly virus. Serving as discussants for the event will be Teresa M. Waters, professor and Wethington Endowed Chair in Health Management and Policy, UK College of Public Health, and James Ziliak, UK professor of Economics and director of UKCPR. To view the webinar click the following link or paste it into your Web browser: https://cph.uky.edu/DistancingData
Ziliak and Moffitt argue for bigger Safety Net response to Covid-19 crisis
UKCPR Director James Ziliak and Johns Hopkins Economics Professor Robert Moffitt have authored a new analysis in The Hill on the need for a more robust federal response to mitigate the enconomic impact of the coronavirus. They cite job losses not seen since the Great Depression and devastating shocks to household incomes as evidence for the need to "Deploy the Safety Net." Read more.
Ziliak and Hardy argue for direct payments to mitigate Covid-19 impact
UKCPR director James Ziliak and research affiliate Bradley Hardy argue in a Brookings Institute policy brief that the federal government should expedite direct payments to U.S. households to mitigate the economic impact of the coronavirus. Because the response to Covid-19 is affecting every sector of the economy rapidly, the two Brookings affiliates believe that payment amounts should cover about 60 percent of U.S. median household income and be made to every household, without delay. They also recommend immediate relaxing of rules to safety net programs to meet the challenges of caring for the nation’s poor and vulnerable populations. Read the entire Brookings Institution brief.