TANF turns 20
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
UKCPR announces 2016 FoodAPS research awards
The University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research is pleased to announce the competitive awarding of three grants totaling $150,000 dollars as part of our initiative Understanding SNAP, Food Security, and Geographic Factors in Food Purchase and Acquisition Decisions.
UKCPR research featured in Southern Economic Journal
Funded research from UKCPR's Research Program on Childhood Hunger is now featured in a special issue of the Southern Economic Journal. The research focuses on food insecurity among multigenerational families.
UKCPR director to make presentation on strengthening SNAP for Hamilton Project
James Ziliak will release a new proposal on strengthening SNAP as part of a conference sponsored by the Hamilton Project. The proposal will be presented during a half day's event at the Brookings Institution and also includes noted speakers such as former Treasury secretaries Rubin and Summers, as well as former Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board Alan Blinder. The policy forum Strengthening the Safety Net to Mitigate the Effect of Future Recessions will be held May 23, 2016. Access more information on the event.