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Welcome Back Students!

Interested in becoming more involved with the Center on Poverty and Inequality? To celebrate the start of the school year, we’re hosting a welcome reception for undergraduate and graduate students. Please drop by and enjoy the cupcakes, meet our staff, and learn more about what we do. Bring your friends! No RSVP required.

Thursday, September 28, Building 370, 4:30pm
New Poverty Numbers

According to the Supplemental Poverty Measure, poverty fell by half of a percentage point between 2015 and 2016. But not everyone benefited from this overall decline ... elderly Americans, for example, experienced an increase in poverty.
The Other Side of Assimilation

In his new book, CPI research group leader Tomás Jiménez turns the usual immigration story on its head by showing us how immigrants are changing America, not how America is changing immigrants. 
National Poverty Fellows Program

The Institute for Research on Poverty invites scholars who have received their Ph.D. within the last six years to apply for its 2018–2019 National Poverty Fellows Program. Fellows will be in residence at the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation in the Administration for Children and Families. Applications are due by November 26, 2017.

Pathways Magazine
There are Still Two Americas

We remain two Americas: a high-poverty America for blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans, and a (relatively) low-poverty America for whites and Asians.
A New Safety Net for 21st-Century Families

The U.S. safety net is designed for the stable families of the past. In a bold new prescription for revamping the welfare system, Lonnie Berger shows that, if we continue to pretend that family arrangements are stable and simple, our policies will miss the mark by ignoring the reality of how children are being raised. 

Current Trends in Social Mobility

In this video from our online course on poverty and inequality, CPI research group leader Raj Chetty examines how geography affects the chances that a child born into poverty will move up the income ladder.

Talks and Events
Heterogeneity: New Opportunities for Causal Inference and Prediction

ETH Zürich professor Peter Buhlmann explores how heterogeneity in large-scale data can be exploited for causal inference and more robust prediction.

Monday, October 2, MBA Class of 1968 Building, Room C105, 1:10pm
Rethinking Mental Health Services for American Indian Communities

How should mental health services be delivered to American Indian communities? A public talk by University of Michigan professor Joseph Gone.

Tuesday, October 3, Margaret Jacks Hall, Terrace Room, 4pm
Unequal Families, Unequal Effects

UCLA professor Jennie Brand explains why not all divorces are created equal. 

Thursday, October 5, Mendenhall 101, 12:30pm
Workforce and Learning Pathways in a Period of Dynamic Change

This conference explores the economic, social, and political impact of the changing nature of work.

Friday, October 6, Arrillaga Alumni Center, 8:30am
Income and Wealth Inequality

How is inequality connected to our schools, our governments, and even the taxes we pay? CPI research group leader Emmanuel Saez presents evidence on income and wealth inequality.

Tuesday, October 10, Science Teaching & Learning Center, Room 111, 7:30pm
What Can Universal Basic Income Do for Gender Justice?

NYU Shanghai professor Almaz Zelleke examines the relationship between a universal basic income and gender justice.

Wednesday, October 18, Cubberley Auditorium, 5:30pm
Understanding America’s Workforce

Academics and journalists come together to discuss the lack of diversity in Silicon Valley, the plight of immigrant laborers, the human fallout of the gig economy, and the role of data in discrimination.

Friday, October 20, Arrillaga Alumni Center, 8:30am

Featured Research
A selection of poverty and inequality papers recently released by CPI affiliates

Culture, Ethnicity, and Diversity
Klaus Desmet, Ignacio Ortuño-Ortín, and Romain Wacziarg – American Economic Review

High School Choices and the Gender Gap in STEM
David Card and A. Abigail Payne – NBER

Is There Still Son Preference in the United States?
Francine D. Blau, Lawrence M. Kahn, Peter Brummund, Jason Cook, and Miriam Larson-Koester – NBER

Multi-Generational Impacts of Childhood Access to the Safety Net: Early Life Exposure to Medicaid and the Next Generation’s Health
Chloe N. East, Sarah Miller, Marianne Page, and Laura R. Wherry – NBER

Scraping by: Income and Program Participation After the Loss of Extended Unemployment Benefits
Jesse Rothstein and Robert G. Valletta – Journal of Policy Analysis and Management

Virtual Classrooms: How Online College Courses Affect Student Success
Eric P. Bettinger, Lindsay Fox, Susanna Loeb, and Eric S. Taylor – American Economic Review

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The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, a program of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, is partly supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Elfenworks Foundation, Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the National Science Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Ballmer Group, The James Irvine Foundation, Tides Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation).

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