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Spring Poverty Seminar Series

January 13, 2022

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Spring Semester Speakers

Spring Semester, 3rd Friday, January – April
Starting Friday, January 21, 2022
noon-1:30 p.m.

This event is open to the public and there’s no cost to attend.

The School of Social Work, in partnership with the Center for Social and Behavioral Science, is pleased to invite you to our virtual Spring 2022 Poverty Seminar Series, starting Friday, January 21, from noon-1:30 p.m.

This semester’s talks will focus on poverty reduction via cash transfer programs. During this seminar series, faculty from various disciplines will present their research on program implementation and evaluation and will provide insights on how unconditional cash transfers can affect child development, poverty alleviation, housing, and economic opportunity. Following the speakers’ research presentation, participants will have the opportunity to engage in a Q&A.

Registration to attend the Spring Poverty Seminar Series is now open! We encourage you to submit questions in advance via the registration form.

Register now

Meet the Speakers

    Distinguished Professor, School of Education
    University of California Irvine
    Date: Friday, January 21
    Time: noon-1:30 p.m.

    “The causal impact of poverty reduction on infants and their families.”

    Early childhood poverty has long been associated with school achievement, educational attainment, adult earnings and, more recently, functional neural development. Two family-process pathways have been proposed – a “what money can buy” path consisting of the child enrichment and other time and money expenditures made by parents on behalf of their children, and a “stress” pathway that operates through parental mental health and parenting sensitivity. Unclear in these mostly correlational studies is whether poverty causes developmental and family process differences early in life. The seminar will describe early results on infant EEG power from a randomized control trial (RCT) of poverty reduction. Participants were 1000 mother-infant dyads who enrolled in Baby’s First Years, the first randomized control study of poverty reduction in early childhood in the United States. Mothers and their infants were recruited in hospital maternity wards in four U.S. metropolitan areas (New York City, the greater New Orleans metropolitan area, the greater Omaha metropolitan area, and the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul). Shortly after giving birth, mothers were randomized to either a “high-cash gift group,” receiving $333/month, or a “low-cash gift group,” receiving $20 per month. The presentation will focus on group differences (i.e., treatment effects) on EEG-based outcomes and mediators as well as possible policy implications of these differences.

    Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
    University of Tennessee Knoxville
    Date: Friday, February 18
    Time: noon-1:30 p.m.
    Professor, Graduate School of Social Work
    University of Denver
    Date: Friday, March 25
    Time: noon-1:30 p.m.
  • TBD
    Date: Friday, April 15
    Time: noon-1:30 p.m.
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