Greg Duncan, UC Irvine School of Education Child Poverty: Next Steps for Research and Policy: IHD/Developmental Colloquium Fall 2019
Colloquium | October 17 | 2:30-4 p.m. | 1102 Berkeley Way West
Greg Duncan, UC Irvine School of Education
Abstract: Although child poverty rates have fallen by half in the past 50 years, 13% of U.S. children (9.7 million in all) live in families with incomes below the poverty line. Drawing from a recently released National Academy report on child poverty, I briefly summarize causal evidence on the consequences of poverty for childrens development as well as research on the impacts of anti-poverty programs such as food stamps and the Earned Income Tax Credit on development. Addressing a gap in evidence on the impact of poverty on very young children, I describe an ongoing experiment in which low-income mothers with newborns are randomly assigned to receive either smaller or larger monthly cash gifts over the first forty months of their childrens lives. Impacts on childrens cognitive and socioemotional development and on family processes thought to mediate the impacts of poverty on child well-being are both assessed. Finally, drawing again on the National Academy report, I review the success in reducing child poverty of twenty new programs and policy approaches.