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“Intended and Unintended Effects of the War on Poverty: What Research Tells Us and Implications for Policy”

Professor Marianne Bitler, UC Davis
When
Jan 31, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-800)
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1130 K Street, Room LL3
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Professor Bitler will summarize the state of research about several important programs established during the War on Poverty or shortly thereafter. She will touch on a number of food assistance, early human capital, and health programs including Medicaid (MediCal), Food Stamps (CalFresh), WIC, and Head Start. For some of these programs, there has been recent discussion of cutting them back or changing their eligibility rules. Both intended effects-such as reductions in hunger caused by Food Stamps and improved health coverage caused by Medicaid-and unintended effects good or bad-such as reduced labor supply and savings or better health later in life-will be touched upon. Incorporating the unintended effects is crucial for any serious cost-benefit analysis and alleviation of poverty.

Marianne Bitler is a Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of California, Davis; M Bitler Photoa Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research; and a Research Fellow at IZA. She received her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998. Her research focuses on the effects of the US social safety net on poverty, income, human capital, and health; economics of the family; economics of education; and health economics. She has served on National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine panels on evaluating the new WIC food packages as well as using the ACS to expand access to school nutrition programs.

 

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