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Brian ThiedeEconomic Disadvantage in Rural America
April 12, 2017
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Central
Brian Thiede, Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology and Sociology, Penn State University
Rural America and small-town America have been slower to recover from the Great Recession than U.S. metropolitan areas. This webinar explores the general economic context in which rural Americans live, with a focus on poverty and underemployment. It traces trends over recent decades, and explores possible causes (and solutions) to economic disadvantage in the rural United States.

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TANF turns 20
Fast Focus No. 26 presents a summary of the presentations and discussion by a group of the nation's leading experts on welfare reform, who gathered at the Brookings Institution to discuss the effects of the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA), what the landmark legislation sought to do, and its effects on target groups. The event was intended to produce a bipartisan synthesis on welfare reform with an eye toward future improvements in the national safety net that encourages work while also supporting disadvantaged families.

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Anna Gassman-PinesSanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
Substantial evidence indicates that in SNAP households with children, the vast majority of SNAP nutrition assistance recipients are spending all of their monthly allotted benefit in the first two weeks and about 27% have spent over three quarters of their total SNAP just in that first two weeks following receipt. Taking advantage of variation in the timing of the distribution of SNAP benefits, Gassman-Pines examined the links between the timing of SNAP benefits in a household to children's achievement test scores.

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Extramural Research Funding: Policies and Programs to Reduce Child Poverty and Its Effects

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison seeks to fund research examining policies and programs with the potential to reduce child poverty and/or its effects, a key area of interest identified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Proposals are invited from U.S. Ph.D.-holding poverty scholars at all career stages, from postdoctoral fellows to senior faculty, and from all disciplines. IRP anticipates funding four to eight projects, with awards ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 each.

Proposal deadline: 5:00 p.m. CDT, March 31, 2017

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"Economic Causes and Consequences of Child Maltreatment" CYSR edited by Kristen Slack, Lawrence Berger, and Jennifer Noyes now publicly available online
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Focus 33:1: Social Determinants of Health

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