IRP announces its new series of podcasts, hosted by David Chancellor.
Listen to our podcast on UW–Madison's iTunes U.
In this podcast, Crystal Hall of the University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs talks about her work applying insights from behavioral and cognitive psychology to better understand the decision making of people living in the context of poverty. Hall explains how the operating assumptions of programs and services might not do a good job at taking account of the many tradeoffs that people with fewer material resources have to make.Intro music is from "High Instrumental Mix" by Pete Smith.
Douglas Harris, associate professor of economics and University Endowed Chair in Public Education at Tulane University in New Orleans, talks about the development of the charter school system in New Orleans coming out of Hurricane Katrina. He explains some of the likely hypotheses for why New Orleans' schools might be doing better and discusses the challenges of measuring improvement in the city's schools.Intro Music is from "Stormy Blues" by Arne Bang Huseby under a Creative Commons Attribution License.
Bryan Sykes, a sociologist at DePaul University, explains some of the barriers that former inmates encounter when trying to find work and how the costs of incarceration disproportionately affect young African American men. He also talks about his work on off-the-books labor and how former inmates still face heavy discrimination in the informal economy.Intro Music is from "Stormy Blues" by Arne Bang Huseby under a Creative Commons Attribution License.
The EITC and Tax Refunds for Low-Income Tax Filers (December 2012)
Damon Jones, an economist at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy, talks about how the EITC and other refundable tax credits can combine to create a large once-a-year lump sum payment for low-income tax filers and how that payment structure affects the ways that those funds are used.*
Multiple-Partner Fertility and Disadvantaged Families (November 2012)
Marcy Carlson, professor of sociology at UW–Madison, talks about parents having kids with more than one partner and how this can be a challenge for families and for policymakers.
For more on this topic, please see Professor Carlson's webcast presentation at the Population Reference Bureau.Intro music is from "High Instrumental Mix" by Pete Smith.
The Balance Sheets of Low-Income People (October 2012)
J. Michael Collins, director of the Center for Financial Security, explains some of the efforts behind getting more low-income people to save money and talks about the challenges in developing good policy and helpful financial products for the underbanked population.
For more on this, check out the following links:
- FDIC Underbanked research
- US Government site on money management
- Industry collaborative to create products for the underserved
Spatial measurement of child poverty in the United States (September 2012)
Katherine Curtis of University of Wisconsin–Madison's Department of Community and Environmental Sociology talks about developing spatial measurements of poverty and how it is critical to consider locally specific factors when trying to understand the drivers of poverty and child poverty.*
Judi Bartfeld, director of the IRP-USDA RIDGE Center, professor with the Department of Consumer Science, and specialist with the University of Wisconsin–Extension, discusses the growth in food insecurity following the Great Recession, measurement methods, and the development of the Wisconsin Food Security Project website.Intro music is from "High Instrumental Mix" by Pete Smith.
In July's podcast, Bradley Hardy of American University talks about trends in U.S. income volatility and how shifts towards greater volatility can particularly impact low-income people.Intro music is from "High Instrumental Mix" by Pete Smith.
Justin Sydnor, a microeconomist at the Wisconsin School of Business, talks about the growing field of behavioral economics and how it can be applied to research on poverty and the problems facing low-wage workers.*
In IRP's first podcast, Dave talks with Christopher Wimer of the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality about Wimer's work on measuring unmet food need in San Francisco and Marin County, California.**Intro music is from "Commuting (Other Version)" by So Cow.