IRP Researchers at APPAM Policy Research Conference

October 28, 2016

MADISON—A multidisciplinary contingent of Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) researchers and researchers-in-training from the University of Wisconsin–Madison will present their work on a wide range of poverty policy-related issues at the nation's foremost national policy analysis conference November 3–5 in Washington, DC.

The scholars will be participating in the 2016 Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Annual Fall Research Conference, whose theme is "The Role of Research in Making Government More Effective," which is a key objective of IRP's work in the areas of U.S. poverty and inequality.

To mark IRP's 50th anniversary as a Poverty Research Center, IRP is sponsoring two conference roundtables that will feature leading social scientists drawing from a set of policy proposals prepared for a forthcoming issue of the Russell Sage Foundation's RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences. The scholars will focus on innovative, potentially high-impact, specific policy proposals intended to reduce poverty or improve economic well-being in the short- and/or long-term. The first roundtable will focus on family and work supports and the second will examine cash transfers.

The list below comprises the APPAM presentations, symposia, panels, and posters organized, chaired, discussed, and/or presented by IRP campus Affiliates, Postdoctoral Fellows (NPFs), and Graduate Research Fellows (GRFs), in alphabetical order by researcher (click on titles for further details in the conference program).

IRP Researchers and Graduate Students at APPAM Fall Research Conference
Paper/Symposium/Poster Title IRP Participant(s)
Thursday, November 3
Special IRP 50th Anniversary Roundtable:
Family and Work Support Innovations for the U.S.: Supporting Self-Sufficiency and Access to Basic Material Needs
Lawrence Berger, IRP Director, Social Work
Uses of Predictive Modeling in Three Policy Areas Marguerite Burns, Population Health Sciences
Welfare Policy in the 21st Century: The Role of Research in Breaking New Ground to Reduce Poverty Maria Cancian, Public Affairs, Social Work
On the 20th Anniversary of Welfare Reform: Changes to the Social Safety Net and Their Consequences Maria Cancian
Parental Involvement and Neighborhood Quality: Evidence from Public Housing Closures and Relocations in Chicago Joel Kaiyuan Han, GRF, Economics
Social Exclusion and Mental Health Among Transgender Adolescents: Results from a Representative Sample Andrea Larson, GRF, Social Work
Gender and the Division of Household Financial Management Madelaine Reid L'Esperance, Consumer Science
Inequality in 3-D: Income, Consumption, and Wealth Timothy Smeeding, Economics, Public Affairs
Friday, November 4
Racial Disparities in Student Loan Debt and the Reproduction of Inequality Fenaba Addo, Consumer Science
Do Low-Income Noncustodial Fathers Trade Families? Economic Contributions to Children in Multiple Families Lawrence Berger, Maria Cancian, Daniel R. Meyer, and Angela Maria Guarin Aristizabal
Giving Unto Others: Private Financial Transfers and Material Hardship Among Families with Children Colin Campbell, NPF, Sociology
Program Participation, Family Dynamics and Economic Instability Colin Campbell
Evidence Based Policy-Making Commission Act of 2016: Updates and Future Plans Maria Cancian
Improving Financial Decision-Making, Financial Health and Well-Being: Insights from Field Experiments J. Michael Collins, Director, Center for Financial Security; Consumer Science, Public Affairs
Competing Methods of Informing Student Borrowers: A Randomized Field Experiment at an Online Proprietary University J. Michael Collins
Pregnancy Medicaid Expansions and Higher-Order Births Lincoln Groves, NPF, Public Administration
Special IRP 50th Anniversary Roundtable:
Anti-Poverty Policy Innovations for the U.S.: Cash Transfers
Katherine Magnuson, Social Work; Maria Cancian, and Timothy Smeeding
Community College Student Decision Making in the Wake of the Great Recession Melinda Petre, NPF, Economics
Use of Large-Scale Data to Assess Social Mobility Timothy Smeeding
Rising Income Inequality and Educational Outcomes for Poor Children Timothy Smeeding
How Latinos' Perceptions of Environmental Health Threats Impact Policy Preferences Edward D. Vargas, Postdoctoral Trainee
Saturday, November 5
Addressing Research Challenges in Measuring Acute Material Hardship Lawrence Berger
Father Placement and Well-Being Among CPS-Involved Children Yonah N. Drazen, GRF, Social Work
Winners and Users: Labor Supply Responses to Medical Marijuana Legislation Lincoln Groves
Improving Service Delivery for Low Income Families through Policy and Technology Reform and Business Process Improvements Julia Isaacs, Visiting Scholar; Senior Fellow, Urban Institute
Child Maltreatment and Protective Service Involvement Among Sexual Minority Youth: An Exploration of Prevalence and Risk Factors Emma Kahle, GRF, Social Work
The Interaction Between Child Support and the Income Support System of the US, Australia, New Zealand and the UK Daniel R. Meyer, Social Work
International Perspectives on Child Support Policy David Pate, Social Work


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