2017–2018 IRP Webinar Series

IRP places a high priority on making knowledge and information available to interested parties. In addition to our on-campus seminar series, IRP offers regular online webinars on current research on poverty and social inequality in the United States. Register for upcoming webinars or watch recordings of past webinars.


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Racial Disparities in Student Debt Burdens: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions

November 29, 2017, 1:00–2:00 pm CST/2:00–3:00 pm EST

Jason Houle and Fenaba Addo

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Featuring Jason Houle and Fenaba Addo

In the United States it is well known that student loan debt has been rising for several years. Less known is that black college students rely more on student loans than white students, have higher student loan debt burdens, and are more likely to default. At the same time, black young adults face more difficult labor market prospects. In this webinar, Jason Houle of Dartmouth College and Fenaba Addo of the University of Wisconsin–Madison will examine these trends and the extent to which they may be contributing to black-white disparities in wealth.


Paid Family Leave for Low-Income Women

Marci Ybarra

October 18, 2017, 1:00–2:00 pm CDT/2:00–3:00 pm EDT

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Featuring Marci Ybarra

With growing national interest in Paid Family Leave, there are many questions about how these policies might extend to low-income women. In this webinar, Marci Ybarra of the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration will provide an overview of current family leave policies and research. She will then discuss how other public welfare programs may function as temporary supports for poor mothers with infant children, and how expanded paid family leave programs could improve the well-being of families with children.


Using Neighborhood Socioeconomic Data to Improve Health Outcomes

Amy Kind

September 6, 2017, 1:00–2:00 pm CDT/2:00–3:00 pm EDT

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Living in a socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhood is associated with lower education, worse health behaviors, higher stress, and increased rates of mortality and disease. These associations have been recognized for decades, but there have been barriers to applying this information to health policy and health delivery. In this webinar, Dr. Amy Kind of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health will discuss the relationship between neighborhood disadvantage and health disparities, and the challenges of incorporating socioeconomic measures within national-level health policy and delivery. She will then introduce a practical approach to measuring neighborhood disadvantage and discuss early applications of this tool for health care delivery.


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