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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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and Its Implications for Low-Income Households

February 7, 2018, 1:00–2:00 pm CST/2:00–3:00 pm EST

Elaine Maag and James Ziliak

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Featuring Elaine Maag and James Ziliak

In this webinar, Elaine Maag of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center and James Ziliak of the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research will discuss the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and its anticipated impacts on low-income households in the United States. The presenters will discuss key components of the new tax law and offer projections showing its likely effects on low-income households in the coming decade. Finally, they will discuss the broader implications of the shift in tax policy, including how changes in government funding may matter for other programs and initiatives relevant to low-income Americans.


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The Role of Substance Use and Opioid Misuse in Child Welfare Caseload Increases

January 24, 2018, 1:00–2:00 pm CST/2:00–3:00 pm EST

Robin Ghertner and Annette Waters

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Featuring Robin Ghertner and Annette Waters, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, US Department of Health and Human Services

Substance use can have damaging effects on families and may reduce parents' ability to safely care for their children. After years of decline, foster care caseloads increased by 8 percent from 2011 to 2015. This increase has concerned child welfare practitioners and policymakers, and many have pointed to the opioid epidemic as a major contributing factor. Despite the anecdotes, there has not been nationwide empirical evidence to support this. In this webinar, Robin Ghertner and Annette Waters (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, US Department of Health and Human Services) will present results from a mixed methods study demonstrating that there is a relationship between substance use and opioid misuse prevalence, and child welfare outcomes. They will also discuss the mechanisms by which parental substance use has led to the rise in caseloads, and the unique challenges the current opioid epidemic is presenting to child welfare systems.


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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Featuring Amy Kind

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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