Co-Director, Center on Poverty and Social Policy
Research Scientist, Columbia Population Research Center
School of Social Work
Christopher Wimer is co-director of the Columbia University Center on Poverty and Social Policy and the Project Director on the Robin Hood Poverty Tracker. He conducts research on the measurement of poverty and disadvantage in both local and national contexts, as well as historical trends in poverty and the impacts of social policies on the poverty rate. He also studies how families cope with poverty and economic insecurity, with a focus on food insecurity and other forms of material hardship. His work pays particular attention to the role of government policies and programs on the wellbeing of low-income families and children.
Christopher Wimer's Research Interests
- Poverty and hardship measurement
- Safety net programs and policies
- Deep poverty