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The National Poverty Center (NPC) at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan was established in the fall of 2002 as a university-based, nonpartisan research center. We conduct and promote multidisciplinary, policy-relevant research, mentor and train emerging scholars, and inform public discourse on the causes and consequences of poverty. The NPC has:

  • Awarded research grants to emerging scholars
  • Conducted large-scale research projects, including the Michigan Recession and Recovery
  • Study (MRRS)
  • Mentored visiting scholars and postdoctoral fellows
  • Trained individuals on poverty research and data analysis
  • Engaged nearly 200 research affiliates from institutions across the country
  • Disseminated over 200 working papers and policy briefs
  • Published edited volumes highlighting NPC-supported poverty research

News and Events


July 19, 2016: Vox interviews Hillary Clinton on the rise of $2.00 a day poverty and what to do about it

May 23, 2016: New York Review of Books on $2.00 a Day and "Why the very poor have become poorer"

May 23, 2016: Sandra Danziger, $2.00 a Day cited in NYT on political rifts over 1996 welfare reform

May 2, 2016: Latest State & Hill addresses rising inequality, null results, the dawn of policy, and more

April 22, 2016: $2.00 a Day wins 2016 Hillman Prize for book journalism in the service of the common good

April 4, 2016: The Atlantic interviews Luke Shaefer for story on the false promise of welfare reform

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In the news

July 18, 2016: Welfare Reform, 20 years later - Kathryn Edin

July 16, 2016: The Vox Conversation with Hillary Clinton: Extreme poverty, welfare reform, and the working poor - Luke Shaefer

July 14, 2016: How Income Inequality Is Fueling the Rise of Unmarried Parents - Andrew Cherlin

June 14, 2016: What LinkedIn Data Reveals About Who Will Help You Get Your Next Job - Sandra Smith

June 14, 2016: 50 years ago, one report introduced Americans to the black-white achievement gap. Here's what we've learned since - Greg Duncan

June 1, 2016: The Failure of Welfare Reform - Robert Moffitt

May 26, 2016: The rich got 74 percent richer, while you and everyone else lost money - Fabian Pfeffer

Past events

March 11, 2016: Persistence and Fadeout in the Impacts of Child and Adolescent Interventions

February 12, 2016: Income & Child Maltrnopeatment in Unmarried Families: Evidence from the Earned Income Tax Credit

April 6, 2015: Beyond civil rights: The Moynihan Report and its legacy

October 14, 2015: $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America

April 24, 2015: Rising wealth inequality: Causes, consequences, and potential responses

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