New research reimagines anti-poverty policies and the social safety net

A selection of innovative anti-poverty policy proposals by leading social scientists, including some from UW-Madison, explores alternatives to shrinking federal programs.

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Annual UW-Madison study shows how poverty fell in Wisconsin in 2015 as the economy improved

Researchers studying the economic and policy forces that affect Wisconsin poverty released their latest results, which show that Wisconsin gained 70,000 jobs, leading to a modest, but statistically significant reduction in poverty as measured by the Wisconsin Poverty Measure (WPM).

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L&S alumnus Desmond wins Pulitzer Prize for ‘Evicted’

UW-Madison alumnus Matthew Desmond has won the Pulitzer Prize for his book, “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.” It’s the story of eight Milwaukee families faced with losing their homes. It’s also a powerful analysis of a little-known epidemic affecting people across the country living in poverty.

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Important new insights to the influence of poverty on child maltreatment

Decades of studies have established a strong link between poverty and child maltreatment.

But identifying connections is only half the battle; uncovering root causes is a key aim of child maltreatment research. A new set of studies published this week and edited by researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the first to try to get at the causal mechanisms behind the economic factors that are strongly associated with child maltreatment, either as a risk factor or an outcome.

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UniverCity Alliance: Providing resources and saving money for Wisconsin cities

The UniverCity Alliance brings together students, faculty and research centers from across the UW-Madison campus and connects them to the places where people live. The goal of the project is to provide resources to communities to help develop the best solutions for urban growth and development issues.

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La Follette professor finds UW-Madison a great place for research and public service

Tim Smeeding has spent four decades researching economic inequality and generously shares his expertise with groups, nonprofits and government entities, both close to home and around the world.

Smeeding has dedicated his career to studying poverty and economic inequality. While directing UW-Madison’s Institute for Research on Poverty from 2008 to 2014, he spearheaded the Wisconsin Poverty Report, which provides county-level information about economic well-being across the state. 

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