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The Intergenerational Transmission of Poverty and the Long Reach of Child Health and Nutrition Programs

UCCS Bacon Public Lectureship presented by Marianne Page, professor of economics at UC Davis.

Mar 01, 2017
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM

UC Center Sacramento, Room LL3

In this lecture, Professor Page will make an evidence-based case that large scale public health and nutrition interventions provide far reaching benefits for poor children, and that these programs are crucial levers towards reducing the intergenerational transmission of poverty, even if their benefits are not transparent in current official poverty statistics. In addition to providing an overview of the programs, she will summarize findings produced by the rapidly expanding natural experiment literature that examines the short and long term impacts of childhood exposure to Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, and the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. She will suggest ways of assessing these programs' long term benefits, and early results of a new research examining spillover effects onto future generations.

Marianne Page is a Professor of Economics at UC Davis and Deputy Director of the Center for Poverty Research at UC Davis.  She received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1995 and has been at UC Davis since 1996.  Her research includes studies of intergenerational mobility and the impact of social programs on children's outcomes and has been published in nationally recognized journals such as the Journal of Economic Perspectives, the Journal of Labor Economics and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.  She is currently the Principle Investigator for a large scale interdisciplinary National Science Foundation Grant "Understanding Children in Economic Distress," which has brought together a team of researchers in psychology, sociology and economics to provide a better understanding of the challenges and consequences of growing up with low income.  Many of the ideas underlying this talk have emanated from that collaborative effort.