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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


August 19, 2016: The Economist cites $2.00 a Day in the article, "Poverty in America: No money no love"

August 9, 2016: Huff Po asks if America's poor really are "the envy of the world," cites new NPC paper

August 5, 2016: New book, "Abandoned families: Social isolation in the 21st century," by K. Seefeldt

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

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In the news

August 6, 2016: Yet Another Conservative Argument About Poverty Appears To Be Wrong - Kathryn Edin, Luke Shaefer

August 1, 2016: Who are the out-of-touch Americans in this election? - Andrew Cherlin

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

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

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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