Roundtable: The Civil Rights Act and War on Poverty: 50 Years Later
(Poverty and Income Policy)

Friday, November 7, 2014: 10:15 AM-11:45 AM
Taos (Convention Center)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Roundtable Organizers:  Kenneth Couch, University of Connecticut
Moderators:  Kenneth Couch, University of Connecticut
Speakers:  Robert Haveman, University of Wisconsin Madison, Marianne Bitler, University of California, Irvine, Christopher Wimer, Columbia University, Joni Hersch, Vanderbilt University and Raphael Bostic, University of Southern California

This year is the 50th Anniversary of both the War on Poverty and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Both measures have had sweeping impacts on American society and have been widely studied by scholars. This session will revisit social programs initiated and expanded as part of the War on Poverty, the long reach of the Civil Rights Act, and unexpected behavioral consequences of these programs. Historical impacts of anti-poverty programs will be discussed as well as subsequent policy responses to lessons learned. Similarly, the evolution of policy in subsequent legal decisions and policy modifications following passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 will be detailed.
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