Panel: Measuring the Impact of Policy Changes on Poverty in the United States
(Poverty and Income Policy)

Thursday, November 2, 2017: 10:15 AM-11:45 AM
Dusable (Hyatt Regency Chicago)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Panel Organizers:  Liana Fox, U.S. Census Bureau
Panel Chairs:  Liana Fox, U.S. Census Bureau
Discussants:  Tim Smeeding, University of Wisconsin

Using Census Microdata to Simulate Effects of Potential Changes to California’s State EITC
Sara Kimberlin, California Budget & Policy Center; Stanford University

Child Care Expenses and Poverty: Examining the Burden of Child Care Expenses on Low Income Families
Marybeth J. Mattingly, University of New Hampshire and Christopher Wimer, Columbia University

This panel will examine how potential policy and institutional changes could impact the number and composition of individuals who are considered poor. Papers presented in this session will each utilize the Supplemental Poverty Measure to estimate potential impacts of changes in poverty thresholds, SNAP eligibility and out-of-pocket child care expenses on poverty rates in the United States. All papers explore counterfactual examples, re-estimating poverty rates given alternate constraints. Each paper will focus on a different demographic group, with the first paper examining the entire U.S. population and the next two papers focusing on families with young children and immigrant households, respectively. Taken together, this panel will explore the opportunities for using the SPM to evaluate the potential impact of policy change.

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