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The Poverty Research & Policy Podcast is produced by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) and features interviews with researchers about poverty, inequality, and policy in the United States.

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The Poverty Research & Policy Podcast is produced by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) and features interviews with researchers about poverty, inequality, and policy in the United States.

    Lars Højsgaard Andersen on the Consequences of Lowering Welfare Benefits for Migrants and Their Families

    Lars Højsgaard Andersen on the Consequences of Lowering Welfare Benefits for Migrants and Their Families

    For this episode, we hear from Lars Højsgaard Andersen of Denmark’s Rockwool Foundation about a policy change in Denmark that aimed to increase employment among refugees to the country by reducing public benefits. The policy change brought a number of consequences — some intended, some not — that could inform similar policies being implemented in other countries.

    • 29 Min.
    Michael Strain: The American Dream Isn't Dead

    Michael Strain: The American Dream Isn't Dead

    This episode features Michael Strain, the Economic Policy Director at the American Enterprise Institute, who gave a talk at IRP earlier this year titled “The American Dream isn’t Dead.” It’s a provocative title and Strain says that this line of work is growing out of concerns he has about the narrative around the American Dream.

    • 18 Min.
    Leslie Hodges on Unemployment Insurance and Material Hardships

    Leslie Hodges on Unemployment Insurance and Material Hardships

    In this episode, we hear from IRP postdoctoral scholar Leslie Hodges about the Unemployment Insurance program and how the program might mitigate economic distress, including poverty and material hardships, when someone loses a job. 

    • 15 Min.
    Brian Thiede on the Rural Economy and Barriers to Work in Rural America

    Brian Thiede on the Rural Economy and Barriers to Work in Rural America

    There has been renewed interest in issues facing the U.S. rural economy in recent years. In this episode, Penn State sociologist and demographer Brian Thiede breaks down some of the key changes that have taken place in the rural labor market and discusses potential policy responses to barriers to work faced by rural Americans. 

    • 20 Min.
    Aaron Sojourner and Matt Wiswall on the Value of Investments in Quality Child Care

    Aaron Sojourner and Matt Wiswall on the Value of Investments in Quality Child Care

    In this episode, we hear from economists Aaron Sojourner and Matt Wiswall about the value of investments in quality child care and how we can think about tradeoffs when it comes to child care subsidies and related policies. 

    • 19 Min.
    Damon Jones on Whether a Modest Basic Income Might Lead People to Work Less

    Damon Jones on Whether a Modest Basic Income Might Lead People to Work Less

    The idea of a universal basic income has been gaining traction in recent years, but we don’t have much evidence about what a large-scale universal basic income policy would do. In this episode, University of Chicago economist Damon Jones talks about the idea of a universal basic income and discusses a study he did with Ioana Marinescu that looked at the Alaska Permanent Fund to better understand the labor market effects of universal and permanent cash payments. 

    • 23 Min.

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