SOCIAL IMPACT LIVE: Zach Parolin on U.S. Welfare System & Racial Inequality

September 18, 2019 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

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CSSW Communications

In this week’s episode of Social Impact LIVE, Zachary Parolin (bio) of our School’s Poverty Center talks to host Richard Hara (bio) about his groundbreaking research on racial differences in child poverty in the United States. In particular, Parolin will address the findings of his recent study on states’ administration of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program—what many people refer to as “welfare.” According to Parolin’s analysis, the choices many states are making on how to use and distribute TANF funds are “unmistakably correlated with race.” Parolin has written up these findings for the Socio-Economic Review journal as well as in an article for The Atlantic.

This episode’s conversation may also cover related topics such as how the United States compares to other high-income countries in its handling of poverty; and, depending on time and audience interest, Parolin may address a separate but equally fascinating stream of his research: what organized labor is doing to mitigate the social consequences of technological change.


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