Gaps in the economic and educational opportunities of children and adults in the top
and bottom quintiles of the family income distribution have widened dramatically in
past decades in both the U.S. and many other countries. Inequality across countries
is a major driver of global issues such as migration, while poverty persists both
within and across countries.
The Center for Population, Inequality, and Policy at UCI, a joint effort by the Office of Research, the School of Social Sciences, and the Program in Public Health, is focused on advancing research on socioeconomic factors that directly impact inequality. Faculty in the center investigate the causes and consequences of this inequality as well as policies and other strategies designed to improve well-being of the less advantaged – including employment, education, health, housing and income. UCI researchers across the social sciences, public health, education, social ecology, and natural sciences have a track record of high-quality population research on inequality – research that spans disciplinary boundaries and important areas of public policy.
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On October 13, CPIP co-hosted Mary Daly, President, San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank, for a talk: "Is the Federal Reserve Contributing to Economic Inequality?" Following the talk is a Q & A with Bill Maurer, Dean, UCI School of Social Sciences.
On June 9, CPIP hosted "Public Health and Health Care Implications of COVID-19." The third panel discussion on Covid-19 held by CPIP was moderated by CPIP co-director Tim Bruckner, and featured UCI faculty Andrew Noymer, Daniel Parker, Dana Mukamel, and special guests Ed Kacic, President, Irvine Health Foundation, and Dr. Stephanie McClellan, Chief Medical Officer, TIA Women's Health.
On May 6, CPIP hosted "Economic Impacts of Covid-19: Impact on Students' Education and Job Market Prospects." The second panel discussion on Covid-19 held by CPIP was moderated by CPIP co-director David Neumark, and featured UCI professors Damon Clark, David Schaefer, and Di Xi, Associate Vice Provost of UCI's Division of Career Pathways, Suzanne Helbig, and special guest, Jed Kolko, Chief Economist at Indeed.