Ingrid Gould Ellen Discusses Poverty and Place at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Forum

News & Events | November 23rd 2015

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) hosted a forum on November 10, 2015 in Washington D.C., titled, "Poverty and Place: A Dialogue on the Role of Neighborhoods in Persistent Poverty and the Implications for Policy."  The forum brought together leading policy-makers and experts on poverty, housing, and economics. 

NYU Furman Center Faculty Director Ingrid Gould Ellen spoke on a panel discussing groundbreaking research by Raj Chetty, a leading economist at Stanford who specializes in public economics, on the large impact neighborhoods have on children in terms of adult earnings, teen birth rates, college attendence and marriage rates. Professor Ellen said that Chetty’s research provides “causally compelling evidence that neighborhood and place matter . . . [that] impels us to be attentive to barriers that prevent many low-income families from reaching low-poverty neighborhoods.” 

Shaun Donovan, Director of the Office of Management and Budget and former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, also delivered a keynote. Other panelists included included:

  • Sheldon Danziger, President, Russel Sage Foundation
  • Sheryll Cashin, Professor of Law, Georgetown University
  • Michael Strain,  Deputy Director of Economic Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute

Learn more about the conference and see video clips of the panels on the CBPP website.

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