Webinar: Understanding the Rise in Rural Child Poverty

Webinar: Understanding the Rise in Rural Child Poverty, 2003-2014


Webinar Details:may16_feature_hertz_photo

Date: Monday, May 23, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Thomas Hertz, Economist, Economic Research Service, USDA


Rural child poverty fell during the 1990s, but trended upward from 2003 to 2012, rising during the economic expansion of 2003-07, the recession of 2007-2009, and in the first few years of economic recovery. The share of rural children living in poverty peaked in 2012 at 26.7 percent, the highest rate since at least 1968. The rural child poverty rate has since declined, but it remains significantly higher than in 2003.

ERS economist Thomas Hertz will present findings from his recent report co-authored by ERS geographer Tracey Farrigan, Understanding the Rise in Rural Child Poverty, 2003-2014, on the causes of rising rural child poverty since 2003. Their analysis seeks to explain the relative importance of changes in average rural incomes, changes in income inequality, and changes in rural demographics.

Federal Reserve/USDA Rural Housing Conference

The Federal Reserve Board will host a policy forum, The Future of Rural Communities: Implications for Housing, on May 10, 2016, to be held in Washington, D.C. Participants across the country are invited to join the event via live-stream.

The forum will explore:

  • Changing demographic and economic trends that are exacerbating existing housing and community development policy misalignments in rural communities
  • Promising models for addressing community needs resulting from collaboration between policymakers and practitioners
  • The unanswered research and policy questions that could contribute to developing evidence-based policy uniquely targeted to the needs of rural communities.

The forum will be hosted by the Federal Reserve Board in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development with critical thought leadership and support provided by NeighborWorks America and the Housing Assistance Council.

Related Link: http://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/conferences/ruralconf.htm