Now Accepting Applications for the IRP Extramural Small Grant on Poverty, Retirement, and Disability Research

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) in collaboration with CFS have funding to support the study of economically vulnerable populations related to poverty, retirement, and disability policy. Funded by a cooperative agreement between CFS and the Social Security Administration, this small grants program is designed to expand the reach of poverty research into issues related to retirement and disability policies and programs. Applicants can propose research projects that address any area of relevance to retirement and disability research. Issues and studies of special interest include:

  • Interactions between public assistance and social insurance over the life course.
  • The role of health, health insurance, and financial decisions in household financial security.
  • How economically vulnerable households combine work, pensions, and social insurance over the life course.
  • and Low-net-wealth households and retirement well-being, including the role of housing wealth, saving, and debt.

Studies may be quantitative or qualitative in nature and may employ a mix of research designs and analytic methods.

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CFS RDRC Newsletter Now Available with Call for Predoc & Postdoc Fellowship Applications

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Financial Security Retirement and Disability Research Center (CFS RDRC) is an applied research program which develops evidence that can assist policymakers, the public, and the media in understanding issues in Social Security, retirement, and disability policy, especially related to economically vulnerable populations. The CFS RDRC incorporates diversity of viewpoints and disciplines, develops diverse emerging scholars and generates research findings that are used in policy and practice. To this end, CFS has released a call for applications for the Retirement and Disability Social Policy in Residence Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and the Retirement and Disability Graduate Research Mentored Fellowship Program. 

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Two teams from WI will advance to the final round of the Alliance for the American Dream competition, where they will compete for potential investment.

The Alliance, known locally as DreamUp WI, is sponsored by Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt that seeks to improve societal outcomes through the thoughtful development of emerging science and technology that can benefit humanity.

DreamUp WI is a partnership between the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the community, tasked with generating ideas to increase the net income of 10,000 Dane County families by 10 percent by the year 2020.

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Faculty Director, J. Michael Collins, weighs in on effects of shutdown on multiple media outlets

The thirty-five day, partial Federal shutdown caused 800,000 employees to miss paychecks. Faculty Director of CFS and Associate Professor of Public Affairs and Consumer Science, J. Michael Collins, provided insight into what this means for many of the workers effected and how this highlights the issues of poverty, financial insecurity, and fragility of many American’s financial lives.

“A Safety Net That Has A Frayed Bottom Makes People Feel More Financially Vulnerable Than They Already Are,” J. Michael Collins

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Newly Released Brief & Working Paper on Foreclosure Spillovers within broad Neighborhoods

CFS Research Fellow and Professor of Economics at the University of Connecticut, Stephen Ross, along with his co-authors Weiran Huang of the Department of Finance in NYC and Ashlyn Nelson from Indiana University Bloomington, have released a working paper and policy brief that examine the spillover effects of foreclosure within broad neighborhoods.