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Poverty Tracker 101: An Introduction to a New Dataset Tracking Poverty and Hardship in NYC

November 28, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 PM


Columbia University School of Social Work 1255 Amsterdam Avenue, Room C06

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The Columbia Population Research Center's
Urbanism and Children, Youth, and Families
Primary Research Area Groups
Poverty Tracker 101: An Introduction to a New Dataset Tracking Poverty and Hardship in NYC







Chris Wimer
Christopher Wimer
Co-Director, Center on Poverty and Social Policy
Columbia University
Wednesday, November 28
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Columbia University School of Social Work




About the workshop:

Since late 2012, the Columbia Population Research Center and the Center on Poverty and Social Policy have been collecting innovative new survey data from representative panels of adults in New York City. Dubbed the "Poverty Tracker," the study surveys New Yorkers every three months, collecting detailed information on income poverty, material hardship, health, and other forms of disadvantage and wellbeing. The first panel was surveyed for two years starting in late 2012, and a second panel is currently being surveyed for four years starting in 2015 (with new adults added to the panel in 2017). This data workshop will introduce attendees to the structure of the data and provide helpful information on how to access and use the datasets to understand dynamics of poverty and disadvantage in New York City and many other important research, policy, and program questions.


Christopher Wimer is a Senior Research Scientist at CPRC and a co-Director of the Center on Poverty and Social Policy. He works on research projects within the Children, Youth, and Families and Urbanism research areas. He is the Project Director of CPRC's New York City Longitudinal Study of Wellbeing, and also manages and participates in the research on many of CPRC's poverty-related research projects.  Wimer's research focuses on measuring poverty and disadvantage, how families cope with poverty and economic insecurity, and the role of social policies in the lives of disadvantaged families.
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