Longer-term view adds context to Census poverty data

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau reported the American peoples’ 2016 experience with poverty, median income and health insurance. Tom Hirschl, sociologist and co-author of “Chasing the American Dream: Understanding What Shapes Our Fortunes,” says that while the numbers today reflect an incremental improvement, middle-class and working-class Americans still feel insecure about their economic future. To […]

Childhood poverty can rob adults of psychological health

ITHACA, N.Y. – A large and growing body of research shows that poor kids grow up to have a host of physical problems as adults. Now add poor psychological health to the list, a Cornell University researcher says. A sweeping new study, conducted by following participants over a 15-year period, is the first to show […]

Census poverty numbers are a snapshot, not full picture

This morning, the U.S. Census Bureau will release its poverty numbers for 2015. The expectation is that the number will likely approximate the poverty rate from the year before. Tom Hirschl, sociologist and co-author of “Chasing the American Dream: Understanding What Shapes Our Fortunes,” says the problem with these estimates is that they only provide […]

Cornell experts applaud House passing GMO labeling bill which President is expected to sign

David Just and Harry Kaiser are both professors in Cornell University’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, part of the College of Business. Just is a professor of behavioral economics who has testified on Capitol Hill about agricultural biotechnology and engaged with the media on the need to avoid injecting unnecessary alarm into GMO […]

Don’t count on strangers in medical emergencies, especially if you’re African-American

Media note: to download the paper, please follow this link. ITHACA, N.Y. – So long, good Samaritans. In the first study of its kind, Cornell sociologists have found that people who have a medical emergency in a public place can’t necessarily rely on the kindness of strangers. Only 2.5 percent of people, or 1 in […]

Calculator estimates your risk of poverty during next 15 years

ITHACA, N.Y. – Both Democratic and Republican presidential candidates have filled their debates and speeches this election year with references to America’s widespread economic insecurity and high rates of income inequality. Now rather than just listen to politicians’ sound bites, Americans can judge for themselves how close they are to falling into poverty. For many, […]

U.S. Census data on poverty to be released Tuesday, Sept. 17

CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE Sept. 16, 2013  U.S. Census data on poverty to be released Tuesday, Sept. 17  Richard Burkhauser, professor of policy analysis and management at Cornell University, will be available to discuss tomorrow’s release of the national income, poverty and health insurance statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey. Burkhauser […]