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The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) recently convened a committee of experts to conduct a comprehensive study of intergenerational poverty in the United States.

Fenaba Addo
Fenaba Addo

Faculty Fellow Fenaba Addo served as a member of the Committee, which released a report this week detailing the drivers of long-term intergenerational poverty. The report defines intergenerational poverty as a situation in which children who grow up in families with incomes below the poverty line are themselves poor as adults.

The report also identifies policies to reduce the gaps, and recommends approaches to address gaps in current data and research.

An interactive overview is available on the web.

Addo is an associate professor of public policy. Her recent work examines debt and wealth inequality with a focus on family and relationships and higher education, and union formation and economic strain as a social determinant of health and well-being. She has also focused on the role that consumer and family policies serve in reinforcing these relationships.

Addo will be on a panel at the upcoming IAPHS conference in October to discuss the report and findings.