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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Reducing the Negative Effects of Poverty on Adolescent Academic Success

This project seeks to understand the neurodevelopmental mechanisms through which stable housing can reduce some of the negative effects of poverty on children. Childhood poverty is associated with lower academic achievement, under employment, and poorer health across the life course. This project examines the effect of stable housing on processes likely to improve these outcomes, including decision-making and impulse control.


Seth Pollak, professor of psychology



Barbara Wolfe, professor of economics



Rasmus Birn, associate professor of medical physics

Lauren Schmitz, assistant professor of public affairs