The October 2018 issue of Focus from the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin highlights papers from the RUPRI “Rural
Poverty: Fifty Years After The People Left Behind” Conference presented in Washington, DC in March.
This issue includes two articles that draw from the conference. The first, by Bruce Weber, summarizes papers from the conference as a whole. The second, by James P. Ziliak, looks at how changes in employment, wages, and the social safety net have affected the economic status of rural people compared to urban dwellers over the
past five decades.
Along with RUPRI and IRP, other conference hosts were the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University and the Center for Poverty Research at
the University of Kentucky. Funding support was also provided by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.