Poverty and Economic Development
ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY POVERTY REDUCTION TASK FORCE
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02:16 PM -- Poverty and Economic Development
Dr. Martin Shields, representing Colorado State University, made a presentation on the connection between poverty, economic development, and employment. Dr. Shields discussed the adverse policy outcomes of living in poverty, including the impact of poverty on the health, lifestyle choices, and economic prospects of individuals.
Dr. Shields discussed the impact of economic growth on the poverty rate, and the role of public money in helping to alleviate poverty. Dr. Shields also discussed a study conducted in Larimer County that sought to establish the factors associated with increased poverty. The poverty rate of Hispanics as compared to other ethnic groups was also considered.
Dr. Shields discussed the impact of attaining employment on the ability to avoid poverty, and other various factors associated with poverty. Dr. Shields also discussed the public policy implications of the problem of poverty. Dr. Shields responded to questions regarding the prevalence of the lack of health insurance among those in poverty, and the connection between attaining a high school diploma and the chances of exiting poverty.
Dr. Shields provided a recap on the connection between employment and the poverty rate. Dr. Shields responded to questions regarding the impact of population growth on the poverty rate in the Larimer County study.
The committee recessed.