New Data on Poverty

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Dr. Roberta Iversen
Associate Professor, School of Social Policy & Practice
University of Pennsylvania


  • Nationally recognized expert on poverty, low-income families, the minimum wage, wage disparities and the impact of job losses.
  • In her most recent study of the U.S. and Canada, Dr. Iversen examined how the recession has affected middle-income families and found that lots of job changes and unemployment have forced formerly solidly middle-class families into a severe economic crisis.
  • Housing policies in Milwaukee and work-force-development programs and policy in New Orleans, Seattle, St. Louis and Philadelphia have been improved by Dr. Iversen’s research findings.
  • Author of “Jobs Aren’t Enough: Toward a New Economic Mobility for Low-Income Families,” in which she studied low-income families on the brink of poverty in five major U.S. cities.  She concluded that nearly 25% of Americans who have two full-time working parents in the household do not earn enough to support their families.
  • Her research illuminates what low-income working parents need from secondary schools, job training organizations, businesses, their children’s public schools and public policy in order to earn enough to support their families through work.



Media contact:

            Jill DiSanto-Haines at 215-898-4820 or