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Cushioning the Fall? Safety Net Programs’ Impact on Public Health

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In collaboration with UC San Diego Alumni and Graduate Division, and in celebration of the School of Global Policy and Strategy's (GPS's) 30th Anniversary, we have launched a monthly webinar series titled "Designing Policy for a Global Impact." The series will explore the research findings of GPS faculty, alumni and students as they strive to create informed policy choices across the globe.

Each webinar will take a closer look at a topic currently under discussion in the public domain. The webinar format allows us to reach across the continents and engage an audience far beyond the shores of San Diego – perfect for alumni interested in staying up to date on the latest research coming out of GPS.

Join us for the next webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. (PDT) taken from the research theme of International Development.

Developing country governments are building increasingly large and important social safety net programs to protect poorer citizens and to help reduce poverty. Examples include Mexico’s Oportunidades/Prospera, Brazil’s Bolsa Familia and India’s NREGS program. While these programs are typically geared to provide consumption support and incentivize schooling, a new body of research is showing that they can have large effects on improving public health as well. GPS Professors Garg and McIntosh will provide an overview of these programs and the recent evidence showing how important such programs can be at improving health.

  • Craig McIntosh, GPS Professor (moderator)
  • Teevrat Garg, GPS Assistant Professor of Economics
  • Bryn Sakagawa '98, GPS alumna and Deputy Director of Health, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Philippines

Future webinars will be pulled from policy topics which can be found here.

Questions? Contact Yekta Mohammady.

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