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@UCDavisEcon Bitler provides expertise on social safety net during the pandemic

Professor Marianne Bitler published work with the Brookings Institute as part of a team working to help troubleshoot government programs to prevent vulnerable families from falling through the cracks during the public health crisis and ensuing economic volatility.

Bitler and coauthors note that the percentage of households experiencing some form of food insecurity jumped from 8.5 percent to 23 percent during spring 2020. According to the Brookings report, the "attribute the rise in food insecurity in the face of $2 trillion in new federal spending to holes in the social safety net."

Bitler served as a Commentator on a recent Interagency Report on Revising Poverty Measures, weighing in on the critical question of how the US government will identify and tally the most economically vulnerable households in the future.

In recognition of her expertise on the social safety net and other issues related to poverty, Bitler has been appointed as a Visiting Fellow to the Opportunity and Inclusive Growth Institute at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis for the 2021-22 academic year.