Marci A. Ybarra

Marci A. Ybarra’s research interests include poverty and inequality, social service delivery, work supports and family well-being. Assoc. Prof. Ybarra conducts quantitative analysis of administrative and longitudinal survey data in addition to qualitative analysis through participant-observation and in-depth interviewing at social service agencies.

Her research is concerned with the impact of public supports on the well-being of low-income families. She currently investigates three different areas of social policy and how these affect economically disadvantaged families by impacting both their work and family life: welfare reform, child care, and Paid Family Leave.

The Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse (SSRC) named Ybarra an Emerging Scholar in 2015. Asst. Prof. Ybarra is also a faculty affiliate at UChicago’s Center for Human Potential and Public Policy and Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture and at the University of Notre Dame’s Lab for Economic Opportunities. 

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