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UW-Madison professor conducts research on income inequality

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Newly released research from a UW-Madison professor finds income inequality will continue to go up in the years to come.

Wisconsin may be doing a good job at putting a safety net under the poor. Dr. Timothy Smeeding authored a national poverty report looking at the current state of poverty in the United States and Wisconsin.

Dr. Smeeding found that people at the very top of the economic ladder benefited from the recession, yet many people in other social classes are struggling to keep their heads above water.

Dr. Smeeding believes Wisconsin has helped put a safety net under the poor after the recession. He credits programs like the food share or SNAP program and the income tax credit with helping to protect Wisconsin's poor.

"I'm surprised at how well we did protecting people at the very bottom and how important these programs are," said Dr. Smeeding. "If we cut them and dump them it's not going to work."

Dr. Smeeding says income inequality slowed down after the great recession, but has taken off again. He says this upward trend in income inequality will continue in the future.

Dr. Smeeding is the director of the Institute for Research on Poverty at UW-Madison.

For more information about his research and study, click here.

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