Poverty Action Center (PAC@REDI)

The Poverty Action Center within the Regional Economic Development Institute (PAC@REDI) utilizes interdisciplinary mixed-methods approaches to help guide poverty action locally and globally. Current PAC@REDI researchers are using original survey design and econometric data analysis to answer questions at intersections surrounding poverty, inequality, education, and microfinance while paying particular attention to gender and to tools from development economics. For more information about PAC@REDI and/or to explore possible partnerships with us, please contact Professors Bernasek, Bhattarai, or Pena.


Join us at CSU's 20th Annual Diversity Symposium.  The Symposium is virtual this year and more information about how to join the session can be found here.  Our group is presenting Thursday, October 22 from 9-10:30am.  Our panel will highlight initiatives surrounding gender, race/ethnicity, and international dimensions of diversity.  We extend beyond traditional economics by considering how objectives and experiences of minority populations can frame both formal modeling and our understandings of findings in diverse contexts.  Presentations and audience brainstorming will draw from:

  • Dual Enrollment in Colorado: Are there Inequities in the Program?
  • The Gendered Impact of COVID-19 on Workers in CO
  • Education, Technology Gap, and Disruption caused by COVID-19 in Developing Countries: A Case Study of Nepal
  • Geographic Poverty Traps in Indonesia: Isolation, Disasters, and Vulnerable Female-Headed Households.
  • Are ROSCAs seed for gender parity? Evidence from a panel analysis of household ROSCA membership in India

Current PAC@REDI research includes:

School attendance in Nepal

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