Francisca G.-C. Richter, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Poverty Center

Ph.D. Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University
M.S. Statistics, Oklahoma State University
B.S. Statistics, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP)
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations

Center on Urban Poverty and
Community Development

Room 205
Case Western Reserve University
11402 Bellflower Court
Cleveland, Ohio 44106


Francisca García-Cobián Richter is a Research Assistant Professor at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University. A native of Peru, she earned an undergraduate degree in statistics from the Universidad Católica del Perú (1994). Her M.S. in statistics (1997) and Ph.D. in agricultural economics (2000) are both from Oklahoma State University.


Prior to coming to CWRU, she was a Research Economist in Community Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of  Cleveland. She is currently affiliated with the Bank in the same role, on a project-basis.  Dr. Richter’s research focuses on the analysis of social interventions and the environments in which they operate. Her recent work is centered on low-income housing programs, mobility in low-income neighborhoods, and neighborhood effects.


Her current projects include (1) an evaluation of the effects of social services and neighborhood context on child maltreatment rates, (2) an analysis of housing quality and instability experienced at an early age, and its relationship to school readiness, (3) the evaluation of a social investment experiment that aims to improve outcomes for families in the foster care system. Dr. Richter is also associate director of the Math Corps at Cleveland State University, a branch of Wayne State University’s highly successful program for middle and high-school students, providing academic enrichment and mentorship in a community-oriented setting.

Elvery, J., L. Nelson, and F. G.‐C. Richter, 2014. “A WIB Turns to Demand: Helping Jobseekers by Helping Employers.” To be published in “New Models and Initiatives for Workforce Development Intermediaries.” Case Companion Book to  Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policy. Edited by the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Kansas City and the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development.

Richter, F. G.-C. and B.R. Craig. 2013 “Lending Patterns in Poor Neighborhoods,” Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 95: 197–206.

Brorsen, B.W., and F.G.-C. Richter. 2012. “Experimental Designs for Estimating Plateau-Type Production Functions and Economically Optimal Input Levels.” Journal of Productivity Analysis, 38:45‐52.

Poverty Center at the 2017 Society for Social Work and Research Conference

Jan 9 2017

Several faculty and students from the Center of Urban Poverty and Community Development will be attending and presenting at the 21st annual conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) in New Orleans this week.

Dr. Claudia Coulton, co-director, and Dr. David Crampton, associate director, will be participating in the round table discussion Advancing the Impact of Ecologically Oriented Research on Child Maltreatment Prevention on Friday, January 13.

Recent Poverty Center faculty associate Dr. Cyleste Collins presents Bridging the Gap Between Researchers and “Regular People:” Building Research Capacity in Community Organizations on Friday as well.

Rong Bai, a doctoral student research assistant at the Center, is the presenting author on the ePoster Evaluating the Implementation of Partnering for Family Success on Saturday, January 14. The other authors on the poster are Dr. Collins, Dr. Crampton, and Center co-director Dr. Robert Fischer.

Also on Saturday, Dr. Coulton is presenting Temporal Effects of Distressed Housing on Child Maltreatment Among Young Children; Poverty Center doctoral assistant Youngmin Cho, faculty associate Dr. Francisca Richter, and Dr. Fischer are also authors.

2007 research by Dr. Coulton and others from the Center is being cited in another child maltreatment panel presented by faculty from the University of Southern California and New Mexico State University on Friday.

Holmes Receives $75K Grant for Study on Effect of Domestic Violence

Jan 5 2017

Megan R. Holmes, PhD, Assistant Professor, received a $75,000 award from the HealthPath Foundation of Ohio to produce a white paper about the effect of domestic violence on Ohio’s Children. The study will result in making recommendations for policies, system changes, programming, funding streams, and other strategies at the state, county, and local levels to help Ohio better serve children who are exposed to domestic violence.

Francisca Richter, PhD, from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development and Mark Vortruba, PhD, from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University are co-investigators on this grant.

Rob Fischer Tells the Atlantic How a House Can Shape a Child’s Future

Jul 6 2016

“There needs to be much more on the quality of housing and moving up toward better housing opportunities.”

The Atlantic interviewed Dr. Rob Fischer, co-director of the Poverty Center, for “How a House Can Shape a Child’s Future” on the Center’s recent study on the effects housing conditions have on academic performance. The report, Leveraging Integrated Data Systems to Examine the Effect of Housing and Neighborhood Conditions on Kindergarten Readiness – co-authored by Fischer with Claudia Coulton, Francisca Richter, Seok Joo Kim,  and Youngmin Cho – compared literacy scores of thousands of Cleveland kindergartners with assessments on their housing. Findings showed a relationship between the amount of time children lived in tax delinquent, foreclosed, and speculator owned housing with kindergarten readiness.

Fischer told The Atlantic he believes the data indicates a need for public policy to look beyond only ending family homelessness and also examine housing conditions. “The discussion also needs to include getting people into better housing, instead of just being satisfied that they have an address.”

housing IDS lead KRA-L report coverAtlantic applauded the scope of the the Poverty Center study which tracked all children entering kindergarten in the city’s public schools. However, Fischer pointed out that obtaining data from Cleveland’s private and charter schools as well as scores from tests beyond literacy would improve understanding the relationship between housing conditions and academic readiness.

One of the worst conditions arising from bad housing can be exposure to lead paint as about 40 percent of Cleveland kindergartners have tested positive for lead poisoning sometime in their lives. Dr. Fischer believes the easiest action cities can take to improve the lives of these children is to limit their exposure to housing with lead paint. Other studies conducted by the Poverty Center and other agencies have repeatedly shown the damage lead poisoning can have the brain development of children. “Together, it is devastating to see their effects,” Fischer said on the serious disadvantages the combination of lead poisoning and bad housing will give in a child’s early life which can continue to create problems further down the road.

Download the Poverty Center’s full report and Briefly Stated on the effects of poor housing. Also read the Center’s latest news on the effects of lead poisoning and early childhood education.