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.

One In Four Ohio Children Will Experience Domestic Violence, Study Led by Holmes Finds

Jul 21 2017

One in four Ohio children will experience domestic violence before reaching adulthood, according to a new study conducted at the Mandel School at Case Western Reserve University.

The lifetime cost from these experiences is nearly $2.2 billion, including $476 million in increased health care, $600 million associated with crime and $1.1 billion in productivity losses, according to estimates in the report.

Conducted on behalf of The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio, the study sought to determine the extent and expense of domestic violence, as well as the gaps in addressing its roots and aftermath. It was funded with a $75,000 grant.

The report highlights the gap between the number of children in Ohio experiencing violence each year, about 168,000, and those who received help for it in 2016—only about half of them.

“Domestic violence carries lifetime consequences for children that have enormous costs on our society and public resources,” said Megan R. Holmes, PhD, lead researcher of the report and an assistant professor at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve.

When left unaddressed, domestic violence—defined as witnessing or being victimized by physical or sexual acts, stalking or psychological aggression—puts children at higher risk of developing behavioral, mental, social and physical problems.

“This report shines a light on the long-term human and financial costs of violence, which is preventable and can be identified early and addressed by appropriate services and strategies,” Holmes said.

Researchers found a dramatic disparity among Ohio counties, in terms of the number of domestic violence incidents and services offered, as well as significant variations in the enforcement and treatment of domestic violence cases.

A statewide survey of agencies providing relevant services showed a lack of resources, coordination and access. Nearly 90 percent of these organizations pledged to expand services, if resources were made available.

What is to be done?

The report collects and highlights strategies proven to identify and help children already exposed to violence, as well as preventive efforts, such as programs targeting teen dating violence in fifth and sixth grades to complement current offerings in higher grades.

Researchers also recommend making efficient use of existing resources, such as providing training to educators to spot the symptoms of violent trauma in children and improving coordination between Child Protective Services and domestic violence agencies, police and medical, educational and substance use services.

“We hope these findings speak to policymakers and help them make informed decisions about preventive and therapeutic services,” Holmes said. “This is about the future of Ohio’s children and the adults they’ll become, which will shape our state and its economy for decades.”

Addressing violence could also have positive ripple effects for children at risk: If exposed to violence, they have twice the odds of being neglected and are 2.6 times more likely to be physically abused, 4.9 times more likely to be sexually abused and 9.6 times more likely to be psychologically abused, according to research highlighted in the report.

Research collaborators on the paper, “Impact of Domestic Violence Exposure: Recommendations to Better Serve Ohio’s Children,” were Francisca G.-C. Richter, PhD, a research assistant professor at the Mandel School’s Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development; Mark Votruba, PhD, an associate professor of economics at the Weatherhead School of Management; and Kristen Berg and Anna Bender, both doctoral students at the Mandel School.

Poverty Center Co-Authors Report on Predictive Modeling of Vacant Properties

Jun 19 2017
DGO 2017

Digital Government SocietySeveral researchers from the Poverty Center co-authored a new report on “Predictive Modeling of Surveyed Property Conditions and Vacancy” published in the proceedings of the 18th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research by the Digital Government Society.

Using the results of a comprehensive in-person survey of properties in Cleveland, Ohio, the researchers fit predictive models of vacancy and property conditions. Data from the Poverty Center’s NEO CANDO was used to establish variables to consider as predictors for the model.

Their findings indicate that housing professionals could use administrative data and predictive models to identify distressed properties between surveys or among non-surveyed properties in an area subject to a random sample survey.

Center researchers who contributed on the article include recent doctoral assistant Isaac Oduro, post-doctoral scholar Éamon Johnson, faculty associate Francisca García-Cobián Richter, and research associate April Urban. Hal Martin and Stephan D. Whitaker of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland are also authors of the report.

Also see Exploring the Relationship Between Vacant and Distressed Properties and Community Health and Safety, a paper released earlier this month prepared by the Center.


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.