About the Director

Timothy Smeeding

Timothy (Tim) M. Smeeding

Director of the Institute for Research on Poverty, and
Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs,
La Follette School of Public Affairs

Director's Message
Curriculum Vitae
Publications of Interest
Research Interests
Selected Working Papers
Luxembourg Income Study
Stockholm University Honorary Degree

Office Address:
Institute for Research on Poverty
University of Wisconsin–Madison
3412 William H. Sewell Social Sciences Bldg.
1180 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Contact Information:
(608) 890-1317 (phone)
(608) 265-3119 (fax)

Publications of Interest

From Parents to Children: The Intergenerational Transmission of Advantage-ThumbnailFrom Parents to Children: The Intergenerational Transmission of Advantage
John Ermisch, Markus Jäntti, and Timothy M. Smeeding, editors
May 2012
Russell Sage Foundation, ISBN: 978-0-87154-045-4
Persistence, Privilege, and Parenting

Persistence, Privilege, and Parenting: The Comparative Study of Intergenerational Mobility
Timothy Smeeding, Robert Erikson, and Markus Jäntti, editors
September 2011
Russell Sage Foundation, ISBN: 978-0-87154-031-7

oung Disadvantaged Men: Fathers, Families, Poverty, and Policy

The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science,
Young Disadvantaged Men: Fathers, Families, Poverty, and Policy, Vol. 635(1)

Timothy Smeeding, Irwin Garfinkel, and Ronald Mincy, editors
May 2011
Sage Journals

Wealth and Welfare States

Wealth and Welfare States: Is America a Laggard or Leader?
Irwin Garfinkel, Lee Rainwater, and Timothy Smeeding
March 2010
Oxford University Press, ISBN: 978-0-19-957931-0

The Oxford Handbook of Economic Inequality

The Oxford Handbook of Economic Inequality
Wiemer Salverda, Brian Nolan, and Timothy M. Smeeding, editors
February 2009
Oxford University Press, ISBN: 978-0-19-923137-9

The Future of the Family

The Future of the Family
Daniel P. Moynihan, Timothy M. Smeeding, and Lee Rainwater, editors
October 2004
Russell Sage Foundation, ISBN:0-87154-625-6

Poor Kids in a Rich Country: America's Children in Comparative Perspective

Poor Kids in a Rich Country: America's Children in Comparative Perspective
Lee Rainwater and Timothy M. Smeeding
December 2003
Russell Sage Foundation, ISBN: 0-87154-705-8

The Economics of an Aging Society

The Economics of an Aging Society
Robert L. Clark, Richard V. Burkhauser, Marilyn Moon, Joseph F. Quinn, and Timothy M. Smeeding
February 2004
Wiley-Blackwell, ISBN: 0-63122-616-8

Immigration and the Transformation of Europe

Immigration and the Transformation of Europe
Craig A. Parsons and Timothy M. Smeeding, editors
August 2006
Cambridge University Press, ISBN: 0-52186-193-4

"Older Women's Income and Wealth Packages in Cross-National Perspective" (with Janet Gornick, Teresa Munzi, Eva Sierminska and Maurice Leach)

Socio-Economic Review (May 2004)
"Twenty Years of Research on Income Inequality, Poverty, and Redistribution in the Developed World: Introduction and Overview"

Research Interests

  • The economics of public policy, especially social policy and at-risk populations
  • Poverty and income distribution, income transfers, and tax policy
  • Health economics
  • Economics of aging
  • Economics of non-money income and non-wage compensation
  • Social statistics
  • Comparative international social policy
  • Time and economic well-being
  • Generational equity

Selected Working Papers

"Income from Wealth and Income from Labor: Stocks, Flows and More Complete Measures of Well Being." (With Jeffrey Thompson.) June 2007.

"Inequality Patterns in Western-Type Democracies: Cross-Country Differences and Time Changes." (With Andrea Brandolini.) April 2007.

"Inequality: International Evidence." (With Andrea Brandolini.) March 2007.

"The Luxembourg Income Study (LIS)." (With Janet Gornick.) Forthcoming entry of the International Encyclopedia of Social Sciences.) 2006.

"Cross National Comparison of Income and Wealth Status in Retirement: First Results from the Luxembourg Wealth Study (LWS)." (With Eva Sierminska and Andrea Brandolini.) July 2006.

"Conditions of Social Vulnerability, Work and Low Income: Evidence for Spain in Comparative Perspective." (With Teresa Munzi.) May 2006.

"Ranking Inequality: Application of Multivariate Subset Selection." (With William C. Horrace and Joseph T. Marchand.) March 2006.

"The Retirement Consumption Conundrum: Evidence from a Consumption Survey." (With Jonathan Fisher, David S. Johnson, Joseph Marchand, and Barbara Boyle Torrey.) March 2006.

"Poor People in Rich Nations: The United States in Comparative Perspective." (Journal of Economic Perspective.) Winter 2006.

"Social Values for Equality and Preferences for State Intervention in the USA and Europe." (With Lars Osberg.) October 2005.

"Causes and Conditions of Social Vulnerability in Comparative Perspective: Asian Evidence for the LIS Dataset." September 2005.

"Earnings, Transfers and Living Arrangements in Low-Income Families: Who Pays the Bills?" (With Katherine Magnuson.) June 2005.

"Consumption Among Low-Income Families: Policy Concerns." November 2004.

"Social Security Reform: Improving Benefit Adequacy and Economic Security for Women." 1999. Center for Policy Research Policy Brief No. 16. Syracuse, NY: The Maxwell School, Syracuse University.