Previous Robert J. Lampman Memorial Lecturers

2017. Cecilia Rouse, Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; Shirley Katzman and Lewis and Anna Ernst Professor in the Economics of Education; and Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University
"The Promise of Education to Foster Upward Mobility: Insights from New Research"

Video of event available on the IRP YouTube Channel | Read the Transcript

2016. Janet M. Currie, Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, and Director of the Center for Health and Well-Being, Princeton University
"The Long-Term Consequences of Children's Health and Circumstances"
PowerPoint Presentation available in PDF format

2015. Raj Chetty, William Henry Bloomberg Professor of Economics at Harvard University
"Improving Equality of Opportunity in America: New Evidence and Policy Lessons"
PowerPoint Presentation available in PDF format | Video of event available on the IRP YouTube Channel | Read the Transcript

2014. Lawrence Katz, Elisabeth Allison Professor of Economics, Harvard University
"Neighborhoods vs. Schools"
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2013. David Card, Class of 1950 Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley, and Director of the Labor Studies Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research
"Good Jobs: The Increasing Importance of Who You Work for in Achieving Economic Success"
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2012. James J. Heckman, Nobel Laureate and Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, University of Chicago
"Hard Evidence on Soft Skills"
Presentation slides available in PDF format | Flash Video of Lecture available (best viewed with a high speed internet connection)

2011. Barbara L. Wolfe Professor of Economics, Public Affairs, and Population Health Sciences, and IRP Affiliate
"Poverty and Poor Health: Can Health Care Reform Break the Link?"
PowerPoint Presentation available in PDF | Flash Video of Lecture available (best viewed with a high speed Internet connection)

2010: Richard Blundell, David Ricardo Professor of Economics, University College London, and Research Director, ESRC Centre for Public Policy, Institute for Fiscal Studies
"From Income to Consumption: Understanding the Transmission of Inequality"
PowerPoint Presentation available in PDF | Flash Video of Lecture available (best viewed with a high speed Internet connection)

2009: Irwin Garfinkel, Mitchell I. Ginsberg Professor of Contemporary Urban Problems, Co-Director of the Columbia Population Research Center, Columbia University, and IRP Affiliate and Former IRP Director
"The American Welfare State: Laggard or Leader?*"
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*This lecture drew from the book Wealth and Welfare States: Is America a Laggard or Leader?, by Irwin Garfinkel, Lee Rainwater, and Timothy Smeeding. Available March 2010 from Oxford University Press.

2008: Robert H. Haveman, John Bascom Professor of Economics and Public Affairs Emeritus, University of Wisconsin–Madison
"What Does it Mean to be Poor in a Rich Society?"
PowerPoint presentation available in PDF | Flash Video of Lecture available (best viewed with a high speed internet connection)

2007: Judith M. Gueron, Independent Scholar in Residence and President Emerita, MDRC
"Building Evidence about What Works: What It Takes and What It Yields"
View the video of this lecture (requires the latest Flash browser plug-in). The video was provided by the Interdisciplinary Training Program in Educational Sciences, at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

2006: Christopher Jencks, Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
"Does Inequality Really Affect Longevity?"

2004: Robert Moffitt, Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Economics, Johns Hopkins University and an IRP affiliate.
"The Idea of a Negative Income Tax: Past, Present, and Future"

2002: Eugene Smolensky, Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, and a former director of IRP.
“Income Inequality: A Conversation with Bob Lampman.”

2001: Robert M. Solow, Institute Professor of Economics Emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
"How Did Unemployment Get So Low in 2000? Could It Happen Again?"
An adaptation was published in Focus as “Why Were the Nineties So Good? Could it Happen Again?

2000: Angus S. Deaton, Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs and Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University.
"Poverty, Inequality, and Mortality."

1999: Edward M. Gramlich, a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System,1997–2005, and thereafter Richard A. Musgrave Collegiate Professor of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
A Policy in Lampman’s Tradition: The Community Reinvestment Act

1998: Sheldon H. Danziger, Henry J. Meyer Collegiate Professor of Social Work and Public Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a former director of IRP.
In Pursuit of Robert J. Lampman’s “Modest Goal”: Antipoverty Policy after Welfare Reform

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