2008–2009 IRP Seminars

2008–2009 IRP Seminar Series

IRP seminars cross disciplinary boundaries to bring the latest research by top poverty scholars on and off campus to the Institute. They take place Thursdays, 12:15-1:30 p.m., 8417 Social Science Building (unless otherwise noted), and are open to the public.

New seminar dates will be added as seminars are confirmed.

In addition to a variety of seminars on poverty research by IRP affiliates, we will feature four special series:

Healthy Families: Assessing the Role of Public Policies
This interdisciplinary series brings a distinguished group of scholars from other universities to the UW–Madison campus to present their work on a broad range of policy interventions to support healthy families.

Meet the New IRP Affiliate
This seminar series provides an opportunity for poverty researchers who recently joined the ranks of IRP affiliates to introduce themselves and their research interests and to present some of their recent work.

IRP Visiting Scholars
IRP is marking the 10th anniversary of its Visiting Scholars Program in 2008 by introducing an annual seminar series for participating poverty studies scholars. The intent of the program, which is supported by the University, is to enhance the research interests and resources available to scholars from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

New Perspectives in Social Policy
The annual New Perspectives in Social Policy seminar series seeks to reach beyond familiar and well-explored fields of poverty research, to challenge accepted paradigms, and to open paths to new research models and methodologies. The series was launched in 2006, to mark the Institute's 40th anniversary.

IRP Seminar Calendar, Fall 2008

September 4, 2008

Welcome to the IRP Seminar Series for 2008–2009, and General Introduction to My Research Goals and Expectations for IRP
Timothy Smeeding, New IRP Director and Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs, La Follette School of Public Policy
[PowerPoint Presentation available in PDF format]

September 18, 2008

IRP Seminar Series, Healthy Families: Assessing the Role of Public Policies
Improving Labor Market Outcomes and Transitions to Adulthood: Evidence from Career Academies
James Kemple, Director of the K-12 Education Policy Area, MDRC
[PowerPoint Presentation available in PDF format]

September 25, 2008

Meet the New IRP Affiliate Seminar Series
The Myth of Glass Ceiling: Evidence from a Stock-Flow Analysis of Workplace Authority Attainment
Zhen Zeng, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin–Madison
[PowerPoint Presentation available in PDF format]

October 2, 2008

Please note: This seminar has been rescheduled for Monday, November 10, 2008
IRP Seminar Series, Healthy Families: Assessing the Role of Public Policies
Vanishing Dreams: A 15 Year Reappraisal
Andrew M. Sum, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston

October 9, 2008

IRP Visiting Scholars Seminar Series
Application Behavior, Rank, and Targeted Recruitment: An Examination of Alternatives to Traditional Affirmative Action Policies
Rodney Andrews, Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy, Postdoctoral Fellow, Research Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University, and IRP Visiting Scholar
[PowerPoint Presentation available in PDF format]

October 16, 2008

The Political and Cultural Economy of Recovery: Social Learning in a Post-Disaster Environment
Emily Chamlee-Wright, Elbert H. Neese Professor of Economics, Beloit College
[PowerPoint Presentation available in PDF format]

October 23, 2008

IRP Visiting Scholars Seminar Series
Working Poverty in Michigan: Magnitudes, Socio-Demographic Determinants, and Their Changes Between 1998 and 2007 (link to earlier version of paper)
Udaya Wagle, Assistant Professor School of Public Affairs and Administration, Western Michigan University and IRP Visiting Scholar
[PowerPoint Presentation available in PDF format]

October 30, 2008

Meet the New IRP Affiliate Seminar Series
The Impact of Fatness on Disability Insurance Application by the Non-Elderly
Maximilian Schmeiser, Assistant Professor of Consumer Science, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin–Madison
[PowerPoint Presentation available in PDF format]

Monday, November 10, 2008

IRP Seminar Series, Healthy Families: Assessing the Role of Public Policies
Vanishing Dreams: A 15 Year Reappraisal
Andrew M. Sum, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston

November 13, 2008

Meet the New IRP Affiliate Seminar Series
Health Insurance and School Lunch: Covering Poor Kids and Families
Roberta Riportella, Professor and Chair of Consumer Science, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin–Madison
[PowerPoint Presentation available in PDF format, Please note: Data is actually always in flux]

November 20, 2008

Components of Change in the Relative Size of the Foreign-Born Population, 1960-2000
Franklin D. Wilson, William H. Sewell-Bascom Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin–Madison
[PowerPoint Presentation available in PDF format]

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Parental Job Loss and Children's Educational Attainment In Black and White Middle Class Families
Ariel Kalil, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy, University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy
Time: Noon
Location: La Follette School conference room
Co-Sponsored with LaFollette School of Public Affairs

December 4, 2008

IRP Visiting Scholars Seminar Series
The Evolution of Worker's Schedule Flexibility in the U.S. Labor Force: Evidence from the CPS
Fernando Lozano, Assistant Professor of Economics, Pomona College and IRP Visiting Scholar
[Paper available in PDF format]

December 11, 2008

Meet the New IRP Affiliate Seminar Series
Migration, Poverty and Place in the Context of the Return Migration to the US South
Katherine Curtis, Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology, University of Wisconsin–Madison
[PowerPoint Presentation available in PDF format]

IRP Seminar Calendar, Spring 2009

January 22, 2009

Meet the New IRP Affiliate Seminar Series
'[He] Finds Himself in the Most Absolute Destitution:' Disability and Poverty in the 'West,' 1802–1946
Walton O. Schalick, Assistant Professor of Medical History and Bioethics, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, Waisman Center, History of Science, and Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin–Madison, and IRP Affiliate

January 29, 2009

Meet the New IRP Affiliate Seminar Series
Out of Reach: Place, Poverty, and the New American Welfare State
Scott W. Allard, Associate Professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, and IRP Affiliate
[PowerPoint Presentation available in PDF format]

February 5, 2009

Please note: This Kathryn Edin's seminar has been rescheduled for April 2, 2009
IRP Brown-Bag Discussion of Obama Stimulus Bill
12:00-1:15 p.m., 3470 Social Science Bldg. (IRP Conference Rm.)
E-mail Robin Snell if you plan to attend so we have enough chairs

February 12, 2009

IRP Seminar Series, Healthy Families: Assessing the Role of Public Policies
Healthy Marriage: What Is it, and Why Does it Matter?
Kristin A. Moore, Senior Scholar & Program Area Director, Child Trends
[PowerPoint Presentation available in PDF format]

February 19, 2009

Meet the New IRP Affiliate Seminar Series
Evaluating the Impact of Financial Education as Part of Public Assistance Programs: Evidence from a Field Experiment
J. Michael Collins, Assistant Professor of Consumer Science, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin–Madison
[PowerPoint Presentation available in PDF format]

February 26, 2009

Inequality the World Around from Rome to Today
Jeffrey G. Williamson, Laird Bell Professor of Economics, Emeritus, Harvard University, and Honorary Fellow, Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin–Madison
[Available in PDF format: Paper | PowerPoint Presentation]
This event is co-sponsored by the La Follette School, with support from the Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE)

March 5, 2009

Obama and Antipoverty Policy: What Does the Stimulus Bill Do to Fight Poverty, Educate Citizens, and Improve Public Health?
Moderator: Tim Smeeding, IRP Director and Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs
Discussion Leaders: Daniel R. Meyer, Professor of Social Work and IRP Affiliate, Cash and Noncash Transfer Programs; Sara Goldrick-Rab, Assistant Professor of Education Policy Studies and Sociology, and IRP Affiliate, Aid to Education; and Pamela Herd, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology, and IRP Affiliate, Health and Health Care Support

March 12, 2009

The Effects of Home Computers on Educational Outcomes: Evidence from a Field Experiment with Low-Income Community College Students
Robert Fairlie, Professor of Economics, University of California, Santa Cruz
This event is co-sponsored by the La Follette School, with support from the Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE)
[Available in PDF format: Paper | PowerPoint Presentation]

March 26, 2009

IRP Seminar Series, Healthy Families: Assessing the Role of Public Policies
Is Child Support the Problem or Solution?
Maria Cancian, Professor of Public Affairs and Social Work, and IRP Affiliate, University of Wisconsin–Madison

April 2, 2009

IRP Seminar Series, Healthy Families: Assessing the Role of Public Policies
Fragile Fathers: The Meaning of Family for Low-Income Unmarried Urban Men
Kathryn Edin, Professor of Public Policy and Management, Harvard Kennedy School
This event is co-sponsored with the Wisconsin Scholars Longitudinal Study (WSLS) and Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER).
[PowerPoint Presentation available in PDF format]

April 9, 2009

IRP Visiting Scholars Seminar Series
Children's Education and Parents' Socio-Economic Status: Distinguishing the Impact of Fathers and Mothers
John Micklewright, Professor of Social Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton United Kingdom and IRP Visitor
This event is co-sponsored by the La Follette School, with support from the Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE)
[PowerPoint Presentation available in PDF format]

April 16, 2009

IRP Seminar Series, Healthy Families: Assessing the Role of Public Policies
Family Instability and Child Outcomes
Sara McLanahan, William S. Tod Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University
[PowerPoint Presentation available in PDF format]

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Segregation in Social Networks based on Acquaintanceship and Trust
Thomas DiPrete, Professor of Sociology, Columbia University
Time: 12:20-1:30
Location: 4308 Social Science Building
This event is co-sponsored with the Center for Demography and Ecology (CDE)

April 23, 2009

Are Poor Women Bearing the Brunt of the Eviction Crisis?
Matthew Desmond, Doctoral Student, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin–Madison

May 7, 2009

IRP Visiting Scholars Seminar Series
A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Class and Race Differences in Perceptions of Social Mobility and Academic Engagement
Angel Harris, Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies; Faculty Associate: Office of Population Research, Center for Research on Child Wellbeing; and Joint Degree Program in Social Policy, Princeton University and IRP Visiting Scholar

May 14, 2009

IRP Visiting Scholars Seminar Series
Social Income Transfers and Income Poverty Alleviation in the EU and in the USA: An Empirical Analysis of Effectiveness of Poverty Reduction
Koen Caminada, Professor of Empirical Analysis of Tax and Social Policy, Leiden University, the Netherlands, and IRP Visiting Scholar
[Research papers related to seminar: Working Paper No. 2008.06 and No. 2008.04 | PowerPoint Presentation in PDF format]

Other Seminars

Previous IRP Seminars

2007–2008 | 2006–2007 | 2005–2006 | 2004–2005