IRP Seminars

IRP Seminar Series, 2011–2012

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

New seminar dates will be added as seminars are confirmed.

In 2011–2012, IRP will feature the following seminar series:

Poverty, Self-Sufficiency, and Policy as We Emerge from the Great Recession
Poverty, Self-Sufficiency, and Policy as We Emerge from the Great Recession is an interdisciplinary seminar series that brings to IRP a group of distinguished researchers from across the UW–Madison campus as well as other universities to assess current research and policy solutions and highlight key research and policy challenges to increasing economic self-sufficiency. IRP designed the series to advance research informing our understanding of economic self-sufficiency, focusing specifically on factors affecting the employment and wage growth of disadvantaged workers, the role of the work-based safety net in reducing poverty, and the role of asset building and financial literacy in self-sufficiency.

Meet the New IRP Affiliate
At the heart of IRP lies the poverty research of our campus-wide and national network of research affiliates and staff researchers. IRP affiliates maintain a substantial connection to the research, mentoring, and dissemination activities of the Institute. The Meet the New IRP Affiliate 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
The Visiting Scholar seminar series features visitors from one of IRP's three Visiting Scholar Programs. The first program, initiated in 1998 with support that continues today from the UW–Madison, brings scholars from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups to the Institute for one- to two-week stays. The second program is for researchers interested in food assistance and is part of IRP's partnership with the USDA to serve as the RIDGE Center for National Food and Nutrition Assistance Research. And the third program is for a broad range of faculty, researchers, and policy analysts who are hosted by IRP for limited or longer-term stays.

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. In 2006, then-IRP Director Maria Cancian launched the series to mark the Institute's 40th anniversary.

RIDGE Food Assistance Research
IRP launched the RIDGE Food Assistance Research seminar series in 2010 in its role as the RIDGE Center for National Food and Nutrition Assistance Research. The Center serves as a focal point for stimulating new and innovative research related to food assistance programs, a hub for mentoring and training of researchers interested in food assistance and related issues, and a source of timely and accessible information on new research findings.

IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
This seminar series is wide-ranging, featuring poverty studies scholars who represent a range of disciplines and whose work examines issues that lie at the heart of the poverty problem and efforts to address it.

IRP Seminar Calendar, Fall 2011

September 15, 2011
12:00-1:00, 1255 H.F. DeLuca Forum, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 N. Orchard Street

Socioeconomic Disparities in Childhood Asthma: Understanding Psychobiological Pathways
Edith Chen, Codirector of the Psychobiology of Health Laboratory, Professor of Psychology, and Canada Research Chair in Health and Society, University of British Columbia; and an IRP Affiliate
Cosponsored with the Department of Psychology

September 22, 2011

IRP Panel Discussion
New and Continuing Research Themes at IRP
Timothy Smeeding, Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs, La Follette School of Public Affairs, and Director of IRP; Robert Haveman, Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs and Economics, Former Director of IRP and IRP Affiliate; Barbara Wolfe, Professor of Public Affairs, Economics, and Population Health Sciences, Former Director of IRP and IRP Affiliate; and Daniel Meyer, Professor of Social Work and IRP Affiliate

September 29, 2011

IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
The Effects of an Incentive-Based High School Intervention on College Outcomes
Kirabo Jackson, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, Faculty Fellow of the Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University
Cosponsored with Wisconsin Center for Education Research Interdisciplinary Training Program
[Powerpoint Presentation available in PDF format]

October 6, 2011

IRP Visiting Scholars Seminar Series
The EITC, Tax Refunds, and Unemployment Spells
Sara LaLumia, Assistant Professor of Economics, Williams College
[Available in PDF format: Paper | PowerPoint]

October 13, 2011

IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
Socio-Econonomic Gradients in Children's Outcomes: A Cross-Country Study of the Association of Child Outcomes with Parental Education
Markus Jäntti, Professor of Economics and Social Policy, Swedish Institute for Social Research, University of Stockholm
Cosponsored with the Center for Demography & Ecology
[PowerPoint Presentation available in PDF format]

October 20, 2011

IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
The Reversal of the Education Gender Gap and Marital Dissolution
Christine Schwartz, Associate Professor of Sociology, Affiliate of CDE and IRP, University of Wisconsin–Madison

October 27, 2011

Poverty, Self-Sufficiency, and Policy as We Emerge from the Great Recession Seminar Series
Rethinking Welfare Policy in the Aftermath of the Great Recession
Gordon Berlin, President, MDRC
[Available in PDF format: PowerPoint Presentation]

November 10, 2011

IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
Labor Market, Geographic Mobility, and Other Effects of Housing Subsidies
Robert Haveman, John Bascom Emeritus Professor of Public Affairs and Economics, and an IRP Affiliate; Barbara Wolfe, Professor of Economics, Public Affairs, and Population Health Sciences, and an IRP Affiliate; Thomas Kaplan, Senior Scientist Emeritus, and an IRP Affiliate; and Deven Carlson, University of Wisconsin–Madison
[Available in PDF format: PowerPoint Presentation]

November 17, 2011

Poverty, Self-Sufficiency, and Policy as We Emerge from the Great Recession Seminar Series
Consequences of School Desegregation on Adult Earnings and Well-Being
Rucker Johnson, Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley; and an IRP Affiliate
Cosponsored with La Follette School of Public Affairs
[Available in PDF format: PowerPoint Presentation]

December 1, 2011

IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
Expanding Coverage to Uninsured Childless Adults: Effect on the Use of Health Care
Thomas DeLeire, Director of La Follette School of Public Affairs, Associate Professor of Public Affairs and Population Health Sciences, and an IRP Affiliate, University of Wisconsin–Madison

December 8, 2011

Stutter-Step Models of College Entry: Promising Evidence from a New Measure
Stephen L. Morgan, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Inequality, Cornell University
Cosponsored by the Department of Sociology and Wisconsin Center for Education Research Interdisciplinary Training Program

December 15, 2011

IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
Giving Low-Income Teenagers More HOPE: A New Randomized Trial of Early Commitment College Aid
Douglas Harris, Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies and an IRP Affiliate, University of Wisconsin–Madison

IRP Seminar Calendar, Spring 2012

January 26, 2012

IRP Visiting Scholars Seminar Series
The Distributional Impacts of an Energy Boom in Western Canada
Joseph Marchand, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Alberta
[PowerPoint available in PDF format]

February 2, 2012 (Please note change in schedule)

IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
Employment, Poverty, Inequality and Education, in the United States over the Early (and Middle) Stages of the Great Recession
Timothy Smeeding, Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs, La Follette School of Public Affairs, and Director of IRP
[PowerPoint available in PDF format]

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
4:30-5:45 pm, 1255 H.F. DeLuca Forum, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 N. Orchard Street

New Perspectives in Social Policy Seminar Series
A Biology of Misfortune: How Social Stratification, Sensitivity, and Stress Diminish Early Health and Development
W. Thomas Boyce, Sunny Hill Health Center-BC Leadership Chair in Child Development in the Human Early Learning Partnership and the Center for Community Child Health Research, Co-Director of Child and Family Research Institute's (CFRI) Experience-Based Brain and Biological Development Program, Scientist Level 3, CFRI, and Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies and Pediatrics, University of British Columbia
[PowerPoint Presentation in PDF format | Flash Video available (best viewed with a high speed internet connection)]

February 9, 2012

Meet the New IRP Affiliate Seminar Series
College-Major Choice to College-Then-Major Choice
Chao Fu, Assistant Professor of Economics and an IRP Affiliate, and Paola Bordon, Economics Ph.D Student, University of Wisconsin–Madison

February 16, 2012

Poverty, Self-Sufficiency, and Policy as We Emerge from the Great Recession Seminar Series
It's Not Just Walmart: Why So Many Retail Jobs Are Bad, and How We Could Make Them Better
Chris Tilly, Director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and Professor of Urban Planning, UCLA
[PowerPoint available in PDF format | Flash Video available (best viewed with a high speed internet connection)]

February 23, 2012

Poverty, Self-Sufficiency, and Policy as We Emerge from the Great Recession Seminar Series
Performance Management: Economics and Policy
Jeffrey Smith, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, University of Michigan
[PowerPoint available in PDF format | Flash Video available (best viewed with a high speed internet connection)]

March 1, 2012

Poverty, Self-Sufficiency, and Policy as We Emerge from the Great Recession Seminar Series
Trends in the Impact of Anti-Poverty Programs in the United States
Robert Moffitt, Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Economics, Johns Hopkins University; and an IRP Affiliate
[PowerPoint available in PDF format | Flash Video available (best viewed with a high speed internet connection)]

March 8, 2012

IRP RIDGE Food Assistance Research Seminar Series
Lacking in a Land of Plenty: Understanding Food Acquisition Coping Strategies Used by the Food Insecure
Andrea Anater, Public Health Nutrition Researcher, Food and Nutrition Policy Research and Community Health Promotion Research, RTI International; and IRP RIDGE Center Visiting Food Assistance Research Scholar
[PowerPoint available in PDF format]

March 15, 2012

IRP Visiting Scholars Seminar Series
Childhood Income Volatility and Adult Outcomes
Bradley Hardy, Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Policy, American University
[PowerPoint available in PDF format]

March 22, 2012

IRP Visiting Scholars Seminar Series
Does the State Help or Hurt African American Caregiving Grandmothers? A Simple Question with no Easy Answers
LaShawnDa Pittman-Gay, National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology, Georgia State University
[PowerPoint Presentation available in PDF format]

March 29, 2012

IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
Mortgage Default, Family Outcomes, and Public Policy
J. Michael Collins, Faculty Director, Center for Financial Security, Assistant Professor of Consumer Science, and an IRP Affiliate, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Cosponsored by the Center for Financial Security
[PowerPoint Presentation available in PDF format]
(Date changed 2/24/2012)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
12:15-1:30 pm, 3470 Social Science Building

IRP RIDGE Food Assistance Research Seminar Series
Non-Use of Food Assistance among Low-Income Families in San Francisco
Christopher Wimer, Associate Director, Collaboration for Poverty Research, Senior Editor of Pathways, Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality, Stanford University; and IRP RIDGE Center Visiting Food Assistance Research Scholar
[PowerPoint Presentation available in PDF format]

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
12:15-1:30 pm, 3470 Social Science Building

IRP RIDGE Food Assistance Research Seminar Series
Estimation of Treatment Effects Without an Exclusion Restriction: With an Application to the Analysis of the School Breakfast Program
Rusty Tchernis, Associate Professor of Economics, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University; and IRP RIDGE Center Visiting Food Assistance Research Scholar
[PowerPoint Presentation available in PDF format]

April 12, 2012

Director's Choice Seminar Series
The Budget and the Poor: Will Federal and State Policymakers Address Our Daunting Fiscal Challenges in Ways That Make Poverty Substantially Worse?

Robert Greenstein, Founder and President of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
[PowerPoint Presentation available in PDF format]

April 19, 2012

Poverty, Self-Sufficiency, and Policy as We Emerge from the Great Recession Seminar Series
Behavioral Economics and Household Finances of Low-Income Families
Justin Sydnor, Assistant Professor of Business and an IRP Affiliate, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Cosponsored by the Center for Financial Security
[PowerPoint Presentation available in PDF format | Flash Video available (best viewed with a high speed internet connection)]
(Date changed 2/24/2012)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
12:15-1:30 pm, 3470 Social Science Building

IRP Visiting Scholars Seminar Series
Poverty, Employment and Residential Emancipation among European Youth
Sara Ayllon Gatnau, Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Economics and Business, Unversitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Barcelona
[PowerPoint Presentation available in PDF format]

May 10, 2012

IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
The Elephant in the Room: The Role of Poverty in Child Maltreatment
Kristen Shook Slack, Director and Professor of the School of Social Work and an IRP Affiliate, University of Wisconsin–Madison
[PowerPoint available in PDF format]

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
4:00–5:30 pm, Fluno Center, Howard Auditorium, 601 University Avenue

The Robert J. Lampman Memorial Lecture
Hard Evidence on Soft Skills
James J. Heckman, Nobel Laureate and Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, University of Chicago
Presentation Slides | Flash Video available

May 17, 2012

IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
Family Income and Education as Predictors of Children's School Readiness Scores
Julia Isaacs, Child and Family Policy Fellow, The Brookings Institution and IRP Visiting Scholar and Affiliate, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Other Seminars

Previous IRP Seminars

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