Changing Poverty

May 29–30, 2008, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Papers presented at this working conference organized by IRP, with financial support from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will be summarized in the Fall 2009 issue of Focus. Revised papers are to be published as a volume in fall 2009, Changing Poverty, Changing Policies, co-edited by Maria Cancian and Sheldon Danziger, and available from the Russell Sage Foundation.

Book cover for Changing Poverty, Changing Policies

Changing Poverty, Changing Policies continues the seminal book series on poverty policy and research that includes three earlier volumes, which have tracked poverty and poverty policy from the 1960s on: Fighting Poverty: What Works and What Doesn't (1986); Confronting Poverty: Prescriptions for Change (1994); and Understanding Poverty (2001); and are available from Harvard University Press and the Russell Sage Foundation.

Abstracts of the papers presented at the conference are available on the IRP Discussion Paper page; the full text of the book introduction and of two conference papers that differ from the book chapters (“Immigration and Poverty in the United States” by Steven Raphael and Eugene Smolensky, and “Trends in Income Support” by Robert Moffitt, John Karl Scholz, and Benjamin Cowan), are available on this Web site, and linked in the agenda below.

Changing Poverty
University of Wisconsin-Madison
May 29-30, 2008

Thursday, May 29

Poverty Levels and Trends in the US and the US in Comparative Perspective
Daniel R. Meyer and Geoffrey Wallace, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Discussant: Timothy Smeeding, Syracuse University

Economic Change and the Structure of Opportunity for Less-Skilled Workers
Rebecca Blank, University of Michigan
Discussant: Kerwin Charles, University of Chicago

Immigration and Poverty in the United States
Steven Raphael and Eugene Smolensky, University of California, Berkeley
Discussant: Cordelia Reimers, Hunter College-CUNY
(Full text available—differs from book chapter)
DP 1347-08

Changes in Family Structure, Childbearing, and Employment: Implications for the Level and Trend in Poverty
Maria Cancian, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Deborah Reed, Public Policy Institute of California
Discussant: Rebecca Maynard, University of Pennsylvania

Trends in Income Support
Robert Moffitt, Johns Hopkins University, John Karl Scholz, and Benjamin Cowan, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Discussant: Robert Plotnick, University of Washington
(Full text available—differs from book chapter)
DP 1350-08

Health Care for the Poor: For Whom, What Care, and Whose Responsibility?
Katherine Swartz, Harvard University
Discussant: Barbara Wolfe, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Improving Educational Outcomes for Poor Children
Brian A. Jacob, University of Michigan, and Jens Ludwig, University of Chicago
Discussant: Helen Ladd, Duke University

Workforce Development as an Antipoverty Strategy: Up, Down . . . and Back Up?
Harry J. Holzer, Georgetown University
Discussant: Carolyn Heinrich, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Friday, May 30

The Role of Family Policies in Anti-Poverty Policy
Jane Waldfogel, Columbia University
Discussant: Sanders Korenman, Baruch College-CUNY

Enduring Influences of Childhood Poverty
Katherine Magnuson, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Elizabeth Votruba-Drzal, University of Pittsburgh
Discussant: Elizabeth Oltmans Ananat, Duke University

Mobility in the U.S. and in Comparative Perspective
Markus Jäntti, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
Discussant: Steven Haider, Michigan State University

Poverty Politics and Policy
Mary Jo Bane, Harvard University
Discussant: Joseph Soss, University of Minnesota

What Does it Mean to be Poor in a Rich Society?
Robert Haveman, University of Wisconsin-Madison
: Gary Burtless, Brookings Institution

Rapporteur Session
Overall Themes and Challenges for Poverty Research and Antipoverty Policies
Irwin Garfinkel, Columbia University, and Isabel Sawhill, Brookings Institution