Instability in the Lives of the Poor: How Policy Helps or Hurts
An IRP Seminar Series

Instability in the Lives of the Poor: How Policy Helps or Hurts 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 focus on the state of the field concerning the proximate sources of instability and poverty and how they sequence and accumulate. The speakers will quantify the level of instability experienced by poor and near-poor families in such areas as employment, housing, and family life, help us understand why the instability occurs, and suggest possible policy reforms that might reduce the level of instability.

Instability in the Lives of the Poor: How Policy Helps or Hurts series speakers will examine job instability from layoffs, firings, and voluntary quits; residential instability from evictions, mortgage foreclosures, and voluntary moves; instability in schooling that stems in part from residential instability but also reflects nonattendance and dropouts; family instability from nonmarital childbearing (from the birth of an infant in such a situation), changing relationships, and moves in and out of the household; child care instability that results from residential moves, job changes, and provider turnover; financial instrument instability that flows from lack of financial literacy; health and health care provider instability; food instability and insecurity; and transportation instability.

September 16, 2010

The Mixed Blessings of Mixed-Income Communities
Mary Pattillo, Harold Washington Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Northwestern University

October 14, 2010

Financial Regulation and the Economic Security of Low-Income Households
Karen Dynan, Vice President and Co-Director of the Economic Studies Program and Robert S. Kerr Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

November 18, 2010

Child Support and Income Insecurity
Daniel R. Meyer, Mary C. Jacoby Distinguished Professor of Social Work and IRP Affiliate, University of Wisconsin–Madison

February 17, 2011

How Poor Families Think about Neighborhoods and Schools: Where They Go, Why They Go, and Why They Stay
Stefanie DeLuca, Associate Professor of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University

March 10, 2011

Doubling Up When Times Are Tough: A Study of Obligations to Share a Home in Response to Economic Hardship
Judith A. Seltzer, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
(cosponsored by Center for Demography and Ecology and Center for Demography of Health and Aging)

April 14, 2011

Instability and Family Life
Andrew J. Cherlin, Benjamin H. Griswold, III, Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, Johns Hopkins University
(cosponsored by Center for Demography and Ecology)