Poverty, Self-Sufficiency, and Policy as We Emerge from the Great Recession, An IRP Thematic Seminar Series

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.

Poverty, Self-Sufficiency, and Policy as We Emerge from the Great Recession seminar speakers will examine new directions in employment and training policy for low-skill/low-wage workers; the future of unemployment insurance; the role of SNAP in the income support package; behavioral economic approaches to asset formation among low-income families; and the delivery of programs and services in the context of fiscal constraints.

Thursdays, 12:15–1:30 p.m., 8417 Social Science Building

October 27, 2011

Rethinking Welfare Policy in the Aftermath of the Great Recession
Gordon Berlin, President, MDRC

November 17, 2011

Consequences of School Desegregation on Adult Earnings and Well-Being
Rucker Johnson, Associate Professor of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, and IRP Affiliate
Cosponsored with La Follette School of Public Affairs

February 16, 2012

It's Not Just Walmart: Why So Many Retail Jobs Are Bad, and How We Could Make Them Better
Chris Tilly, Director of Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and Professor of Urban Planning, UCLA

February 23, 2012

Performance Management: Economics and Policy
Jeffrey Smith, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, University of Michigan

March 1, 2012

Trends in the Impact of Anti-Poverty Programs in the United States
Robert Moffitt, Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Economics, Johns Hopkins University, and IRP Affiliate

April 19, 2012

Behavioral Economics and Household Finances of Low-Income Families
Justin Sydnor, Assistant Professor, School of Business, University of Wisconsin–Madison, and IRP Affiliate
(Date changed 2/24/2012)