20th Anniversary
"Current Research on the Low-Income Population"
Madison, WI
June 7-10, 2010
1310 Plenary Room, Grainger Hall
975 University Avenue

The Summer Research Workshop is a working meeting, therefore, attendance at most of the sessions is by invitation only; however, there are five keynote talks that are free and open to the public (see below). Admittance to a closed session is occasionally granted, but requests are treated on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Coreen Williams at for more information.

Many of the 20th Annual Summer Research Workshop presentations will be summarized in the fall 2010 issue of Focus, IRP’s broad-audience newsletter, and will be available on IRP’s Web site at


Opening Session

11:30-11:45 Welcome to 20th Anniversary SRW
Timothy Smeeding, University of Wisconsin–Madison; and Jeffrey Smith, University of Michigan
11:45-12:05 SRW 20th Anniversary Keynote Speaker
Progress Toward Improving the U.S. Poverty Measure: Developing the New Supplemental Poverty Measure
David S. Johnson, U.S. Census Bureau
12:05-1:15 SRW 20th Anniversary Keynote Speaker
The Wisconsin Poverty Measure: A First Look
Timothy Smeeding, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Julia Isaacs, Brookings Institution; and Joanna Marks, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Response: Gary Burtless, Brookings Institution

Session #1: Health

2:00-3:15 The Short-Term Mortality Consequences of Income Receipt
William Evans, University of Notre Dame

Session #2: Higher Education

3:15-4:30 Beware of Economists Bearing Reduced Forms? An Experiment in How Not to Improve Student Outcomes
Scott Carrell, University of California, Davis
4:45-5:45 SRW 20th Anniversary Keynote Speaker
How Well Do We Understand Achievement Gaps?
Eric Hanushek, Stanford University
Response: Robert Hauser, University of Wisconsin–Madison


Session #3: K-12 Education

8:30-9:45 Dressed for Success? The Effect of School Uniforms on Student Achievement and Behavior
Scott Imberman, University of Houston
9:45-11:00 Shining a Light or Fumbling in the Dark? The Effects of the No Child Left Behind Act’s Subgroup-Specific Accountability Pressure on Disadvantaged Student Performance
Douglas Lauen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
11:15-12:30 Teacher Effectiveness on High- and Low-Stakes Tests
Sean Corcoran, New York University; and Jennifer Jennings, Harvard University

Session #4: Transfers

1:30-2:45 Consumption and Income Inequality in the U.S.: 1960-2008
Bruce Meyer, University of Chicago and James Sullivan, University of Notre Dame
2:45-4:00 The Dynamics of Social Assistance Benefit Receipt in Britain
Stephen Jenkins, University of Essex
4:15-4:30 In Memoriam: Irving Morris Piliavin and Arthur Stanley Goldberger
4:30-5:30 SRW 20th Anniversary Keynote Speaker
Transfers and Taxes and the Low-Income Population: Policy and Research Trends
Robert Moffitt, Johns Hopkins University; Richard Burkhauser, Cornell University; and J. Karl Scholz, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Response: V. Joseph Hotz, Duke University


Session #5: Inequality

8:30-9:45 Earnings and Income Volatility in America: Evidence from the Matched CPS
James Ziliak, University of Kentucky
9:45-11:00 Polarization and Rising Wage Inequality: Comparing the U.S. and Germany
Bernd Fitzenberger, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
11:15-12:30 Genetic Interactions with Prenatal Social Environment: Effects on Academic and Behavioral Outcomes
Dalton Conley, New York University
1:30-2:45 The Great Migration and African-American Mortality: Evidence from Mississippi
Seth Sanders, Duke University
2:45-4:00 Testing for Racial Discrimination in a Bail Setting Using Nonparametric Estimation of a Parametric Model
Jonah Gelbach, University of Arizona
4:30-5:30 SRW 20th Anniversary Keynote Speaker
Poverty and Child Outcomes Low Income in the Context of Other Circumstances of the Poor: Re-Visiting an Old Question
Susan Mayer, University of Chicago
Response: David Blau, Ohio State University
Dinner & Roundtable
The Fluno Center, Skyview Banquet Room
601 University Avenue
7:00-9:30 pm SRW 20th Anniversary Keynote Speaker
Methodological Issues for Evaluating Antipoverty Programs
Thomas Cook, Northwestern University
Response/Moderator: Jeffrey Smith, University of Michigan


Session #6: Education II

8:00-9:15 Long-Run Impacts of School Desegregation and School Quality on Adult Health
Rucker Johnson, University of California, Berkeley
9:15-10:30 The Earned Income Tax Credit and Expected Social Security Benefits among Low-Income Mothers
Thomas DeLeire, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Jonathan Schwabish and Molly Dahl, Congressional Budget Office; and Timothy Smeeding, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Session #7: Children

10:45-12:00 The Acute Effect of Local Homicides on Children’s Cognitive Performance
Patrick Sharkey, New York University
12:45-2:00 The Effects of Female Labor Force Participation on Adult and Childhood Obesity
Oscar Mitnik, University of Miami

Financial support for the workshop is provided by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The opinions and conclusions expressed at the Workshop are

solely those of the author(s) and should not be construed as representing the opinions or policy of any agency of the Federal government.

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