(Please note that participation is by invitation only. For more information please contact Coreen Williams at cwilliam@ssc.wisc.edu.)

"Current Research on the Low-Income Population"
June 25–28, 2012
Room 2520, Grainger Hall
975 University Avenue
Madison, WI

Session # 1: Poverty Measurement, Mobility, and Social Interactions
12:00–1:15 Identifying the Disadvantaged: Official Poverty, Consumption Poverty and the New Supplemental Poverty Measure
James X. Sullivan, University of Notre Dame; and Bruce Meyer, University of Chicago
1:15–2:30 Family Structure and the Economic Wellbeing of Children
Leonard Lopoo, Syracuse University; and Thomas DeLeire, University of Wisconsin–Madison
2:30–2:45 Break
2:45–4:00 Family Income Instability
Peter Gottschalk, Boston College; and Sisi Zhang, The Urban Institute
4:00–5:15 Peer Effects in Program Participation
Gordon Dahl, University of California, San Diego; Katrine Løken, University of Bergen; and Magne Mostad, University College London
  Dinner on your own
Session # 2: Housing and the Crack Epidemic
8:30–9:45 The Effect of the Section 8 Housing Voucher Receipt on Work, Mobility, Neighborhood Quality and Family Composition
Robert Haveman, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Barbara Wolfe, Thomas Kaplan, and Deven Carlson, University of Wisconsin–Madison
9:45–11:00 Does Federally-Funded Job Training Work? Nonexperimental Estimates of WIA Training Impacts Using Longitudinal Data on Workers and Firms
Jeff Smith, University of Michigan; Fredrik Andersson, US Department of Treasury; Harry J. Holzer, Georgetown University; Julia I. Lane, National Science Foundation; and David Rosenblum, Michigan State University
11:00–11:15 Break
11:15–12:30 The White/Black Achievement Gap, Stalled Progress, and the Long Term Consequences of the Crack Epidemic
William Evans, University of Notre Dame; Craig Garthwaite, Northwestern University; and Timothy Moore, University of Maryland
12:30–1:30 Catered lunch (discussion continues)
Session # 3: Dynamics of Health Insurance and Minimum Wages
1:30–2:45 Estimating Heterogeneous Take-up and Crowd-Out Responses to Current Medicaid Limits and Their Nonmarginal Expansions
John Ham, University of Maryland; I. Serkan Ozbeklik, Claremont McKenna College; and Lara Shore-Sheppard, Williams College
2:45–4:00 Participation and Crowd Out: Assessing the Effects of Parental Medicaid Expansions
Sarah Hamersma, University of Florida; and Matthew Kim, University of St. Thomas
4:00–5:15 The Impact of Minimum Wages on Quit, Layoff, and Hiring Rates
David Green, University of British Columbia
  Dinner on your own
Session # 4: Education
8:15–9:30 Labor Market Returns to the GED Using Regression Discontinuity Analysis
Kenneth Troske, University of Kentucky; Christopher Jepsen, University of Kentucky; and Peter Mueser, University of Missouri
9:30–10:45 Race and College Success: Evidence from Missouri
Cory Koedel, University of Missouri-Columbia; and Peter Arcidiacono, Duke University
10:45–11:00 Break
11:00–12:15 Percent Plans, Automatic Admissions, and College Entry
Isaac McFarlin, University of Michigan; Lindsay Daugherty and Paco Martorell, RAND Corporation
12:15–1:15 Catered lunch (discussion continues)
1:15–2:30 Incentive Strength and Teacher Productivity: Evidence from a Group-Based Teacher Incentive Pay System
Scott Imberman, University of Houston; and Michael Lovenheim, Cornell University
2:30–3:45 Teacher Quality Policy When Supply Matters
Jesse Rothstein, University of California, Berkeley
3:45–4:00 Break
4:00–5:15 Results from an Education Experiment in Mexico
Kenneth Wolpin, University of Pennsylvania; Petra Todd and Jere Behrman, University of Pennsylvania; and Susan Parker, Center for Teaching and Research in Economics (CIDE), Mexico
6:00–9:30 Dinner & Roundtable
The Value-Added Model: Research and Policy
Raj Chetty, Harvard University; Eric Hanushek, Stanford University; and Jesse Rothstein, University of California, Berkeley
Session # 5: Skill Formation, Child Development, and Head Start: Joint Session with INET Research Network on Human Capital and Inequality
8:00–9:15 Measuring Parental Beliefs About the Technology of Skill Formation
Flavio Cunha, University of Pennsylvania; Jennifer Culhane, Drexel University; and Irma Elo, University of Pennsylvania
9:15–10:30 Household Choices and Child Development
Matthew Wiswall, New York University; Daniela del Boca, University of Turin; and Christopher Flinn, New York University
11:00–12:15 Long Term Impacts of Compensatory Preschool on Health and Behavior: Evidence from Head Start
Rita Ginja, Uppsala University; and Pedro Carneiro, University College London
12:15–1:30 Experimental Evidence on Distributional Effects of Head Start
Marianne Bitler, University of California, Irvine; Thurston Domina, University of California, Irvine; and Hilary Hoynes, University of California, Davis
1:30–2:00 Closing remarks and discussion (meeting adjourns)

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