‘Work, Families and Public Policy’ series begins Sept. 10

Faculty and graduate students from St. Louis-area universities with an interest in topics relating to labor, households, health care, law and social welfare are invited to take part in a series of Monday brown-bag luncheon seminars to be held biweekly through Dec. 3.

Now in its 12th year, the “Work, Families and Public Policy” series features hour-long presentations on research interests of faculty from local and national universities.

Presentations will be from noon-1 p.m. in Eliot Hall, Room 300, and will be followed by half-hour discussion periods.

The series begins Monday, Sept. 10, with a presentation by Dennis P. Hogan, Ph.D., the Robert E. Turner Distinguished Professor of Population Studies and professor of sociology at Brown University, on “Children With Disabilities and Their Families.”

The series’ remaining presentations, listed below, are designed to promote interdisciplinary research.

• Sept. 24 — John Baugh, Ph.D., the Margaret Bush Wilson Professor and director of African and African American Studies in Arts & Sciences, will discuss “Linguistic Profiling in the African Diaspora: Voice Discrimination in Schools and Society.”

• Oct. 8 — Michele Tertilt, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics at Stanford University, will present “Women’s Liberation: What Was in it for Men?”

• Oct. 22 — Duncan Thomas, Ph.D., professor of economics at Duke University, will examine “Preferences: Experimental and Survey Evidence.”

• Nov. 5 — Ian Ayres, Ph.D., the William K. Townsend Professor at Yale Law School, will present “Dare to Diversify: Why Buying Stock on Leverage When You’re Young Can Reduce Risk (and Double Your Retirement Savings.)”

• Nov. 19 — Tanika Chakraborty, graduate student in economics in Arts & Sciences, and Sukkoo Kim, Ph.D., associate professor of economics in Arts & Sciences, will discuss “Caste, Kinship and Sex-ratios in India.”

• Dec. 3 — Robert Pollak, Ph.D., the Hernreich Distinguished Professor of Economics in Arts & Sciences and in the Olin Business School, will examine “Marriage, Commitment and Investment in Human Capital.”

Pollak has been the lead organizer of the series since its inception.

The co-organizer is Michael W. Sherraden, Ph.D., the Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development and director of the Center for Social Development in the School of Social Work.

The series is sponsored by the business school; the social work school and the Center for Social Development; the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in the School of Law; the economics department; the Center for Health Policy; and the College of Arts & Sciences.

The classroom is courtesy of the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government and Public Policy in Arts & Sciences.

For more information, visit olin.wustl.edu/links and click on the “Academic Seminars” drop-down menu on the right side, or contact Pollak (935-4918; pollak@wustl.edu) or Sherraden (935-6691; sherrad@wustl.edu).