‘Work, Families and Public Policy’ continues Jan. 28

Faculty and graduate students from St. Louis-area universities with an interest in labor, households, health care, law and social welfare are being invited to take part in a series of Monday brown-bag luncheon seminars to be held on campus biweekly through April 14.

Now in its 12th year, the “Work, Families and Public Policy” series features one-hour presentations on research interests of faculty from local and national universities. The series is designed to promote interdisciplinary research.

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

The series began Jan. 14 with a lecture by Daniel Elfenbein, Ph.D., assistant professor of Organization and Strategy at the Olin Business School, on “Entrepreneurial Spawning among Scientists and Engineers: Stars, Slugs and Small Firms.”

The remaining presentations are listed below.

• Jan. 28: Karen Norberg, M.D., research instructor in psychiatry at the School of Medicine and medical research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, will speak about “Minimum Drinking Age Laws and Long-Term Outcomes.”

• Feb. 11: Barry Chiswick, Ph.D., the UIC Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will present “Why Is the Payoff to Schooling Lower for Immigrants?”

• Feb. 25: Nancy Folbre, Ph.D., professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, will discuss “People, Property, and Patriarchy: The Evolution of Rights over Human Capital.”

• March 17: Kerwin Charles, Ph.D., the Steans Family Professor in Education Policy in the Harris School at the University of Chicago, will speak about “Prejudice and the Economics of Discrimination.”

• March 31: Elizabeth Emens, J.D., Ph.D., associate professor of law at Columbia University, will examine “Intimate Discrimination.”

• April 14: Sebastian Galiani, Ph.D., associate professor of economics in Arts & Sciences, will discuss “The Effects of Land Titling on Household Dynamics.”

Robert A. Pollak, Ph.D., the Robert E. Hernreich Distinguished Professor of Economics in Arts & Sciences and at the Olin Business School, has been the lead organizer of the series for the past 11 years. 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 George Warren Brown School of Social Work.

The series is sponsored by the Olin Business School; the George Warren Brown School of Social Work and the Center for Social Development; the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in the School of Law; the Department of Economics in Arts & Sciences; 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, contact Pollak at 935-4918 or at pollak@wustl.edu; Sherraden at 935-6691 or at sherrad@wustl.edu or visit olin.wustl.edu/links and click on the “Academic Seminars” drop-down menu.