Popular brown-bag lunch series begins 13th year

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 Dec. 1.

Now in its 13th year, the “Work, Families and Public Policy” series features one-hour presentations on research interests of faculty from local and national universities and other institutions. The series is designed to promote interdisciplinary research.

Presentations will be from noon-1 p.m. in Seigle Hall, Room 348, and will be followed by a half-hour discussion.

The series begins Monday, Sept. 8, with a lecture by Valerie Ramey, Ph.D., professor of economics at the University of California, San Diego, on “The Rug Rat Race.”

The schedule
Sept. 22. Juan Pantano, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics in Arts & Sciences, will speak about “Strategic Parenting, Birth Order and School Performance.”

Oct. 6. Kelly Bishop, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics in Arts & Sciences, will present “A Dynamic Model of Location Choice.”

Oct. 20. James P. Smith, Ph.D., senior economist at RAND Corp., will discuss “The Impact of Childhood Health on Adult SES Outcomes.”

Nov. 3. Rebecca M. Blank, Ph.D., the Robert V. Kerr Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, will speak about “The Impact of Earnings Disregards on the Behavior of Low-Income Families.”

Nov. 17. Betsey Stevenson, Ph.D., assistant professor of business and public policy at the University of Pennsylvania, will examine “Women’s Education and Family Behavior: Trends in Marriage, Divorce and Fertility.”

Dec. 1. Kathy Baker, J.D., visiting professor of law at Northwestern University, will present “Defining Family.”

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 12 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 Department of Economics.

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.