‘Work, Families and Public Policy’ brown bag lunch series continues

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 27.

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. 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 began Jan. 12 with a lecture by Daniel Hamermesh, Ph.D., the Edward Everett Hale Centennial Professor in Economics at the University of Texas, on “Grazing and Making Fat: Determinants and Effects.”

The remaining presentations:

Jan. 26. Leslie Stratton, Ph.D., associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, will speak on “Institutions, Social Norms and Bargaining Power: An Analysis of Individual Leisure Time in Couple Households.”

Feb. 9. David Neumark, Ph.D., professor of economics at the University of California, Irvine, will discuss “Neighbors and Co-Workers: The Importance of Residential Labor Market Networks.”

Feb. 23. Anne Winkler, Ph.D., professor of economics and public policy administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, will examine “The Diffusion of I.T. in Higher Education: Publishing Productivity of Academic Life Scientists.”

March 16. Pamela Jakiela, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics in Arts & Sciences, will speak about “Education and Social Norms: Experimental Evidence.”

March 30. Martha Ertman, J.D., professor of law at the University of Maryland, will present “They Ain’t Whites, They’re Mormons: An Illustrated History of Polygamy as Race Treason.”

April 13. Raul Santaeulalia-Llopis, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics in Arts & Sciences, will examine “AIDS and Economic Development: The Role of Reproductive Health and Family Planning Policies.”

April 27. Michael Hurd, Ph.D., director of the Center for the Study of Aging and senior economist at RAND Corp., will discuss “Economic Preparation for Retirement: Then and Now.”

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. 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.