Popular lunchtime lecture series continues for 15th year

‘Work, Families and Public Policy’ series begins Monday, Sept. 13

A series of Monday brown-bag seminars presented biweekly on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis through Dec. 6 will give faculty and graduate students of St. Louis-area universities an array of opportunities to lunch and learn.

The 15th year of the “Work, Families and Public Policy” series features one-hour seminars on research interests including labor, households, health care, law and social welfare by 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. Coffee and soft drinks will be provided.

The series begins Monday, Sept. 13, with a lecture by Robert A. Pollak, PhD, the Hernreich Distinguished Professor of Economics in Arts & Sciences and at the Olin Business School, on “Allocating Time: Does Economic Theory Imply Specialization in Efficient Married Couple Households?”

The schedule continues below:

Sept. 27: Noah Zatz, JD, professor of law at the University of California, Los Angeles, will present “Accounting For Care in the Age of Work.”

Oct. 11: Daniela Del Boca, PhD, professor of economics at the University of Turin, Italy, will discuss “Household Membership Decisions of Adult Children in Europe.”

Oct. 25: Judith A. Seltzer, PhD, professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, will examine “Doubling Up When Times Are Tough: A Pilot Study of Obligations to Share a Home in Response to Economic Hardship.”

Nov. 8: John Laitner, PhD, professor of economics at the University of Michigan, will talk about “Intergenerational Transfers: New HRS Data on Gifts and Transfers.”

Nov. 22: Sebastian Galiani, PhD, professor of economics in Arts & Sciences, will present “The Causal Effects of Housing in Poor Shantytowns.”

Dec. 6: Lamar Pierce, PhD, associate professor of strategy at the Olin Business School, will speak about “The Psychological and Sexual Costs of Income Inequality in Marriage.”

Pollak has been lead organizer of the series for the past 14 years. The co-organizer is Michael W. Sherraden, PhD, the Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development and director of the Center for Social Development at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work.

The series is sponsored by the Olin Business School; the Brown School and the Center for Social Development; the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in the School of Law; the Department of Economics in Arts & Sciences; and the College of Arts & Sciences.

The classroom is courtesy of the Department of Economics.

For more information, contact Pollak at (314) 935-4918 or at pollak@wustl.edu; Sherraden at (314) 935-6691 or at sherrad@wustl.edu; or visit olin.wustl.edu/links and click on the “Academic Seminars” drop-down menu.