Work, Families and Public Policy series continues Jan. 24

Faculty and graduate students from St. Louis-area universities with an interest in 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 April 18 on Washington University’s Danforth Campus.

In its 15th 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.

The series begins Monday, Jan. 24, with a lecture by Juan Pantano, PhD, assistant professor of economics in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, on “C-Sections and Fertility.”

The remaining presentations are:

  • Feb. 7. Mariagiovanna Baccara, PhD, assistant professor of economics at Washington University, on “Child-Adoption Matching: Preferences on Gender and Race.”
  • Feb. 21. Mark Rosenzweig, PhD, the Frank Altschul Professor of International Economics and director of the Economic Growth Center at Yale University, on “Human Capital Investment and the Gender Division of Labor in a Brawn-Based Economy.”
  • March 7. Nicholas Papageorge, graduate student in economics at Washington University, on “HIV and Incentives for Monogamy Among Gay Men.”
  • March 21. Marianne Bertrand, PhD, the Chris P. Dialynas Professor of Economics and the Neubauer Family Faculty Fellow at the University of Chicago, on “The Role of Parental Inputs in the Gender-Gap in Non-Cognitive Skills.”
  • April 4. Martha McClusky, JD, professor of law and the William J. Magavern Faculty Scholar at the University of Buffalo, on “Taxing Family Work: Aid for Affluent Husband Care.”
  • April 18. Terra McKinnish, PhD, associate professor of economics at the University of Colorado, on “Within-Couple Age Differences and Sorting on Earnings.”

Robert A. Pollak, PhD, the 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 14 years. 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, call Pollak at (314) 935-4918 or e-mail; call Sherraden at (314) 935-6691 or e-mail; or visit