Work, Families and Public Policy series begins Sept. 19

In its 16th year, series promotes interdisciplinary research

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 on the Danforth Campus at Washington University in St. Louis beginning Monday, Sept. 19, through Monday, Nov. 28.

In its 16th 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, Sept. 19, with a lecture by Joan C. Williams, JD, the Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California Hastings College of the Law Foundation Chair and director of the Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings on “Why Gender is So Unbending: Gender Pressures on Men.”

The remaining presentations are:

Oct. 3. Sandra Black, PhD, professor of economics at the University of Texas, will present “Under Pressure? The Effect of Peers on Outcomes of Young Adults.”

Oct. 17. Michael Sherraden, PhD, the Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development at the Brown School at WUSTL, on “Can Child Development Accounts Increase College Savings?”

Oct. 31. Jialan Wang, PhD, assistant professor of finance at the Olin Business School at WUSTL, will discuss “Liquidity Constraints and Consumer Bankruptcy: Evidence from Tax Rebates.”

Nov. 14. V. Joseph Hotz, PhD, the Arts and Sciences Professor of Economics at Duke University, on “The Family that Shares is the Family the Cares: Are Extended Families Efficient in their Sharing?”

Nov. 28. Carl Sanders, PhD, assistant professor of economics in Arts & Sciences at WUSTL, will discuss “Skill Uncertainty, Skill Accumulation, and Occupational Choice.”

Robert A. Pollak, Ph.D., the Hernreich Distinguished Professor of Economics in Arts & Sciences and in the Olin Business School, has been the lead organizer of the series for the past 15 years.

Co-organizer is Sherraden, who also directs the Center for Social Development at the Brown School.

The series is sponsored by the Olin Business School; the Brown School and the Center for Social Development; the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Work and Social Capital in the School of Law; the Department of Economics in Arts & Sciences; the College of Arts & Sciences; and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

The classroom is courtesy of the Department of Economics in Arts & Sciences.

For more information, contact Pollak at (314) 935-4918 or; Sherraden at (314) 935-6691 or at; or visit and search for the seminar by date.