Work, Families and Public Policy series begins Sept. 9

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 the continuing series of Monday brown-bag luncheon seminars held biweekly on the Danforth Campus at Washington University in St. Louis beginning Monday, Sept. 9, and running through Dec. 2.

In its 18th season, 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. 9, with a lecture by Derek Neal, PhD, professor in economics at University of Chicago. His lecture is “Designing Accountability Systems and Incentives Schemes for Educators.”

The remaining presentations are:

Sept. 23. Carl Sanders, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Economics in Arts & Sciences at WUSTL, on “Decomposing the Native-Immigrant Wage Gap in the United States.”

Oct. 7. Amy Wax, MD, JD, the Robert Mundheim Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania, on “The Demography of Marital Decline: Economics, Culture or Something Else?”

Oct. 21. Juan Pantano, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Economics at WUSTL, on “Social Security Benefits, Life Expectancy and Early Retirement.”

Nov. 4. Barton Hamilton, PhD, the Robert Brookings Smith Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship at WUSTL’s Olin Business School, on “Personality and Entrepreneurship.”

Nov. 18. Nava Ashraf, PhD, associate professor at Harvard Business School, on “Contraceptive Access, IntraHousehold Bargaining, and Fertility: A Field Experiment.”

Dec. 2. Kathryn Edin, PhD, professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, on “The EITC and Dignity for the Working Poor.”

Robert A. Pollak, PhD, 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 17 years.

Co-organizer is Michael Sherraden, PhD, the Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development at the Brown School at WUSTL.

The series is sponsored by the Wells Fargo Advisory Center for Finance and Accounting Research in 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 provided courtesy of the Department of Economics.

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.