Work, Families and Public Policy series begins Monday, Feb. 3

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, Feb. 3, and running through April 14.

Continuing 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, with discussion extending to 1:30 p.m. for those interested. Coffee and soft drinks will be provided.

The series begins Feb. 3 and features Sean H. Williams, JD, professor at the University of Texas School of Law. His topic is “Dead Children: Tort Law and Parental Investments in Child Safety.”

The remaining presentations:

Feb. 17. David Wiczer, PhD, economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, on “Occupational Hazards and Social Disability Insurance.”

March 3. Chinhui Juhn, PhD, the Henry Graham Professor of Economics at the University of Houston, on “The Quantity-Quality Tradeoff and the Formation of Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Skill.”

March 17. George Borjas, PhD, the Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, on “The Slowdown in the Economic Assimilation of Immigrants: Aging and Cohort Effects Revisited Again.”

March 31. Joshua Jackson, PhD, assistant professor of psychology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University, on “The Influence of Personality on Important Life Outcomes.”

April 14. Jeffrey Smith, PhD, professor of economics at the University of Michigan, on “The Consequences of Mismatch Between Students and Colleges.”

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 click here and search for the seminar by date.