Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Faculty contribute to IRP report on antipoverty policy initiatives

The most recent issue of Focus, the flagship publication of the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP), features the work of four La Follette School faculty members, including University of Wisconsin–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank.

Research by Professors Maria Cancia, Pam Herd, and Tim Smeeding also is featured in the special issue. All are long-time IRP affiliates, and Smeeding served as its director from 2008 to 2014.

The issue begins with a condensed version of Blank’s keynote address at the 2016 IRP Summer Research Workshop. It then summarizes a select set of antipoverty proposals included in an upcoming double issue of RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences focusing on antipoverty policies for the United States.

“The proposals range in size, scope, and breadth, as well as target populations and approaches to poverty reduction. However, each seeks to move antipoverty efforts into new territory,” the introduction to the special issue of Focus says. “The proposals selected for inclusion here are linked by their focus on cash or near cash social welfare programs and policies, including tax transfers and minimum wage policy.”

Cancian, IRP’s director from 2004 to 2008 and two La Follette School faculty affiliates – Professors Lonnie Berger and Katherine Magnuson – serve as editors of the two-issue volume, co-published by the Russell Sage Foundation and the Robin Hood Foundation.

Smeeding contributed to two articles, A universal child allowance and Minimum benefit plan for the elderly. Herd also authored the Minimum benefit plan article, and Cancian collaborated with La Follette School faculty affiliate Daniel Meyer on the article Single-parent-family policy.

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Chancellor and Professor Rebecca Blank, Professor Maria Cancian, Professor Pam Herd, Professor Tim Smeeding.