Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, February 28, 2019

Smeeding to present federal Roadmap for Reducing Child Poverty in U.S.

Smeeding to present federal Roadmap for Reducing Child Poverty in U.S.


Reducing childhood poverty by half in 10 years: A Q&A with Tim Smeeding

Evidence-based federal policy recommendations for reducing U.S. child poverty by half in 10 years will be presented by Timothy Smeeding, UW–Madison professor of public affairs and economics, Tuesday March 12. The hour-long public event begins at 4:30 p.m. in the School of Education Building's Wisconsin Idea Room. A reception will follow the seminar.

The recommendations are from a newly released report, A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty in the United States, of which Smeeding is a coauthor. The plan emerged from a congressionally mandated two-year consensus study of antipoverty scholars that was organized by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

The most recent statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau reveal that children had the highest poverty rate of the three major age groups, with 12.8 million children—17.5 percent of U.S. children—living in poverty in 2017.

This event is cosponsored by the University of Wisconsin–Madison Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP), La Follette School of Public Affairs, Center for Demography and Ecology, and Center for Financial Security; as well as Kids Forward, Wisconsin Community Action Program Association, and Wisconsin Council of Churches.

Smeeding, the Lee Rainwater Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics, was the founding director of the Luxembourg Income Study from 1983-2006 and IRP director from 2008-2014.