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Seminar Series: Robert Moffitt, Professor of Economics, Johns Hopkins University

The Deserving Poor and the U.S. Welfare System
When Mar 14, 2014
from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
Where 1101 Morrill Hall
Contact Name
Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Talk

The U.S. welfare system has undergone tremendous growth and change since its inception in the 1930s.  However, that growth has differentially favored certain family types and demographic groups. This differential treatment has been especially pronounced in the last twenty years.  This analysis suggests that this differential treatment reflects U.S. notions of deservingness of the poor.

About the Speaker

Robert Moffitt

Robert Moffitt is the Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Economics at Johns Hopkins University, where he is also an Associate of the Hopkins Population Center. Professor Moffitt’s research focuses on the U.S. welfare system and its effect on low income families and children, including effects on family structure and child-bearing. He also conducts research on statistical methodology, including methods for conducting causal inference with observational data and on the estimation of models of social interactions and networks. He is currently President of the Population Association of America, and is a past editor of several scholarly journals.

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