2006 – Alan Krueger

2nd Annual W.J. Usery Distinguished Lecture

“Whither the Social Safety Net?”

Dr. Alan B. Krueger

Dr. Alan B. Krueger

The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and The Usery Center hosted the second W.J. Usery Distinguished Lecture on April 27, 2006. The guest speaker for the lecture was Dr. Alan B. Krueger (pictured at right), Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Director of the Survey Research Center, and Director of the Industrial Relations Section at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. The seminar by Dr. Krueger was held in the Andrew Young School’s seminar room (7th Floor, AYS Building, 14 Marietta Street, NW).

The title of the seminar was “Whither the Social Safety Net?”

Many commentators have argued that the social safety net in the United States is under unprecedented stress from globalization, greater competitiveness, rising healthcare costs, an aging population and structural deficits. This lecture will assess the future of the safety net. Major themes will be: (1) globalization and intense economic competition are not inconsistent with a strong safety net; (2) employer-provided health insurance and defined benefit pension plans appear increasingly anachronistic; (3) the safety net will evolve in the global/information age, but will persist because there is demand for social insurance.

About Alan Krueger

Alan Krueger’s primary research and teaching interests are in the general areas of labor economics, education, industrial relations, economics of terrorism, and social insurance. He is the author of Education Matters: A Selection of Essays on Education, co-author of Myth and Measurement: The New Economics of the Minimum Wage, and a member of the Editorial Board of Science. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Russell Sage Foundation and American Institutes of Research, and a member of the Executive Committee of the American Economic Association.

His current research projects include a study of the effect of economic growth and poverty on terrorism, a study of the effect of school vouchers on student achievement, and research on new measures of well being. He writes a monthly column on economics for the New York Timescalled The Economic Scene. He has also been named a Sloan Fellow, an NBER Olin Fellow, was elected a fellow of the Econometric Society, and was awarded the Kershaw Prize by the Association for Public Policy and Management in 1997. He was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002, and awarded the Mahalanobis Memorial Medal by the Indian Econometric Society in 2001. He served as the chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor in 1994-95. Alan Krueger is the director of the Princeton University Survey Research Center. His Ph.D. is from Harvard University.