2014 – Robert Moffitt

11th Annual W.J. Usery Distinguished Lecture – 2014

Robert Moffitt

Dr. Edward Lazear

Dr. Robert Moffitt

“The Deserving Poor, the Family, and the U.S. Welfare System” Wednesday, October 8th, 10:30 am

On October 8, 2014, Professor Robert Moffitt, the Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Economics, and Department Chair, Johns Hopkins University, presented the 11th Annual W.J. Usery Lecture on October 8, 2013, 10:30-noon, at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, in AYS Seminar Room 749 (seventh floor). His topic was “The Deserving Poor, the Family, and the U.S. Welfare System.”

Professor Moffitt is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists (SOLE), a National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences, recipient of a MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health, recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the 2014 President of the Population Association of America. He has served as Chief Editor of the American Economic Review, Coeditor of The Review of Economics and Statistics, Chief Editor of the Journal of Human Resources, and as Chair of the National Academy of Sciences Panel to Evaluate Welfare Reform.

Moffitt’s research is in the areas of labor economics and applied microeconometrics. Research on the U.S. welfare system examines the AFDC, Food Stamp, and Medicaid programs. Work in labor economics includes analysis of the labor supply decisions of female heads of family and the labor supply effects of social insurance programs, including Social Security, unemployment insurance, disability insurance, and the U.S. income tax system. Moffitt has examined the pattern of real wages over the business cycle, volatility in the labor market; trends in earnings inequality, and labor mobility. In the area of population economics and demography, Moffitt has estimated models of marriage, cohabitation, female headship, and fertility. Methodological research includes publications on selection bias and limited-dependent variable models, nonlinear budget constraints, panel data, attrition, duration models, and causal modeling and program evaluation.

Moffitt received a bachelor’s degree from Rice University and M.A. and Ph.D. from Brown University. Prior to moving to Johns Hopkins in 1995, he was the Harrison Kravis University Professor at Brown.

The annual W.J. Usery Distinguished Lecture Series, inaugurated in 2005, features leading economists addressing important issues in the American workplace. The series honors former U.S. Secretary of Labor Bill Usery, the Distinguished Executive Fellow in Labor Policy at the Andrew Young School, for his contributions to the well-being of workers and the American workplace during many years of service in government and the private sector.

Previous presenters are Edward Lazear, Janet Currie, David Card, Robert Groves, Claudia Goldin, Katherine Abraham, David Autor, Lisa Lynch, Alan Krueger and Richard Freeman.

For questions, contact Barry Hirsch at bhirsch@gsu.edu


Presentation Video

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