Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Friday, February 5, 2016

AEI president, Smeeding to discuss bipartisan poverty proposals

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La Follette School Professor Timothy Smeeding and Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), will discuss bipartisan anti-poverty proposals from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in the DeLuca Forum at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (Discovery Building).

Brooks, a prominent conservative voice in matters of economic and social policy, will deliver the Institute for Research on Poverty’s New Perspectives in Social Policy lecture on “Markets and the Poor.” Smeeding, the Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics, will respond to Brooks’ presentation.

Brooks is a prolific author on the role of government, fairness, economic opportunity, happiness and the morality of free enterprise. He is also a frequent guest on national television and radio talk shows and has been published widely in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and other media.

Before joining AEI, Brooks was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government at Syracuse University, where he taught economics and social entrepreneurship.

Smeeding, director of the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) from 2008–2014, was the founding director of the Luxembourg Income Study from 1983–2006. His recent work has focused on social and economic mobility across generations, inequality of income, consumption and wealth, and poverty in national and cross-national contexts.

As poverty and inequality have gained renewed traction in public policy discussions, interest in bipartisan anti-poverty measures has grown. The IRP’s New Perspectives in Social Policy Seminarthis year seeks to continue this important discussion on campus. The annual seminar series seeks to reach beyond familiar and well-explored fields of poverty research, to challenge accepted paradigms and open paths to new research models and methodologies.