About Timothy Smeeding


Timothy M. “Tim” Smeeding is the Lee Rainwater Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics at the University of Wisconsin. He was the founding director of the Luxembourg Income Study from 1983-2006 and the Luxembourg Wealth Study from 1995-2006. He was director of the Institute for Research on Poverty from 2008–2014. He was awarded a WARF Named Professorship by the University of Wisconsin–Madison, in 2016. He has been a visiting scholar at the Center for the Advance Study in Behavioral Sciences and the Russell Sage Foundation.

Smeeding is a multi-disciplinary scholar with articles that have appeared in the top journals in economics, sociology, political science, policy analysis, demography, social and applied statistics, health care, education and science more generally. His recent work has been on inequality in income wealth and consumption for the same individuals, social and economic mobility across generations, inequality of income, consumption and wealth, a child allowance for the United States, and poverty, especially for children, in national and cross-national contexts.

His recent authored, edited and co-authored books include: SNAP Matters: How Food Stamps Affect Health and Well Being (Stanford University Press, 2015); Monitoring Social Mobility in the 21st Century (Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 2015); From Parents to Children: The Intergenerational Transmission of Advantage (Russell Sage Foundation, 2012); Persistence, Privilege and Parenting: The Comparative Study of Intergenerational Mobility (Russell Sage Foundation, 2011); The Handbook of Economic Inequality (Oxford University Press, 2009) ; The American Welfare State: Laggard or Leader?, (Oxford University Press, 2010); The Future of the Family (Russell Sage Foundation with Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Lee Rainwater, 2004); and Poor Kids in a Rich Country: America’s Children in Comparative Perspective (Russell Sage Foundation, 2003).

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