Lee Rainwater Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics
Robert M. LaFollete School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Timothy M. (Tim) Smeeding is the Lee Rainwater Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economic at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was director of the Institute for Research on Poverty from 2008–2014. He was the founding director of the Luxembourg Income Study from 1983-2006.
Professor Smeeding’s recent work has been on social and economic mobility across generations, inequality of income, consumption and wealth, and poverty in national and cross-national contexts.
His 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); Poor Kids in a Rich Country: America’s Children in Comparative Perspective(Russell Sage Foundation, 2003); and The American Welfare State: Laggard or Leader?, (Oxford University Press, 2010).
Smeeding holds a B.A. in Economics from Canisius College, an M.A. in Economics from the University of Connecticut, and M. S. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.