David T. Ellwood and Ron Haskins


The Institute for Policy Research is pleased to present the

2006-07 IPR Distinguished Public Policy Lecture

“Ten Years After Welfare Reform: Who Was Right, What Have We Learned, and Where Do We Need to Go Next?”

David T. Ellwood

David T. Ellwood
Dean, John F. Kennedy School of Government
Scott M. Black Professor of Political Economy
Harvard University

Ron Haskins

Ron Haskins
Co-Director, Center on Children and Families, and
Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Senior Consultant, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Monday, April 23, 2007
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

McCormick Tribune Center Forum
1870 Campus Drive
Evanston Campus

The event is free of charge and open to the public.

It has been 10 years since the federally funded Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) was repealed and replaced with state block grants through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The Institute for Policy Research, which supports ongoing research in this area, invites you to a special event where two of the nation’s pre-eminent thinkers and actors in welfare reform legislation and implementation will share their perspectives on the program a decade later and reflect on its future.

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David T. Ellwood

David T. Ellwood, Scott M. Black Professor of Political Economy, has served as dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government since July 2004. He was previously assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) where he served as co-chair of President Clinton’s Working Group on Welfare Reform, Family Support, and Independence. At HHS, Ellwood played a key role in the administration’s development and implementation of critical social policy.

Recognized as one of the nation’s leading scholars on poverty and welfare, Ellwood has been credited with significantly influencing public policy in the United States and abroad. He is a labor economist who also specializes in family change, low pay, and unemployment. His most recent research focuses on the changing structure of American families.

He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Welfare Realities: From Rhetoric to Reform (Harvard University Press, 1996), co-authored with Mary Jo Bane, and Poor Support: Poverty in the American Family (Basic Books, 1988), which was named a notable book by The New York Times Book Review for that year.

Ellwood is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the recipient of the David N. Kershaw Award, given to outstanding individuals under the age of 40 who have made a distinguished contribution to the field of public policy. He also received the Morris and Edna Zale Award for Outstanding Distinction in Scholarship and Public Service from Stanford University

Ron Haskins

Ron Haskins is a senior fellow in the Economic Studies Program and co-director of the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution and a senior consultant at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In 2002, he was a senior White House advisor to President George W. Bush for welfare policy.

Prior to joining Brookings and Casey, he spent 14 years on the staff of the House Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee, first as welfare counsel to the Republican staff, then as the subcommittee’s staff director. Haskins was the editor of the 1996, 1998, and 2000 editions of the “Green Book,” a 1,600-page compendium of the nation’s social programs published by the House Ways and Means Committee that analyzes domestic policy issues including health care, poverty, and unemployment.

He is the author of Work Over Welfare: The Inside Story of the 1996 Welfare Reform Law (Brookings, 2006), and the co-editor of several books, including Welfare Reform and Beyond: The Future of the Safety Net (Brookings, 2002), and The New World of Welfare (Brookings, 2001).

In 1997, Haskins was selected by the National Journal as one of the 100 most influential people in the federal government. In 2000, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, and in 2005 the American Public Human Services Association presented him with the President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Human Services.


Please contact Patricia Reese at 847-491-8712 or e-mail her at p-reese@northwestern.edu for more information about the lecture.