by Janet Currie, Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University and Co-Director of Princeton's Center for Health and Wellbeing
Distinguished Public Policy Lectures
For more than 20 years, IPR’s Distinguished Public Policy Lectures have been a forum for preeminent thinkers to discuss the most relevant policy topics facing their time. Lecturers hail from either the academic or policy worlds, but tend to have experience in both.
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Matthew Desmond, the Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology at Princeton University and author of the Pulitzer Prize winner Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, shared as part of the IPR@50 conference some of the latest results from his Eviction Lab, which created the first-ever national database of eviction records.
Jocelyn Samuels, the executive director of the LGBT-focused Williams Institute at UCLA’s School of Law, spoke about how social science research can have an impact on LGBT health and policy issues.
Arthur C. Brooks, former president of the conservative think tank the American Enterprise Institute, discussed how political polarization threatens not only the public discourse but America’s social fabric.
Fay Lomax Cook, then-assistant director of the National Science Foundation and IPR fellow and former director, spoke about the NSF’s “10 Big Ideas” regarding the future of work in America, including dealing with data collection, climate change, and advances in genetic science.
In her book, $2.00 A Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, Kathryn Edin illuminates a troubling trend: a low-wage labor market that increasingly fails to deliver a living wage, and a growing but hidden landscape of survival strategies among America's extreme poor.