Waldfogel

Jane Waldfogel

Compton Foundation Centennial Professor for the Prevention of Children and Youth Problems, Columbia University School of Social Work; and Visiting Professor, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, London School of Economics
Areas of Expertise:
  • Inequality & the Middle Class
  • Antipoverty Policy
  • Family Policies
  • Children & Families
  • Policies in Other Nations

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About Jane

Waldfogel’s work’s main focus is the impact of public policy on child and family well-being. She carries out research on a range of topics including the measurement of poverty, food insecurity, work-family policies, the effects of the Great Recession on parents and children, and inequality in school readiness and school achievement, both within the United States and across countries.

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Publications

"The Effects of California’s Paid Family Leave Program on Mothers’ Leave-Taking and Subsequent Labor Market Outcomes" (with Christopher J. Ruhm and Maya Rossin-Slater). Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 32, no. 2 (2013): 224-245.

Analyzes the effects of California’s paid family leave program and finds that it led to increased leave-taking, particularly among women who had the least access to leave previously.

"Paid Family Leave, Fathers' Leave-Taking, and Leave-Sharing in Dual-Earner Households," (with Christopher J. Ruhm, Ann Bartel, Maya Rossin-Slater, and Jenna Stearns ), National Bureau of Economic Research, November 2015.

Argues that fathers in California are 46 percent (relative to the pre-treatment mean) more likely to take leave in the first year of their children’s lives when that leave is available - but these effects are much larger for fathers of sons than for fathers of daughters, and almost entirely driven by fathers of first-born children and fathers in occupations with a high share of female workers.

Britain’s War on Poverty (Russell Sage Foundation, 2010).
Evaluates Britain’s anti-poverty strategy – which significantly increased single-parent employment, raised incomes for low-income families, and improved child outcomes – focusing on how the British government accomplished this and what the United States can learn from the British experience.
"Inequality in Early Childhood Outcomes" (with Bruce Bradbury, Miles Corak, and Elizabeth Washbrook), in From Parents to Children: The Intergenerational Transmission of Advantage, edited by John Ermisch, Markus Jantti, and Timothy Smeeding (Russell Sage Foundation, 2012), 87-119.
Provides a comparative analysis of inequality in school readiness across four countries – Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, and United States.
"The Safety Net for Families with Children" in Legacies of the War on Poverty, edited by Martha J. Bailey and Sheldon Danziger (Russell Sage Foundation, 2013), 153-178.
Reviews research on the impact of the War on Poverty’s effort to strengthen the social safety net for low-income families, considering programs in three areas: food and nutrition; cash assistance; and income support.
"The Great Recession and the Risk for Child Maltreatment" (with Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and William Schneider). Child Abuse and Neglect 37, no. 10 (2013): 721-729.

Analyzes the effects of the Great Recession and finds that declining consumer confidence was associated with increases in high frequency maternal spanking.

An Equal Start? Providing Quality Early Education and Care for Disadvantaged Children (edited with Ludovica Gambaro and Kitty Stewart) (University of Chicago Press, 2014).

Presents new evidence from a range of countries on how they address the challenge of ensuring that all children – including disadvantaged children – receive high quality early childhood education and care.

In the News

Jane Waldfogel's research on paternity leave discussed in Claire Cain MillerJane Waldfogel, "How Mark Zuckerberg’s Example Helps Fight Stigma of Family Leave," New York Times, December 2, 2015.
Guest to discuss paid parental leave on National Public Radio, Jane Waldfogel, June 19, 2015.
Guest to discuss antipoverty programs on National Public Radio, Jane Waldfogel, September 16, 2015.
Jane Waldfogel quoted on health care sector jobs in Dionne Searcey, Eduardo Porter, and Robert Gebeloff, "Health Care Opens Stable Career Path, Taken Mainly by Women" New York Times, February 22, 2015.
Jane Waldfogel's research on the actual impact of using the Supplemental Poverty Measure discussed in Rob GarverJane Waldfogel, "Economists Say Paul Ryan Misrepresented Their Research," The Fiscal Times, March 4, 2014.
Jane Waldfogel's research on the true measurement of poverty rates in the U.S. discussed in Eduardo PorterJane Waldfogel, "In the War on Poverty, a Dogged Adversary," New York Times, December 17, 2013.
Jane Waldfogel's research on the real effects of the "War on Poverty" (with Christopher Wimer, Liana Fox, Irwin Garfinkel and Neeraj Kaushal) discussed in Zachary A. GoldfarbJane Waldfogel, "Study: U.S. Poverty Rate Decreased over Past Half-Century Thanks to Safety-Net Programs," Washington Post, December 9, 2013.