Consumption, Income, and the Well-Being of Families and Children

May 4-5, 2006
Washington, DC.

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Thursday May 4

9:00-10:00: Continental Breakfast

10:00-10:15: Introductions and Overview of the Conference

10:15-11:55: Session 1
Chair: Rebecca Blank, University of Michigan

10:15-11:05: From Micro to Macro, from Poor to Rich: Consumption and Income in the UK and the US Orazio P. Attanasio, Erich Battistin, and Andrew Leicester
Discussant: Chris Carroll, Johns Hopkins University

11:05-11:55: An Assessment of the Income and Expenses of America’s Low-Income Families Using Survey Data from the National Survey of America’s Families. Gregory Acs and Austin Nichols
Discussant: Patricia Ruggles, National Academy of Sciences

11:55-1:20: Lunch

1:20-3:00 Session 2
Chair: Donald Oellerich, Department of Health and Human Services, ASPE

1:20-2:10: Income, Consumption, and Well-Being Among Poor Elderly. Kerwin Charles, Sheldon Danziger, Laurie Pounder, Bob Schoeni
Discussant: Susann Rohwedder, RAND Corporation

2:10-3:00: Poverty in the U.S. Based on NAS Recommendations: Income and Expenditures Thesia I. Garner, Kathleen Short
Discussant: Gary Burtless, Brookings Institution

3:00-3:20: Break

3:20-5:00 Session 3
Chair: John Iceland, University of Maryland

3:20-4:10: Studying Consumption with the Panel Study of Income Dynamics: Comparisons with the Consumer Expenditure Survey and an Application to the Intergenerational Transmission of Well-being. Kerwin Charles, Sheldon Danziger, Geng Li, Bob Schoeni
Discussant: Susan Mayer, University of Chicago

4:10-5:00: Assessing Parental Expenditures on Children in Low-Income, Ethnically Diverse and Immigrant Families. Julieta Lugo-Gil and Hirokazu Yoshikawa
Discussant: Ron Haskins, Brookings Institution

5:00-6:00: Reception

Friday May 5

8:00-9:00: Continental Breakfast

9:00-12:00 Session 4
Chair: John Weicher, The Hudson Institute

9:00-9:50: Three Decades of Consumption and Income Poverty. Bruce Meyer and Jim Sullivan
Discussant: Steven Haider, Michigan State University

9:50-10:40: Welfare Reform and Family Expenditures: How are Single Mothers Adapting to the New Welfare and Work Regime? Neeraj Kaushal, Columbia University; Qin Gao, Fordham University; Jane Waldfogel, Columbia University
Discussant: Robert Rector, Heritage Foundation

10:40-11:10: Break

11:10-12:00: The Retirement Consumption Conundrum: Evidence from a Consumption Survey. Jonathan Fisher, David S. Johnson, Joseph Marchand, Timothy M. Smeeding, and Barbara Boyle Torrey
Discussant: Jonathan Skinner, Dartmouth College

12:00-1:20: Lunch

1:20-3:00: Session 5
Chair: Sheldon Danziger, University of Michigan

2:10-3:00: How Well Can We Measure the Well-Being of the Poor Using Food Expenditure? Tom DeLeire and Helen Levy
Discussant: Sanders Korenman, Baruch College

2:10-3:00: Over-Spending: Who, How, and Why? Kerwin Charles, Geng Li, and Bob Schoeni
Discussant: Mel Stephens, Carnegie Mellon University

3:00-3:30: Closing comments and Discussion
Robert Schoeni, University of Michigan