Work and Livable Lives Conference - Spring 2012


Working and Living in the Shadow of Economic Fragility, edited by Marion Crain and Michael Sherraden, is being published by Oxford University Press (forthcoming Jan. 2014).

February 27-28, 2012

Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (Room 310)

All events are open to the public -- registration is not required to attend. 

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Keynote Speaker:

JARED BERNSTEIN - Senior Fellow of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; former Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, executive director of the White House Task Force on the Middle Class, and a member of President Obama’s economic team.

Monday, February 27 

8:00 a.m.     Registration  

8:20-8:30 a.m.    


8:30-9:30 a.m.

Welcome by Kent Syverud, Dean of the School of Law  

Conference Introduction by Michael Sherraden and Marion Crain 

Opening Plenary Session  video
Dorian Warren (Columbia University)
Inequality, Economic Crisis, and the Future of American Democracy 

9:30-9:45 a.m.     Break
9:45-11:30 a.m. 

Panel #1:  video
Strains in the Macroeconomy and Household Financial Fragility

Chair: Steve Fazzari
Steve Fazzari (WU Economics) and 
Barry Cynamon (WU Economics, co-author)
Melissa Jacoby (UNC, Law)
Discussant: Ray Boshara (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis) 

11:30-12:45 p.m.  Lunch Break
1:00-2:15 p.m. 

Panel #2:  video
Toward Better Measures of Economic Security

: Itai Sened
Itai Sened (WU Political Science), co-author: Gyanesh Lama
Yunju Nam (SUNY Buffalo), co-authors:  S. McMahon & Y. Lee

2:15-2:30 p.m.       Break
2:30-4:15 p.m. 

Panel #3:  video
The American Dream

Chair: Mark Rank
Mark Rank (WU Social Work)
Lane Kenworthy (Arizona)
Joe Soss (Minnesota) 

4:15-4:30 p.m.       Break
4:30-6:00 p.m.  Keynote Address:  video
Jared Bernstein
Rebuilding An Opportunity Society: The Roles of Policy and Power
  Reception Immediately Following
Janite Lee Reading Room, Anheuser-Busch Hall (Library - 4th floor) 


Tuesday, February 28 

8:15 a.m.                   Registration 
8:30-10:15 a.m. 

Panel #4:  video
Labor and Employment Policy: Wealth Redistribution and Job Supports

Chair:  Marion Crain 
Marion Crain (WU Law)
Ken Matheny (Social Security Administration, co-author)
Gillian Lester (Berkeley)
Susan Lambert (Chicago)
10:15-10:30 a.m.  Break
10:30-12:15 p.m.  Panel #5:  video
Health Policy and Employment

: Tim McBride
Tim McBride (WU Social Work) 
Anthony LoSasso (Chicago) 
Sharon Long (Minnesota) 
Respondent:  Robert Hughes (Missouri Foundation for Health) 
12:30-1:30 p.m.  Lunch Break
1:30-3:15 p.m. 

Closing Plenary Session  video
Employment Policy: Job Creation 

Michael Lind (New America Foundation)
The Challenges of Job Creation
Respondent: Michael Sherraden (WU Social Work)

  Conclusion of Conference 


Co-sponsored by the law school’s Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Work & Social Capital; the Brown School's Center for Social Development; Center for New Institutional Social Sciences; the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government & Public Policy; Arts & Sciences American Culture Studies; Brown School Policy Forum; and the Office of the Provost - Washington University.  In partnership with the Next Social Contract Initiative at New America Foundation.