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Timothy Smeeding

Timothy Smeeding

Expert on social and economic mobility across generations; inequality of income, consumption and wealth; and poverty in national and cross-national contexts.

Lee Rainwater Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics, Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs LaFollette School of Public Affairs College of Letters and Science Work: 608-890-1317 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • Poverty and income inequality, income transfers, and tax policy
  • Public policy, especially social policy and at-risk populations
  • Health economics
  • Child poverty, low-income men, and their role as fathers
  • Measuring poverty and social mobility across generations


  • John Kenneth Galbraith Fellow, American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, 2017
  • Luxembourg Income Study, founding director, 1983–2006
  • WARF Named Professorship, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2016