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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 La Follette 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