Curries ground breaking book The Invisible Safety Net: Protecting the Nation's Poor Children and Families (2006) highlights both the importance and the fragility of this safety net, arguing that, while not perfect, it is essential to fighting poverty. Currie writes how America's safety net is threatened by growing budget deficits and by an erroneous public belief that antipoverty programs for children do not work and are riddled with fraud. By unearthing new empirical data, Currie makes the case that social programs for families with children are actually remarkably effective.
Janet Currie is a professor of economics and Chair of the Department of Economics at Columbia University. For the past decade, her research has focused on evaluating programs aimed at poor children and families. Currie has served on several National Academy of Sciences panels including the Committee on Population, and on the Executive Committee of the American Economics Association. She has also served as a consultant for the National Health Interview Survey and the National Longitudinal Surveys. Currie is currently a Fellow for the Society of Labor Economists, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, an affiliate of the University of Michigans National Poverty Center, and an affiliate of IZA in Bonn. Professor Currie is a member on the advisory board of the National Childrens Study and on the editorial board of the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Health Economics, the Journal of Labor Economics, and the Journal of Public Economics.
Janet Curries Athenaeum appearance is sponsored by the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children.