Timothy M. Smeeding

Distinguished Fellow, Class of 2023

Timothy M. (Tim) Smeeding is the Lee Rainwater Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics at the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 1983-2006, he was the founding director of the Luxembourg Income Study, and from 2008–2014 he was director of the Institute for Research on Poverty at UW Madison. Dr. Smeeding is currently chairing the National Academies of Science consensus study panel on an integrated system on statistics to compare the income, consumption, and wealth for the same people.

Dr. Smeeding is a multi-disciplinary scholar with articles that have appeared in the top journals in economics, sociology, political science, policy analysis, demography, social and applied statistics, health care, education and science more generally. His recent work has been on inequality in income wealth and consumption for the same individuals, social and economic mobility across generations, inequality of income, consumption and wealth, a child allowance for the United States, and most recently racial differences in debt and wealth accumulation.

Among other accolades, Dr. Smeeding is the 2017 John Kenneth Galbraith Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He recently won the 2022 Roger Herriot Award for Innovation in Federal Statistics, and the 2022 University of Wisconsin Hilldale Award in the Social Sciences . He has also been a visiting scholar at the Center for the Advance Study in Behavioral Sciences and the Russell Sage Foundation.

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