Group for the Workshop to Assess the Current Status of Actions Taken in Response to Measuring Poverty: A New Approach; the Panel on Estimates of Poverty for Small Geographic Areas; the Panel on Evaluation of USDA’s Methodology for Estimating Eligibility and Participation for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program, for which he served as chair; the Panel on Poverty and Family Assistance; and the Panel to Evaluate Micro simulation Models for Social Welfare Programs. He is currently serving on two additional National Academy of Sciences panels: the Panel on Redesign of the BLS Consumer Expenditure Survey and the Panel on Measuring Medical Care Risk in Conjunction with the New Supplemental Income Poverty Measure. In 2004, he was designated a lifetime national associate of the National Academies. Dr. Betson’s research has dealt with the impact of tax and transfer programs on the economy and the distribution of income. A particular research interest is child support policy, on which he has written academic papers and consulted with numerous state governments regarding the development of their child support guidelines. In 2007, he was appointed to the Washington State Commission on the Review of Child Support Guidelines. Dr. Betson has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
MARIANNE P. BITLER is an associate professor of economics at the University of California, Irvine, and a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, Children’s Program and Health Economics Program. She is also a faculty affiliate in demographic and social analysis at the University of California, Irvine; a visiting scholar at the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank; and a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, Germany. Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow and then an economist at the RAND Corporation, a research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, and an economist on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in the Division of Research and Statistics (where she worked on the Survey of Small Business Finances). Her research interests include labor economics, health economics, public economics, and applied microeconomics. Her publications include several on participation in WIC, which appeared in the Journal of Human Resources, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, the Review of Agricultural Economics, and the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Dr. Bitler holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
F. JAY BREIDT is professor and chair in the Department of Statistics at Colorado State University. Previously, he spent nearly 10 years in the Department of Statistics at Iowa State University, starting as an assistant