Biographical Sketches of Panel Members and Staff
DAVID M.BETSON (Chair) is an associate professor of economics at the University of Notre Dame. His previous positions have been as a visiting scholar at the Joint Center for Poverty Research of the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, a research associate at the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin, and an economist in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. His research examines the effects of governments on the distribution of economic well-being with special reference to the measurement of poverty and the analysis of child support policy. He received a Ph.D. degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
PAUL BUESCHER is the head of the Statistical Services Branch of the State Center for Health Statistics in North Carolina. He oversees branch activities including the production, editing, and analysis of vital statistics data files; analyses of Medicaid, hospital discharge, and county health department patient data files; and publication of many annual reports and special studies of the Center. He serves as project director for both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) and the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) in North Carolina. He is adjunct associate professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health of the University of North Carolina School of Public Health and works with university colleagues to promote
collaborative research agendas. He received a Ph.D. in sociology and demography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
ALICIA CARRIQUIRY is an associate professor of statistics at Iowa State University. She specializes in linear models, Bayesian statistics, and general methods. Her recent research focuses on nutrition and dietary assessment. She is on the Editorial Board of Bayesian Statistics and an editor for Statistical Science. She is currently a member of the Committee on Uses and Interpretations of Dietary Reference Intakes at the Institute of Medicine. She has been elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. She received a Ph.D. in statistics and animal science from Iowa State University.
CONSTANCE F.CITRO is a senior program officer for the Committee on National Statistics. She is a former vice president and deputy director of Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., and was an American Statistical Association/National Science Foundation research fellow at the U.S. Census Bureau. For the committee, she has served as study director for numerous projects, including the Panel on Poverty and Family Assistance, the Panel to Evaluate the Survey of Income and Program Participation, the Panel to Evaluate Microsimulation Models for Social Welfare Programs, and the Panel on Decennial Census Methodology. Her research has focused on the quality and accessibility of large, complex microdata files, as well as analysis related to income and poverty measurement. She is a fellow of the American Statistical Association. She received a B.A. degree from the University of Rochester and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Yale University.
JANET CURRIE is a professor of economics at the University of California, Los Angeles. She was at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an assistant and then associate professor. Her recent work focuses on the effects of welfare programs on poor children. In particular, she has studied the Head Start program and Medicaid. She is a consultant with the Labor and Population group at RAND; a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research; and a faculty associate at the Chicago/Northwestern Poverty Center. She is an editor of the Journal of Labor Economics and on the editorial board of the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the Journal of Health Economics. She received a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University.
JULIE DaVANZO is an economist/demographer who is a senior economist at RAND, where she directs the Center for the Study of the Family in Economic Development and its Population Matters project (whose purpose is to disseminate the policy-relevant findings of population research). She has served as a member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Population and as a member of the Population Research Committee of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She is currently a member of the Committee on National Statistics. She has designed and directed the Malaysian Family Life Surveys (1976, 1988, 2001), a widely used database for the study of demographic and health issues in developing countries. She has also done research on infant feeding, both in the United States and in several developing countries. She received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.
JOHN F.GEWEKE is the Harlan McGregor chair in economic theory at the University of Iowa. He is also a professor of economics and statistics at the University of Iowa. Formerly he was a professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Minnesota and adviser to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. He was the director of the Institute of Statistics and Decision Sciences at Duke University and professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Wisconsin. He is currently a member of the National Research Council’s (NRC) Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education and is a former member of the NRC’s Committee on National Statistics and the Panel on the Demographic and Economic Impacts of Immigration. He is a fellow of the Econometric Society and the American Statistical Association. His research has included time series and Bayesian econometric methods, with applications in macroeconomics and labor economics. He has a B.S. from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota.
DAVID GREENBERG is a professor of economics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is a member of the American Economic Association, the Industrial Relations Research Association, and the Association for Public Policy and Management. He is also a Research Affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin. He has been a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University. He has served on advisory panel’s for several different federally funded research projects including a special U.S. General
Accounting Office Advisory Panel on Computer Matching Cost-Effectiveness Methodology and a Maryland Expert Panel on Drug Abuse Benefits. He has consulted widely for both public- and private-sector organizations and regularly serves as a referee for various academic journals. He received a Ph.D. in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
ROBERT P.INMAN is the Miller-Sherrerd Professor of finance and economics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a professor of economics and law at the Law School of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his appointment as a professor at the Wharton School, he currently serves as a senior fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania, as a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and as a fellow of the Center of Fiscal and Monetary Affairs, part of the Government of Japan. He is an associate editor of two professional research journals, Public Finance Quarterly and Regional Science and Urban Economics. His research has focused on the design and impact of fiscal policies. He was elected a fellow of the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (Stanford, CA; 1992–1993) and the Fulbright professor of economics (2000) at the European University Institute. He received a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.
JAMES LEPKOWSKI is a senior research scientist at the Institute for Social Research and an associate professor of biostatistics at the University of Michigan. He is also a research professor in the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland. He currently directs the University of Michigan’s Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques, while continuing to conduct a variety of survey methodology research. He designs and analyzes a variety of survey samples, including area probability and telephone samples of households in the United States and in developing countries. He actively consults on sample designs for surveys in Africa, Asia, and Europe. The substantive content of most of this work has been health or social conditions, including those that occur infrequently in the population. He received a B.S. in mathematics from Illinois State University and a Ph.D. in biostatistics from the University of Michigan.
JOHN KARL SCHOLZ is a professor of economics and director of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 1997–1998 he was the deputy assistant secretary for tax analysis at the
U.S. Department of the Treasury, and from 1990–1991 he was a senior staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisors. He has written extensively on the earned income tax credit and low-wage labor markets. He also writes on public policy and household saving, charitable contributions, and bankruptcy laws. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He received a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.
CAROL WEST SUITOR is a nutrition consultant working out of Northfleld, Vermont. Currently, she is assisting the March of Dimes’ Task Force for Nutrition and Optimal Human Development. Recently, she assisted the year 2000 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee; studied school children’s diets in conjunction with Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.; and served on the advisory committee for the Harvard School of Public Health’s Dietary Intake, Economic Research Service/U.S. Department of Agriculture grant. A study director for the Institute of Medicine for 8 years, she directed studies of nutritional status during pregnancy and lactation (4 studies); WIC nutrition risk criteria; dietary reference intakes on the B vitamins and choline; and others. At the National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health, Georgetown University, she managed projects on maternal and child nutrition. At Harvard School of Public Health, she worked on the development and testing of instruments for collecting dietary information from low-income women. She currently serves on the IOM Committee on Dietary Risk Assessment in the WIC Program. She has a B.S. degree from Cornell University, an M.S. from the University of California at Berkeley, and Sc.M. and Sc.D. degrees from the Harvard School of Public Health.
MICHELE VER PLOEG (Study Director) is a member of the staff of the Committee on National Statistics. Her research interests include the effects of social policies on families and children, the outcomes of children who experience poverty and changes in family composition, and individuals’ education attainment choices. She received a B.A. in economics from Central College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in consumer economics and housing from Cornell University.