Jane Waldfogel

Columbia University, USA, and IZA, Germany

I’m pleased to be a part of this project. I hope that policymakers and academics will find World of Labor a useful way to learn about the state of the research on a wide range of issues

IZA World of Labor role

Author, Topic spokesperson

Current position

Professor, Columbia University School of Social Work (since 1995)

Research interest

The impact of public policies on child and family well-being, poverty, inequality, and social mobility


PhD Public Policy, Harvard University, 1994

Selected publications

  • Too Many Children Left Behind: The US Achievement Gap in Comparative Perspective. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2015.

  • Britain’s War on Poverty. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2010.

  • What Children Need. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2006.

  • Securing the Future: Investing in Children from Birth to College. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2000 (with S. Danziger).

  • “Early years policy.” Child Development Research (2011): 1–12 (with E. Washbrook).