Jane Waldfogel

Columbia University, USA, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor role

Author, Topic spokesperson


Parental leave, Family leave, Childcare, Early childhood education, Educational inequalities, Achievement gaps, Poverty, Measuring poverty


United States


English - Native speaker, French - Non-native speaker, German - Non-native speaker

Media experience

Print, Digital, Television, Radio



Current position

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


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).