Jane Waldfogel

Jane Waldfogel is the Compton Foundation Centennial Professor at Columbia University School of Social Work and a visiting professor at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics.

Waldfogel received her Ph.D. in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is currently completing a book on inequality in child outcomes in the US, UK, Australia, and Canada.

Her other current research includes studies of child care, family leave, and other work-family policies, fragile families and child well-being, and improving the measurement of poverty.

Her previous books include:

  • Britain’s War on Poverty (Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2010)
  • What Children Need (Harvard University Press, 2006)
  • The Future of Child Protection (Harvard University Press, 1998)
  • Securing the Future: Investing in Children from Birth to Adulthood (Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2000). 

She is also the author of over 100 articles, in leading academic journals including the American Economic Review, American Educational Research Journal, American Sociological Review, Child Development, Demography, Economic Journal, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Population Economics, Monthly Labor Review, and Pediatrics.