The Alleviation of Poverty: How Far Have We Come?

WCPC Seminar Series on Poverty and Public Policy: Fall 2011

Presented by Robert Plotnick
Professor of Public Affairs
University of Washington
Monday, October 10, 2011;  12:30 - 1:30, questions / discussion and reception until 2:15 p.m.
Parrington Hall Commons, Room 308
University of Washington


Robert D. Plotnick joined the Evans School faculty in 1984, and currently serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He teaches courses in economic analysis and social welfare policy. His research primarily focuses on poverty, income inequality, income support policy, and related social policy issues.

Plotnick also is an adjunct professor in the University of Washington's Department of Economics and a research affiliate with: the West Coast Poverty Center, the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology at the UW, and the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin. Plotnick's current research projects address the effects of being childless on the health and economic well-being of the elderly and differences in poverty among single parent male and female headed families.

He has been a visiting scholar at Cornell University, the Russell Sage Foundation, the University of New South Wales and the London School of Economics, and served as director of UW's Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology from 1997-02. He previously served on the faculty at Bates College from 1975-77, and Dartmouth College from 1977-84.

Plotnick holds a Ph.D. and MA in economics from University of California, Berkeley, and BA in mathematics from Princeton University.

You can view his c.v. here.


In a forthcoming book chapter, WCPC Affiliate and Professor of Public Affairs Robert Plotnick provides an overview of trends in poverty since the beginning of the “War on Poverty” in the mid-1960s, evaluates the economic, social, and policy factors driving those trends, and discusses several policy options that could reduce poverty in the future.

See the Flash published on this work here.


See the slides from this presentation here.