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Eugene Smolensky

Emeritus Professor of Public Policy

Eugene Smolensky


Eugene Smolensky, an economist, studies welfare policy and the impact of economic and demographic changes on the distribution of income among various social groups. He is a member of the National Academies of Public Administration and of Social Insurance, and serves as Vice President of the International Institute of Public Finance and Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Russell Sage Foundation. He is past editor of the Journal of Human Resources and has served as chair of the Department of Economics and director of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He served as Dean of GSPP from 1988 to 1997.

Areas of Expertise

  • Poverty & Inequality
  • Public Finance
  • Income Distribution
  • Public Finance Welfare Reform

Last updated on 02/04/2019

Selected Publications



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