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VELA: Brown Bag with Dr. Kristin Mammen

Tuesday, November 29

2:30 - 4 pm

The Verrazano Lounge (1A-304)

Every year, Verrazano is hosts VELAs featuring faculty members talking about their work and the journey they took to get where they are now. So whether you are interested in the field, the professor, or just interacting with a faculty in a much more informal setting, these talks are fun!

Kristin Mammen studies the economic well-being of women and children, in both developing and developed countries. Historically, women's economic autonomy has been hindered by gender discrimination and by their unique role in childbearing. Although women have made great strides in the labor market, their economic well-being is still largely determined by their husbands’ economic status, or the lack of a husband’s income if they are not married. Similarly, children’s economic well-being is determined by their parent’s financial resources. Understanding the role of the family in creating and marshalling economic resources therefore provides critical insights to social scientists and policymakers working to improve the lot of women and children in society. Dr. Mammen has used micro data to study a range of family constellations in a variety of settings, including polygamous and extended families in Africa, and nuclear, father-absent, and older-couple families in the United States.

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