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Irwin Garfinkel

Mitchell I. Ginsberg Professor of Contemporary Urban Problems in the Faculty of Social Work
School: 
Social Work
Office: 
Room 714
Email: 
ig3@columbia.edu
Phone: 
212-851-2383
Biography

Irwin Garfinkel is the Mitchell I. Ginsberg Professor of Contemporary Urban Problems and co-founding director of the Columbia Population Research Center (CPRC). Of the 37 population research centers funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), CPRC is the only one to have been founded within a school of social work. Its signature area is children, youth, and families. Previously, Professor Garfinkel was the director of the Institute for Research on Poverty (1975-1980) and the School of Social Work (1982-1984) at the University of Wisconsin.

Between 1980 and 1990, he was the principal investigator of the Wisconsin child support study. His research on child support and welfare influenced legislation in Wisconsin and other American states, the U.S. Congress, Great Britain, Australia, and Sweden.

In 1996, Professor Garfinkel, in conjunction with his wife, Sara McLanahan, the William S. Tod Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University. initiated the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study. Nearly 5,000 children in 20 large American cities were enrolled in the study at birth and are now adolescents. A recent study found that harsh parenting increased in the wake of the Great Recession.

Professor Garfinkel received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. A social worker and an economist by training, he has authored or co-authored over 200 scientific articles and 16 books and edited volumes on poverty, income transfers, program evaluation, single parent families and child support, and the welfare state, including, most recently, Wealth and Welfare States: Is America Laggard or Leader?

Research & Other Works
Article
Child Care in the Wake of Welfare Reform: The Impact of Government Subsidies on the Economic Well-Being of Single-Mother Families
Article
Improving the Measurement of Poverty
Report
The Great Recession and Mother’s Health
Report
Child support enforcement and fathers' contributions to their nonmarital children
Report
Unmarried fathers' earnings trajectories: does partnership status matter?
Report
Incarceration and support for children in fragile families
Report
Wealth and welfare states : what is the real story?
Report
The effect of paternal incarceration on material hardship
Report
Beyond absenteeism : father incarceration and child development
 
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