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Lisa Gennetian

Research Professor

Dr. Gennetian's research portfolio straddles a variety of areas concerning child poverty from income security and stability, early care and education, and children’s development, with a lens toward causal mechanisms. Her work with Dr. Eldar Shafir “The Persistence of Poverty in the Context of Economic Instability: A Behavioral Perspective,” describes a behavioral framework for poverty programs and policy. In 2015 Dr. Gennetian launched the beELL initiative; applying insights from behavioral economics to design strategies to support parent engagement in, and enhance the impacts of, early childhood interventions. She is co-PI on a large multi-site randomized control study of a monthly unconditional cash transfer to low-income mothers of infants, co-PI directing work on poverty and economic self-sufficiency at the National Center for Research on Hispanic Families and Children; and, has served as an Associate Editor of Child Development since 2012.

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Selected Publications

  • Gennetian, L., R. Seshadri, N. Hess, A. Winn, and R. Goerge (2016). SNAP Benefit Cycles and School Disciplinary Infractions. Social Services Review. News coverage on April 5, 2012, on The Takeaway and BBC radio.
  • Gennetian, L. and E. Shafir (2015). The Persistence of Poverty in the Context of Financial Instability: A Behavioral Perspective. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 34(4): 904-36.
  • Gennetian, L., S. Wolf, P. Morris and H. Hill (2015). Intra-year Household Income Dynamics and Adolescent School Behavior. Demography 52(2): 455-83.
  • Gennetian, L., J. Ludwig, L. Sanbonmatsu and T. McDade (2013). Why Concentrated Poverty Matters. Pathways Magazine. Spring Issue. Stanford University: Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality.
  • Crosby, D., C. Dowsett, L. Gennetian, and A. Huston (2010). The Effects of Center-Based Care on the Problem Behavior of Low-Income Children with Working Mothers. Developmental Psychology. 46(5): 1030-48.
  • Gennetian, L. A., N. Castells, and P. Morris (2010) Meeting the Basic Needs of Children: Does Income Matter? National Poverty Center Working Paper No. 2009-11. Gennetian, L.A., T. Leventhal and S. Newman (eds) special issue of Children and Youth Services Review 32(9): 1138-48