Research Colloquium: Dr. Leonard Miller on "The Microeconomics of Social Welfare Programs: Client Need and the Provision of Care"

Colloquium | January 31 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Commons/116

 Social Welfare, School of

This talk attempts to develop the analytics describing of occurrence of client need and the process of a program attending to this need. This analytic description of a care program summarizes the efforts made and the consequences of those efforts to return a client to a previous functioning level. Also discussed are the methods used to estimate the parameters of the program.

Emeritus Professor Leonard Miller received a BA and PHD in economics from Berkeley. During graduate school he spent a year working as Professor Andrias Papandreau’s research assistant at the Center for Economic Research in Athens, Greece; Professor Papandreau went on to become the Prime Minister of Greece. He wrote his doctoral thesis under Professor Roy Radner and did a post doc working with him on Clark Kerr’s Carnegie Commission’s analysis of higher education in the United States. Their study was a book titled “Demand and Supply in U.S. Higher Education”. He taught two years in the Economics department at Stony Brook, NY, and then moved back to Berkeley as an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Welfare. Milton Chernin, the Dean of the School of Social Welfare, gave him the assignment of telling the field what economics had to contribute to it. His major studies at Berkeley covered the In-Home Supportive Services program, which at the time cost about a billion dollars a year, and the Multipurpose Senior Services Project in California. Professor Bob Pruger and he wrote many articles attempting to cast an economic framework onto social service programs. He was a major consultant in the “tobacco wars”, both for the principal state lawsuit and for the Federal suit against the tobacco companies. He retired from the School in 2003, and then spent some time working on Assertive Community Treatment programs for the severe mentally ill, which were established from California’s Proposition 63, in 2003. Again a billion dollar program. He is presently writing a book with the tentative title “The Microeconomics of Social Welfare Programs”. His talk will model the dynamic functioning of programs that provide care services to alleviate client needs.