Rob Hartley is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist jointly affiliated with the Carsey School of Public Policy and the Columbia School of Social Work. His research focuses on the economic consequences of social policy for low-income families and children. In particular, his work has examined the effects of welfare reform on behavioral labor responses and the intergenerational transmission of dependence. Further, Rob has active research interests in child care assistance and policy evaluation related to alleviating child poverty. His previous experience includes work on a range of safety net programs as a graduate research fellow at the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research. He has an undergraduate degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and a doctorate degree in economics from the University of Kentucky.