Posted November 13, 2008
John Fitzgerald’s research focuses on public economics, including the effects of government welfare and anti-poverty programs on family well-being, employment, and marriage and childbearing, in both the United States and New Zealand. He was an honorary fellow at the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Research on Poverty, a center for interdisciplinary research into the causes and consequences of poverty and social inequality in the United States. John has also been an American Statistical Association/Census fellow at the U.S. Bureau of the Census in Washington D.C. and a visiting research fellow at the New Zealand Treasury.
John has been actively involved in addressing poverty issues locally, serving on the board of Coastal Economic Development (now named Midcoast Maine Community Action), a non-profit organization that provides services for the low income population; and working with the Maine Center for Economic Policy, writing a monograph on the working poor in Maine. John is currently a faculty fellow at the McKeen Center for the Common Good and a member of the board for Tedford Housing.
“In a complex modern society, our futures are interdependent. This interdependence means that our positive actions generate benefits that expand as they affect one person then another then another. We enjoy the fruits of these human interactions every day and are naturally obliged to respond by working for the common good.”