Press Release United States

Economist Dr. Sylvia Allegretto, Labor and Employment Expert, Joins CEPR Staff

September 07, 2022

Contact: KL Conner, 202-281-4159Mail_Outline

Washington — The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) welcomes Sylvia Allegretto as a Senior Economist. Dr. Allegretto is a highly regarded labor economist, known for her groundbreaking work on the minimum wage, worker pay, and myriad employment issues. But she is equally well-known for presenting data and complicated research results in a manner accessible to the media, economists, policy analysts, students, and lay persons.  

“I am very pleased to welcome Sylvia to CEPR,” said CEPR Co-Director Dr. Eileen Appelbaum. “Sylvia’s work has significantly influenced economists’ views of the labor market and provided fact-based support for wage and employment policies that reduce inequality and increase economic security.”

Previously, Dr. Allegretto was the Co-Chair of the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics at the University of California, Berkeley. She worked for several years at the Economic Policy Institute after receiving her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. 

Dr. Allegretto has published in top-tiered academic journals and has written extensively on topics that include long-term unemployment, family budgets, teacher pay, public employee compensation, low-wage labor markets, inequality, minimum wages, and sub-minimum wages received by tipped workers. Her recent research concerns the growth in MSA-level hospital consolidation and how it has affected the growth in nurse wages. Preliminary results show that less competition in hospital markets has suppressed the growth of nurse wages.

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