M.S. in Public Policy and Management, University of Washington, 2016
B.S. in Economics and Mathematics, Creighton University, 2011

Hilary Wething is a doctoral candidate and a 2018 Fellow at the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology.  She is interested in understanding the relationship between labor market policy, economic instability, and family and household wellbeing.  One strand of her research uses quantitative methods to estimate how labor market policy affects workers’ economic instability through an examination of the Seattle’s Minimum Wage Ordinance and the Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance. A second strand of her research uses qualitative methods to understand on how individuals perceive and understand public policy and how employment instability affects family and household well-being.  

Hilary Wething entered the PhD program at the Evans School in 2014. She has served a research assistant with the UW Minimum Wage Study; her work has been cited in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Seattle Times, and she has made appearances on media outlets such as NPR, and KOUW. Hilary earned her BS/BA in Mathematics and Economics from Creighton University in 2011 and grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Applied Labor Market Economics
Social Insurance and Public Assistance Programs
Well-being of Families and Households
Income and Social Inequality
Recent Publications: 

“An Introduction to Household Economic Instability and Social Policy,” (with Heather Hill, Jennifer Romich, Marybeth J. Mattingly, Shomon Shamuddin), 2017, Social Service Review, 91(3), 371-389.

Review of Health Care, the Market and Consumer Choice.” (with Elise Gould), 2013. Inquiry. Vol. 50, No. 1, Pp. 85-86.

Dissertation Committee Members: 
Heather D. Hill (chair)
Scott W. Allard
Mark C. Long
Jennifer Romich (School of Social Work)