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

Hilary Wething is a Ph.D. candidate in Public Policy and Management, with concentrations in Demography and Economics, at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. Her research examines the relationship between economic volatility and labor market policy, household decision-making, and social safety-net programs. Her dissertation investigates the degree to which workers’ employment characteristics affect their earnings volatility and assesses whether public employment policy, such as minimum wage or paid sick leave policy, can mitigate or exacerbate earnings volatility. Wething brings an inter-disciplinary theoretical frame to these questions and conducts quantitative and qualitative research using innovative administrative, survey, and interview data. She has undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Economics from Creighton University and spent three years as a research assistant at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC.

Current Position: 
Jackman-McCourtney Career Development Professor of Public Policy, Pennsylvania State University School of Public Policy and Faculty Associate with PSU’s Population Research Institute
Specializations: 
Applied Labor Market Economics
Social Insurance and Public Assistance Programs
Well-being of Families and Households
Income and Social Inequality
Dissertation title: 
Too much risk? Public Policy, Employment, and Earnings Volatility in Washington State
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 Hill (chair)
Scott Allard
Mark Long
Jennifer Romich (Social Work)
Job Talk Paper Title: 
Local Paid Sick Leave:An Examination of Firms and Workers