Assistant Research Professor
Jeannette Wicks-Lim completed her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2005. Wicks-Lim specializes in labor economics with an emphasis on the low-wage labor market and has an overlapping interest in the political economy of race. Her dissertation, Mandated wage floors and the wage structure: Analyzing the ripple effects of minimum and prevailing wage laws, is a study of the overall impact of mandated wage floors on wages. Specifically, she estimates the extent to which mandated wage floors cause wage changes beyond those required by law, either through wage effects that ripple across the wage distribution or spillover to workers that are not covered by the wage mandate. Other recent research includes economic impact studies of minimum wage and living wage proposals. Her current research interest includes the interaction between minimum wage laws and the Earned Income Tax Credit, health effects of anti-poverty policies, and the dynamics of the low-wage labor market. Wicks-Lim regularly contributes to the magazine Dollars and Sense, and many of her articles are featured in Dollars and Sense textbooks. Prior to coming to PERI, Wicks-Lim was a visiting professor at Marlboro College, in Marlboro, Vermont. She has also worked as a research assistant for the Economic Policy Institute and a research associate for Monitoring the Future at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.