How to Respond to Wage Inequality

Monday, October 5, 2015 - 3:00 pm
Event Type: 


Great Hall, Memorial Union


5 Oct 2015, 8:00 pm

Contact Person: 

Orazem, Peter F.


How to Respond to Wage Inequality
Heidi Shierholz is the Chief Economist at the US Department of Labor. She was previously with the Economic Policy Institute, where she coauthored two editions of  The State of Working America.  She has researched and spoken widely on the economy and economic policy as it affects middle- and low-income families, especially with regard to unemployment, labor force participation, compensation, income and wealth inequality, young workers, and the minimum wage, and she has repeatedly been called to testify in Congress. Shierholz is a frequent contributor to ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and NPR; and is regularly quoted in print and online media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Huffington Post.   She received an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan, an M.S. in Statistics from Iowa State University, and a B.A. in Mathematics from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.