Labor Economist and Co-Chair of the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics
University of California, Berkeley
Sylvia Allegretto is a labor economist and co-chair of the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics at the University of California, Berkeley. CWED is a research center housed at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. Allegretto received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder and worked for several years at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., where she is currently a research associate. Allegretto co-authored several editions of The State of Working America, and she most recently authored The State of Working America’s Wealth (2011).
Her research interests 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. Allegretto closely tracks a myriad of economic statistics with particular interest in the labor market and how typical workers are faring. She is often called upon by media outlets to provide commentary and contextualize economic data and trends.
- 2017, Effects of the new wave of minimum wage policies, $68,000