Sylvia Allegretto, labor economist, Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics
Sylvia Allegretto is a labor economist and co-director of the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics, which is housed at UC Berkeley's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Prior to CWED she worked at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC, where she co-authored several editions of The State of Working America.
She continues to be a research associate at EPI. Her research interests include minimum wages and sub-minimum wages received by tipped workers along with long-term unemployment, teacher pay, public employee compensation, low-wage labor markets, and inequality. Allegretto closely tracks the economy with particular interest in typical workers and how they are faring. She is frequently called upon by media outlets to provide commentary and contextualize economic data and trends.