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Sylvia Allegretto, labor economist, Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics

Sylvia Allegretto

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, and is also a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC. Allegretto has co-authored several editions of The State of Working America and most recently authored The State of Working America’s Wealth, 2011. Her research interests include long-term unemployment, teacher pay, public employee compensation, low-wage labor markets, inequality, minimum wages and sub-minimum wages received by tipped workers. 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.

Posts by Sylvia Allegretto

10-2-14Business & Economics: What's on your mind?One step up and two steps back
8-26-13Business & Economics: What's on your mind?The unfinished march toward a decent minimum wage
8-13-13Business & Economics: What's on your mind?Here is a tip–tips aren’t always tips
2-12-13Business & Economics: What's on your mind?Austerity: Kind of a drag
9-12-12Business & Economics: What's on your mind?Slip slidin’ away
8-31-12Business & Economics: What's on your mind?This labor day … waiting for change
7-16-12Business & Economics: What's on your mind?The wrecking ball
12-5-11Business & Economics: What's on your mind?The few, the proud, the very rich
10-17-11Business & Economics: What's on your mind?Social Security — A pillar of retirement income
9-22-11Business & Economics: What's on your mind?The fallout from the Great Recession continues
9-2-11Business & Economics: What's on your mind?Jobs outlook not pretty this Labor Day