Jeffrey B. Wenger

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Senior Policy Researcher
Santa Monica Office

Education

Ph.D. in policy analysis, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; B.A. in mathematics, University of California, Santa Cruz

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Overview

Jeffrey Wenger is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. His current research examines the effects of working conditions on remaining in the labor force, and the transitions of military personnel into the civilian labor force. He is also leading a project on long-term unemployment among late-career workers. From 2003 to 2015 Wenger was an assistant and then associate professor at the University of Georgia where he taught econometrics, statistics, economics, and policy evaluation. From 2013 to 2015 he was also an NIH/NIA Research Fellow in the Study of Aging at RAND in Santa Monica. Wenger's primary expertise is in unemployment insurance; he has published studies in the areas of UI financing, automatic triggers for extending UI benefits, and the role of information on UI application rates. Wenger is also interested in issues of retirement and the role of business cycles on retirement savings. He has published research on the asynchronicity of stock and labor markets and its effects on retirement savings and research on preference heterogeneity and its role on savings rates and borrowing options in defined contribution plans. He received his Ph.D. in policy analysis from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Faculty Fellow, School of Public Affairs, American University, Washington DC

Commentary

  • Audience members cheer during a union rally for higher minimum wages in New York City, New York, January 4, 2016

    Working for $7.25 an Hour: Exploring the Minimum Wage Debate

    Critics of raising the minimum wage argue that proponents are ignoring the laws of supply and demand, that it would generate unemployment. Recent theory suggests that increasing wages results in higher quality workers entering the market and improving the quality of the employee-employer match, raising productivity and lowering turnover.

    Sep 1, 2016 The RAND Blog

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