Jeffrey B. Wenger

Jeffrey B. Wenger
Senior Economist; Director of the Lowy-Family Middle-class Pathways Center


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

Media Resources

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Jeffrey B. Wenger (he/his) is a senior policy researcher and director of the RAND Lowy Family Middle-Class Pathways Center (MCPC). As director of the Middle-Class Pathways Center he works with RAND researchers and other scholars documenting the challenges of remaining in the middle class and focusing on the most pressing needs to expand growth opportunities for the middle class. His current research examines the effects of working conditions on remaining in the labor force, and helping military personnel transition into the civilian labor force. He is currently working with to examine the costs of providing flexible work arrangements and better working conditions to workers. He is also investigating the proportion of unemployed who have a criminal history record. He is a nationally known expert in unemployment insurance. From 2003 to 2015 Wenger was an assistant and then associate professor at the University of Georgia. 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

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: The Big Bid Theory podcast; ERE Daily; Government Executive; KCUR-FM; Newsy; NPR