Research Economist and CWED Co-Chair
Institute for Research on Labor & Employment
University of California, Berkeley
2521 Channing Way, No. 5555
Berkeley, CA 94720-5555
Phone: (510) 643-7080
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 Researcher on Labor and Employment. Dr. 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 DC 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. 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. Sylvia 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.
UC Berkeley story on Dr. Allegretto
- "Waiting for Change: The Two Tiered Wage Floor System"
75 Years of the Fair Labor Standards Act, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington DC. November 15, 2013
- "The Wrecking Ball: Post-Great Recession Blues"
11th Teamsters Canada Convention, Quebec City, Canada. July 2, 2013
- "Waiting for Change: The $2.13 Sub-minimum Wage"
U.S. Senate HELP Committee Briefing, Washington, DC. June 21th 2013
- "The Great Recession and Youth Unemployment: Evidence from the United States"
University of Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy. October 18, 2012
- "Do Minimum Wages Really Reduce Teen Employment? Evidence from the United States"
University of Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy. October 16, 2012
- "Economic Inequality: Causes, Consequences & Solutions"
UC Berkeley Teach-in, April 4, 2012
- "The American Dream: Fraying of the Folklore"
San Francisco Chapter of the National Association of Business Economics. February 29, 2012
- "Right-to-Work Legislation and Promises of Job Creation"
Labor and Employment Relations Association 64th Annual Meeting, January 7, 2012
- "It's the Economy Stupid" ,
California Federation of Teachers PLUCC Training, October 28th, 2011
- "Post-Industrial Rural Communities Myths, Realities, and the Unknown"
Federal Reserve Division of Community Affairs DC, October 20, 2011
- "Stuff You Should Know" ,
Council 57 Leadership Conference,
September 23, 2011
- "Waiting for Change: The $2.13 Sub-Minimum Wage"
Western Economic Association International 86th Annual Conference, June 29th, 2011
- "The Great Recession"
IRLE Colloquium Series, September 27, 2010