Jeffrey B. Wenger
Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Wenger conducts research on the role of social policy in the U.S. labor market. He focuses his academic research on two areas: 1) unemployment insurance and 2) retirement savings and investments. Wenger’s unemployment insurance research investigates whether unemployment insurance finances alter benefit generosity, and the effect of the bureaucracy on benefit receipt. He has consulted with a number of state-level departments of labor, the Joint Economic Committee of Congress, the House Ways and Means committee, and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee on unemployment insurance policy.
Wenger has conducted interviews about his research with outlets such as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, National Public Radio, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and similar publications. A collection of his opinion pieces is provided below.