PhD Candidate in Sociology, Harvard University
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Areas of Expertise & Civic InvolvementsWilmers studies the causes and consequences of rising U.S. income inequality. By using the tools of economic sociology, his ongoing research links big changes in the U.S. economy and U.S. economic policy to rising wage inequality. Prior to graduate school, he worked on labor issues at the National Labor Relations Board and as a research analyst at the AFL-CIO.
"Can High Income Consumers Increase Within-Industry Wage Inequality?," American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, July 31, 2014.
Explores the ways in which the disproportionate growth of high-income consumers has meant that the U.S. economy caters increasingly to the preferences of elite spenders, and what this implies for the future of workers and industry.
Talks and Briefings
"Do Labor Unions Raise Wages? Measuring Union Effects on Wages Using Investment Shocks," Quantitative Methods Workshop, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, March 11, 2014.