Hilary Wething

Hilary Wething

Assistant Professor of Public Policy

Jackman-Hyde Early Career Professorship


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Biography:

Hilary Wething joins Penn State as the Jackman-Hyde Early Career Professor and as an assistant professor of public policy in fall 2020. 

Wething's research examines the relationship between economic volatility and labor market policy, household decision-making, and social safety-net programs. Her dissertation investigated the degree to which workers’ employment characteristics affect their earnings volatility and assessed whether public employment policy, such as minimum wage or paid sick leave policy, can mitigate or exacerbate earnings volatility. 

She holds a Ph.D. in public policy and management, with concentrations in demography and economics, from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. Wething has undergraduate degrees in mathematics and economics from Creighton University and spent three years as a research assistant at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC.