Pinghui Wu is an economist with the New England Public Policy Center in the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Research Department. Her primary research field is labor economics in topics concerning employment dynamics, poverty and inequality, and the effect of labor market and social welfare policies on worker well-being.
Wu received a joint PhD and MA/MSW in economics and social work from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in social work from National Taiwan University. Prior to joining the Boston Fed in 2021, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan.
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Poverty Solutions, University of Michigan
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2019–2021
PhD, Economics and Social Work, University of Michigan, 2019
MA, Economics, University of Michigan, 2015
Master of Social Work, University of Michigan, 2013
Bachelor of Social Work, National Taiwan University, 2008
“Unemployment Insurance and Opioid Overdose Mortality in the United States,” with Michael Evangelist. 2022. Demography 59(2). https://doi.org/10.1215/00703370-9772414
“Emergency Unemployment Benefits and Health Care Spending During Covid,” with Michael Evangelist and H. Luke Shaefer. 2021. Health Services Research 2021: 1–12. https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-6773.13772
“The Decline of Cash Assistance and the Well-Being of Poor Households with Children,” with H. Luke Shaefer, Kathryn Edin, and Vincent Fusaro. 2020. Social Forces 98(3): 1000–1025, https://doi.org/10.1093/sf/soz020
“Government Transfers and Consumer Spending among Households with Children during COVID-19,” with Vincent Fusaro and H. Luke Shaefer. 2022. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Research Department Working Papers No. 22-17. https://doi.org/10.29412/res.wp.2022.17
“Wage Inequality and the Rise in Labor Force Exit: The Case of US Prime-Age Men.” 2022. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Research Department Working Papers No. 22-16. https://doi.org/10.29412/res.wp.2022.16