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Betsy Wood
Economic Policy Associate
Inequality and the Common Good


Inequality and the Common Good

Betsy Wood

Marjorie Elizabeth (“Betsy”) Wood joined the IPS team in January 2014. Betsy serves as Economic Policy Associate and Managing Editor of Inequality.org.

Betsy has an extensive background in research, writing, and teaching on labor and inequality. Prior to IPS, she was a visiting professor at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations where she taught courses on U.S. labor history and labor rights. She also taught American history at the University of New Hampshire and has consulted for labor organizations in Washington, D.C.

Betsy received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago where she was a Century Fellow and an Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Fellow. Her dissertation on the movement to end child labor in America won the Herbert G. Gutman Prize for Best Dissertation in U.S. Labor History. Her op-eds on contemporary labor issues have appeared in The New York Times.

Recent Work

White House Says Raising Tipped Wage Helps Women
March 27 - President Obama supports raising the tipped minimum wage and emphasizes that this move would help women, who make up the majority of tipped workers.