Research Associates

Albelda Randy, Senior Research Associate

Randy Albelda (Ph.D., University of Massachusetts) is a professor of economics and has worked as research director of the Massachusetts State Senate's Taxation Committee and the legislature's Special Commission on Tax Reform. Her research and teaching covers a broad range of economic policies affecting low-income families. She has written on welfare reform, paid family leave policies, racial and gender divisions in occupations, the distribution of family income and earnings, and gender and race bias in radical theories of labor market segmentation.

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Marcellus Andrews, Senior Research Associate

Marcellus Andrews earned a BSBA from the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania as well as an MA, MPhil and PhD in economics from Yale University. Andrews has been a full professor and chair of economics at Wellesley College and the first Lilian and Nathan Ackerman Professor of Equality and Justice in America at the School of Public Affairs, Baruch College, City University of New York. Andrews comments on public affairs and economics in the pages of The Nation and on National Public Radio’s business affairs journal Marketplace. Andrews is the author of many academic articles published in specialist journals as well as The Political Economy of Hope and Fear: Capitalism and the Black Condition in America (NYU Press, 1999). His current book projects are Economic Policy and the Road to Social Justice (completed manuscript) and Re-imagining American Freedom (in progress).

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Ha-Joon Chang (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) has taught at the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge since 1990. His most recent books include 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism (2011), Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism (2007), Kicking Away the Ladder – Development Strategy in Historical Perspective (2002), which is the winner of the 2003 Myrdal Prize, Restructuring Korea Inc. (with Jang-Sup Shin, 2003), Globalization, Economic Development and The Role of the State (2003), and Reclaiming Development – An Alternative Economic Policy Manual (with Ilene Grabel, 2004). Ha-Joon Chang has worked as a consultant for numerous international organisations, including various UN agencies, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank. He is the winner of the 2003 Gunnar Myrdal Prize and the 2005 Wassily Leontief Prize.

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Niki T. Dickerson, Senior Research Associate

Niki T. Dickerson (Ph.D., University of Michigan, Sociology) studies the structural features of the U.S. labor market that enable or hinder access to employment opportunities for marginalized workers. Her current work investigates the role of residential segregation in the job allocation process and patterns of race/gender occupational segregation in the U.S. labor market. The National Academy of Science recently awarded her a HUD post-doctoral fellowship to study the impact of residential segregation on the race gap in unemployment and other employment outcomes for blacks and Latinos in marginalized communities in U.S. metropolitan areas.

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Shawn Fremstad, Senior Research Associate

Shawn Fremstad is an attorney and has written extensively on a broad range of social and fiscal policy issues. He is the editor of inclusionist.org and has worked as a consultant and advisor for several national nonprofits and think tanks, including the Brookings Institution, Catholic Charities USA, Center for Community Change, Green for All, National Council of La Raza, the National Immigration Law Center, PolicyLink, and The Workforce Alliance. He was previously Deputy Director of Income Security at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and an attorney and policy specialist for legal services programs in Minnesota. He holds a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and has studied art and design at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

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Roberto Frenkel has been Principal Research Associate at CEDES since 1977 and Professor at the Universidad de Buenos Aires since 1984. Presently he is also Director of the Graduate Program on Capital Markets and teaches graduate courses at the Di Tella and FLACSO-San Andrés universities. He is a member of the UNDP Advisers Group; member of the Board of the World Institute for Development Economic Research (WIDER), United Nations University; and member of the Academic Council of CEFID-AR. He has published numerous books and articles in academic journals on macroeconomic theory and policy, money and finance, inflation and stabilization policies and labor market and income distribution, with special focus on Argentina and Latin America.

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Janelle Jones, Senior Research Associate

Janelle Jones is currently a doctoral candidate at Duke University. She was previously a research Associate at CEPR. She researched and wrote on a variety of U.S. labor market topics, such as unemployment, job quality, and unions. She has served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer in Sacramento, CA where she worked for a grassroots non-profit around community health issues. She has also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru in the Small Business Development Program focusing on local economic development. Janelle holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Spelman College. She also has a M.A. in Applied Economics with a concentration in Community and Economic Development from Illinois State University.

Helene Jorgensen, Senior Research Associate

Helene Jorgensen (Ph.D. American University, Economics; M.S., George Mason University, Environmental Science and Policy) studies health care, labor markets, and employment benefits. Her latest book, Sick and Tired: How the U.S. Health Care System Fails Its Patients (Polipoint Press, February 2010), tells the story of her own battle with Lyme disease and examines the institutional failures of the health care system. Jorgensen has served as an advisor to the Census Bureau Advisory Committee on the Decennial Census and chaired the Bureau of Labor Statistics Labor Research Advisory Subcommittee. She has also worked as an economist for the Public Policy Department of the AFL-CIO. She volunteers with the Washington Humane Society.

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John Schmitt is the Research Director of the Center for Equitable Growth. He was formerly a Senior Economist with CEPR and an Economist with the Economic Policy Institute. John has written extensively on unemployment, economic inequality, U.S./Europe labor economic performance and the welfare state. He holds a B.A. in International Affairs from Princeton University and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in economics from the London School of Economics.

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Franklin Serrano (Ph.D, M.S. Cambridge University, Economics; M.S. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) is currently "professor associado" at the Instituto de Economia at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, where he teaches on macroeconomics, growth theory and political economy to both graduate and undergraduate students of economics and also at the graduate program on International Political Economy. He is also a research associate at the center for studies in economic policy of the university of Campinas, Brazil. He has been a visiting scholar at the U. N. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Chile (1997), senior visiting scholar at the Centro Piero Sraffa at RomaTre University in Italy (2004) and senior teaching fellow at the Sraffa Summer School at the Schumpeter centre in University of Graz, Austria (2008). He was in the founding board of directors of the IDEAs network of heterodox development economists (2001-2004) and a member of the scientific committee of the International Celso Furtado Center for development policies in Rio de Janeiro (2009-11). He was also a researcher for the Brazilian National Research council, CNPq (1997-2011).

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Ben Zipperer, Senior Research AssociateBen Zipperer is currently a Research Economist with the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. He was previously a doctoral candidate in economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Research Assistant at CEPR.

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