University of Wisconsin–Madison

Melinda Petre

Melinda Petre

Melinda Petre earned her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation focuses on the returns to cognitive and noncognitive skills in different labor market contexts, such as employer learning about these skills and skills as an explanation of the racial wage gap. She is interested in researching policies that help to reduce poverty and inequality by developing skills and closing gaps from an early age.

Melinda is a fellow at OPRE and works on a variety of projects related to economic mobility, geographic poverty trends, low- and middle-skills labor sector analysis, skills acquisition and development, housing stability, and safety net studies.