Director, West Coast Poverty Center
School of Social Work
University of Washington
Jennifer Romich is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Washington. She is also the Director of the West Coast Poverty Center and an active member of the Center for Studies of Demography and Ecology. Romich studies resources and economics in families with a particular emphasis on low income workers, household budgets, and families’ interactions with public policy. Her recent poverty-related projects include ongoing research into effective marginal tax rates created by means-tested benefit schedules and the tax system; a study of the effects of highway tolls on low-income households; research into financial services used by low-income consumers; and a mixed-methods investigation of the income of families involved with the child welfare system.
Jennifer Romich's Research Interests
- Low-income working families and means-tested transfer programs
- Family resources
- Local labor standards (paid sick time, minimum wage)