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Expertise: Poverty, low-wage labor, employment, economy

Rachel West is an Associate Director for the Poverty to Prosperity Program at American Progress. Previously, she was an economic policy researcher at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at the University of California, Berkeley, where her work focused on minimum-wage policy and public assistance programs. West began her career as an economist at the U.S. Department of Transportation in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and worked as a fiscal policy intern at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.

West holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy. She received a bachelor’s degree in economics and physics from Mount Holyoke College in 2008.

By Rachel West
10 Ways President Trump’s Agenda Will Harm His Supporters in Rural and Small-Town AmericaCenter for American ProgressMarch 16, 2017
Rising Earnings Inequality Is Taking a Mounting Toll on Social SecurityCenter for American ProgressFebruary 16, 2017
Trump Preparing to Open New Front in His Dangerous, Misguided War on ImmigrantsCenter for American ProgressFebruary 14, 2017
President Trump Plans to Cut Health Coverage to Pay for Tax Cuts for MillionairesCenter for American ProgressJanuary 27, 2017
Want to Reduce Crime? Raise Wages.Morning ConsultAugust 30, 2016
A Plan to Enhance the Child Tax CreditCenter for American ProgressAugust 15, 2016
Infographic: How Could Boosting Wages Reduce Crime?Center for American ProgressAugust 4, 2016
EITC Expansion for Childless Workers Would Save Billions—and Take a Bite Out of CrimeCenter for American ProgressAugust 4, 2016
Hey, Policymakers: Take Advantage of the Economic Expansion to Boost Workers’ Job-Loss ProtectionsMorning ConsultJuly 25, 2016
Where States Are and Where They Should Be on Unemployment ProtectionsCenter for American ProgressJuly 7, 2016
You Should Be Protected If You Lose Your JobReal Clear PolicyJune 27, 2016
Strengthening Unemployment Protections in AmericaCenter for American ProgressJune 16, 2016
Yet Another Reason Raising the Social Security Retirement Age Is a Terrible IdeaCenter for American ProgressMay 23, 2016
Yes, America Can Afford to Dramatically Reduce Poverty and Increase OpportunityCenter for American ProgressApril 14, 2016
25 Years Without a RaiseU.S. News & World ReportApril 1, 2016
State of the States Report 2015Center for American ProgressFebruary 23, 2016
Infographic: Criminal Records Are a Family SentenceCenter for American ProgressDecember 10, 2015
Removing Barriers to Opportunity for Parents With Criminal Records and Their ChildrenCenter for American ProgressDecember 10, 2015
3 Things You May Have Missed in the New Poverty, Income, and Inequality DataCenter for American ProgressSeptember 16, 2015
Strengthening the Child Tax Credit Would Provide Greater Economic Stability for Millennial ParentsCenter for American ProgressAugust 27, 2015
Enhancing the Child Tax Credit Would Substantially Lessen the Depth of Child Poverty Across StatesCenter for American ProgressAugust 12, 2015
Harnessing the Child Tax Credit as a Tool to Invest in the Next GenerationCenter for American ProgressAugust 12, 2015
Humanitarian DiplomacyCenter for American ProgressJune 18, 2015
The Murray-Scott Minimum-Wage Bill: A Win-Win for Working Families and TaxpayersCenter for American ProgressApril 30, 2015
The Effect of Rising Inequality on Social SecurityCenter for American ProgressFebruary 10, 2015
A Subsidized Jobs Program for the 21st CenturyCenter for American ProgressJanuary 29, 2015
A Win-Win for Working Families and State BudgetsCenter for American ProgressOctober 16, 2014
Harnessing the EITC and Other Tax Credits to Promote Financial Stability and Economic MobilityCenter for American ProgressOctober 7, 2014
3 Reasons Subsidized Jobs Should Be Part of an Economic Mobility AgendaCenter for American ProgressJuly 30, 2014
Raising the Minimum Wage to $10.10 Would Cut Taxpayer Costs in Every StateCenter for American ProgressMarch 5, 2014
The Effects of Minimum Wages on SNAP Enrollments and ExpendituresCenter for American ProgressMarch 5, 2014