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

Rachel West is the director of research 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
5 Ways the Trump Shutdown Is Harming Struggling Workers, Families, and CommunitiesCenter for American ProgressJanuary 17, 2019
Expanding Medicaid in All States Would Save 14,000 Lives Per YearCenter for American ProgressOctober 24, 2018
What the 2017 Census Data Won’t Show About Families Struggling in the Trump EconomyCenter for American ProgressSeptember 6, 2018
Trump USDA’s New Plan for Agencies Is Latest Setback to Public ResearchCenter for American ProgressSeptember 5, 2018
How Medicaid Cuts Could Threaten Public School Students and Teachers in Every StateCenter for American ProgressAugust 14, 2018
Trump’s Immigration Plan Imposes Radical New Income and Health TestsCenter for American ProgressJuly 19, 2018
House Republican Farm Bill Will Hurt People With Disabilities and Older AdultsCenter for American ProgressMay 16, 2018
House Republican Farm Bill Proposal Launches a Dangerous Attack on Nutrition AssistanceCenter for American ProgressApril 13, 2018
News You Can Use: Research Roundup for Re-Entry AdvocatesCenter for American ProgressApril 5, 2018
March 1 Is Minimum Wage Workers’ Equal Pay DayCenter for American ProgressMarch 1, 2018
Rising Inequality Is Threatening the Health of Social SecurityCenter for American ProgressFebruary 15, 2018
Trump’s Budget Reveals that He Wants Everyday Americans to Pay for His Tax Cuts for the WealthyCenter for American ProgressFebruary 12, 2018
Trump’s Medicaid Work Requirements Could Put At Least 6.3 Million Americans at Risk of Losing Health CareCenter for American ProgressJanuary 12, 2018
Repealing the Estate Tax Would Plunge Charitable GivingCenter for American ProgressNovember 15, 2017
Trump’s Plan for the Child Tax Credit Does Not Meet Working Families’ NeedsCenter for American ProgressOctober 25, 2017
This Is How Much Average Americans Will Pay for Trump’s Tax Cuts for the 1 PercentCenter for American ProgressOctober 16, 2017
5 Ways President Trump and Congressional Republicans Are Betraying VeteransCenter for American ProgressSeptember 26, 2017
At Least 1.4 Million Nonelderly Adults with Disabilities Would Lose Medicaid Under Graham-CassidyCenter for American ProgressSeptember 25, 2017
Census Data Show How Budget Proposals Put Economic Security of American Families at RiskCenter for American ProgressSeptember 12, 2017
Trump’s Budget Jeopardizes Gains Expected in New Census DataCenter for American ProgressSeptember 8, 2017
House Republican Cuts to Nutrition Assistance Would Harm Families in Every StateCenter for American ProgressAugust 8, 2017
Economy needs to create 4.4 million more jobsMarketWatchJuly 31, 2017
Who Receives Medicaid? A State-by-State BreakdownCenter for American ProgressJuly 20, 2017
Five Flaws in a New Analysis of Seattle’s Minimum WageCenter for American ProgressJune 28, 2017
The Impact of the Senate Health Care Bill on Veterans: State-by-State BreakdownCenter for American ProgressJune 27, 2017
The Impact of the AHCA on Veterans: State-by-State BreakdownCenter for American ProgressJune 22, 2017
Trump’s Paid Parental Leave Plan Won’t Work for Women and FamiliesCenter for American ProgressJune 8, 2017
8 Ways the Trump Budget Threatens the Health and Safety of American FamiliesCenter for American ProgressMay 23, 2017
The Trump Budget’s Attack on People with DisabilitiesCenter for American ProgressMay 23, 2017
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