Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation
Jeffrey Wenger is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. His current research examines the effects of working conditions on remaining in the labor force, and the transitions of military personnel into the civilian labor force. He is also leading a project on long-term unemployment among late-career workers. From 2003 to 2015 Wenger was an assistant and then associate professor at the University of Georgia where he taught econometrics, statistics, economics, and policy evaluation. From 2013 to 2015 he was also an NIH/NIA Research Fellow in the Study of Aging at RAND in Santa Monica. Wenger’s primary expertise is in unemployment insurance; he has published studies in the areas of UI financing, automatic triggers for extending UI benefits, and the role of information on UI application rates. Wenger is also interested in issues of retirement and the role of business cycles on retirement savings. He has published research on the asynchronicity of stock and labor markets and its effects on retirement savings and research on preference heterogeneity and its role on savings rates and borrowing options in defined contribution plans.