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Wendy Rayack

Associate Professor of Economics

Off Campus, 330High St

Tutor, College of Social Studies

Off Campus, 330High St


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BA Oberlin College
MA University of Wisconsin at Madison
PHD University of Wisconsin at Madison

Wendy Rayack

Professor Rayack studies economic inequality and has published on distributional impacts of recessions, wage cyclicality, interactions between spousal earnings, and declining participation in the workforce.                                                                     

Professor Rayack began her professional career in economics at the U.S. House Budget Committee in Washington, D.C., where she conducted simulations of macroeconomic policy for the Committee's chief economist using the macro-econometric models created by Data Resources Inc., Wharton, and Chase Econometrics.  While earning her Ph. D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she worked at the Institute for Research on Poverty studying Section 8 low-income housing assistance.  She has been a visiting fellow and visiting professor at Yale University's economics department, and a visiting lecturer in macroeconomics at Yale's School of Organization and Management (SOM).  Since 1983, she has been a member of Wesleyan's economics department.  There, her courses include Economics of Wealth and Poverty; Comparative Economics of Child and Family Policy; Race and Ethnicity in the Labor Market; Schooling and Scarcity; Intermediate Macroeconomics; Economics of Welfare Reform; Quantitative Methods in Economics; Public Finance; and Low-wage Labor Markets: a Data-Driven Exploration.  She also teaches in Wesleyan's College of Social Studies (CSS), offering a sophomore seminar, Topics in the History of Economic Thought, and a junior seminar, Inequality of Wealth in a Global Context. 


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Office Hours

OFFICE HOURS:  Each Monday, I will post a sign-up sheet with the available meeting times for the upcoming week.  As my advisee or student, you will always have access to that sign-up sheet.   Simply add your name in the time slot that works best for you and then email me to let me know that you have signed up.   State whether you prefer to talk by phone or Zoom.  Please delete your name if you decide you can't make a time you reserved so that other students can use that time.   

If you need a time that is not listed on the sign-up sheet, feel free to request a special appointment at a time that is more convenient for you.  To make a special appointment, simply email me.  List two or three times that would work for your schedule.   If your email includes the purpose for the meeting or specific questions, I will be best prepared to assist you.   You are always welcome to request discussions of your assignments, readings, your papers or your progress in the course.  

Phone calls are always an option: Please use the following phone number which was set up in 2020 specifically for students enrolled in my courses and for my advisees: (860) 288 7036. Please remember to leave a message with your name. I will either pick up immediately, or I will call you as soon as I have a moment.

For a Zoom consult during office hours, please use the following link: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/91687977828?pwd=OVBHSXJtbzNmN1JDSWlQTUVBVHVXQT09 Meeting ID: 916 8797 7828 Passcode: 473082

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Fall 2022
ECON 108F - 01
Race, Ethn & Econ Disp (FYS)

ECON 215 - 01
Jobs, Tech & Globalization