Wesleyan portrait of Wendy  Rayack

Wendy Rayack

Associate Professor of Economics

Public Affairs Center, 327

Tutor, College of Social Studies

Public Affairs Center, 327


Visit Professional Website

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. 


Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

OFFICE HOURS:   Drop-in office hours are Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30-2:30 pm.  For all other times, please make an appointment.   To arrange an appointment, please send email to wrayack@wesleyan.edu and suggest two or three times that would work for you.   If you are an advisee, please provide that information in the subject line.  If you are a current student in a particular course, please include that information.  Providing that information in the subject line will help me give priority to current students and current advisees.   



Spring 2020
CSS 220 - 01
Soph Tut: Hist. Econ Thought

CSS 220 - 02
Soph Tut: Hist. Econ Thought

ECON 215 - 01
Jobs, Tech & Globalization