Jennifer Romich

Ms. Jennifer L. Romich

Associate Professor of Social Welfare , University of Washington


Jennifer Romich is an Associate Professor of Social Welfare at the University of Washington. Romich studies resources and economics in families, with a particular emphasis on low-income workers, household budgets and families’ interactions with public policy. Her recent poverty-related projects include ongoing research into effective marginal tax rates created by means-tested benefit schedules and the tax system; a study of the effects of highway tolls on low-income households; an evaluation of the City of Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance; and a mixed-methods investigation of income of families involved with the child welfare system.

Romich is the Director of the West Coast Poverty Center and was recently appointed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Family Self-Sufficiency Research Scholars Network. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in economics and earned a PhD in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University.

Curriculum Vitae

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Year Degree Institution
2003 PhD, Human Development and Social Policy Northwestern University


Year Title  
2002 The Trade-offs of Full Time Work: Effects of Parents’ Work Hours on Young Adolescents

Selected Publications

Romich, Jennifer L. with Wes Bignell, Tracy Brazg, Chantel Johnson, Cori Mar, Jennifer Morton, and Chiho Song (2014). Implementation and Early Outcomes of the City of Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance. Research report, City of Seattle Office of the City Auditor, Seattle, WA.

Maureen Marcenko, Jennifer Hook, Jennifer Romich and JoAnn Lee (2012). Multiple Jeopardy: Poor, Economically Disconnected, and Child Welfare Involved. Child Maltreatment 17(3): 195-206.

Plotnick, Robert, Jennifer L. Romich, Jennifer Thacker, and Matthew Dunbar (2011). Analyzing the Impact of Highway Tolls on Low-Income Persons. Journal of Urban Affairs 33(3): 345-355.

Berridge, Clara W. and Jennifer L. Romich (2011). ’Raising him … to pull his own weight’ Boys’ household work in single mother households. Journal of Family Issues 32(2): 157-180.

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