Jennifer Romich

Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Washington

Jennifer 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; research into financial services used by low-income consumers; and a mixed-methods investigation of income of families involved with the child welfare system. At UW, Romich is a founding affiliate of the West Coast Poverty Center and an active member of the Center for Studies of Demography and Ecology. Romich holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics and earned a PhD in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University (2002).

Recent articles include:

  • 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.
  • Romich, Jennifer L., Shelly Lundberg, and Kwok Ping Tsang. (2009). Independence giving or autonomy taking? Young adolescents’ influences on family decision-making. Journal of Research on Adolescence 19(4):  587-600.
  • Lundberg, Shelly, Jennifer L. Romich and Kwok Ping Tsang. (2009). Decision making by children. Review of Economics of the Household 7(1): 1-30.