Wilhelmina A. Leigh

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Wilhelmina A. Leigh

Former Senior Research Associate
Joint Center for Political & Economic Studies

Wilhelmina A. Leigh retired from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies as a senior research associate. During her tenure at the Joint Center, she analyzed issues related to retirement security and asset building within communities of color, and published numerous reports on these topics. Previously, she was a principal analyst at the U.S. Congressional Budget Office, with oversight on housing policies and programs.

Leigh also has served as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University, University of Virginia, and Howard University, and was an assistant professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Harvard University. She earned her A.B. in economics from Cornell University and Ph.D. in economics from the Johns Hopkins University.

Professional Achievements

  • Member of the American Economic Association.
  • Elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.
  • Worked at the Bureau of Labor Statistics in U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the National Urban League and the Urban Institute.


March 2013
During the economic doldrums that have followed The Great Recession, employees in the education sector (administrators, staff, and teachers or faculty at both the K-12 level and the post-secondary level) are confident about both their retirement savings behavior and their likely retirement outcom