Rigby's work examines the politics of inequality and redistribution: identifying conditions shaping the public's policy preferences, examining the policymaking process that shapes health, education, and welfare policies, and assessing the consequences of these policy choices on the level of inequality in our society. Rigby has worked at the intersection of politics, inequality, and public policy in a range of roles and organizations including: Senate Finance Committee, Project Vote Smart, Citizens for Missouri's Children, the National Center for Children and Families, and St. Louis Public Schools.
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Compares the relationship between state parties' policy platforms and the policy priorities of their low-income, middle-income, and high-income constituents.
Highlights the often-overlooked role of economic policies, such as minimum wage, on health outcomes at the state-level.
Examines the variation and change in state income inequality as a function of state-level policy decisions regarding taxing the wealthy, spending on the poor, and regulating the market.
Examines the role of state economic conditions on their taxing and spending policies, showing how these dynamics differ under Democratic versus Republican party control.
Documents the variation in red tape facing individuals attempting to enroll in Medicaid, and explores how that varies across states in ways related to states' political and economic contexts.
Explores the role of academic research in advocacy materials prepared for and used by a high-profile coalition working to block repeal of the Affordable Care Act.