Nathan Wilmers

PhD Candidate in Sociology, Harvard University
Areas of Expertise:
  • Economic Growth & Innovation
  • Jobs & Workers
  • Inequality & the Middle Class
  • Unions & the Labor Movement

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About Nathan

Wilmers studies the causes and consequences of rising U.S. income inequality. By using the tools of economic sociology, his ongoing research links big changes in the U.S. economy and U.S. economic policy to rising wage inequality. Prior to graduate school, he worked on labor issues at the National Labor Relations Board and as a research analyst at the AFL-CIO.



"Can High Income Consumers Increase Within-Industry Wage Inequality?," American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, July 31, 2014.
Explores the ways in which the disproportionate growth of high-income consumers has meant that the U.S. economy caters increasingly to the preferences of elite spenders, and what this implies for the future of workers and industry.

In the News

Nathan Wilmers's research on the impact of wealthy consumers discussed in Robert Frank. Nathan Wilmers, "How to Get Rich? Serve the Rich Consumer," CNBC, July 30, 2014.
Nathan Wilmers's research on how rich consumers' preferences promote wage inequality discussed in Lydia DePillis. Nathan Wilmers, "The Inequality Snowball Effect," The Washington Post, July 25, 2014.