Assistant Professor Sera Linardi and her colleagues from Pitt’s School of Social Work (PI: Jeffrey Shook) were recently awarded a grant as part of the university’s Integrative Social Science Research Initiative from the provost’s office. The project, “From Barely Making It To…? Effects of Raising Wages Among Low-Wage Workers” seeks to develop a new interdisciplinary research collaboration focused on the effects of wage increases on low-wage workers and their families.
The project has two main components. The first is a mixed-methods study of the effects of wage increases on low-wage hospital workers and their families in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This will include qualitative interviews as well as a survey to collect quantitative evidence. The second component is a 2-day workshop bringing together local and national scholars, leaders, and policy-makers to discuss the state of research on the effects of wage increases and other policy reforms on low-wage workers and their families.
The principal investigator is Jeffrey Shook, associate professor and doctoral program director, School of Social Work. Co-Investigators include: Waverly Duck, assistant professor, Department of Sociology; Rafael Engel, associate professor, School of Social Work; Sara Goodkind, associate professor, School of Social Work, Department of Sociology, and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies program; Rachel Fusco, associate professor, School of Social Work, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and Direct Practice Concentration chair; Sera Linardi, assistant professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and Department of Economics.
The Integrative Social Science Research Initiative seeks to expand Pitt social scientists’ involvement in research that uses integrative approaches from multiple disciplines. Funding is awarded for new collaborations, up to $50,000 per project.