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Patrick Wightman

Senior Economic Analyst, Oregon Health Authority, State of Oregon.

Off-Campus Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center.

Ph.D., University of Chicago

Dr. Wightman is interested in how parental labor market experiences influence the allocation of resources such as time and income within the household and how these decisions affect children in both the short- and long-run. His dissertation and related work investigates the effect of parental job loss on child development and young adult outcomes and mechanisms that connect them. More broadly, he is interested in the transition to adulthood and the inter-generational transmission of socio-economic status, particularly the effect of poverty on children’s life-course trajectories.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Patrick, M., Patrick Wightman, Robert F. Schoeni, and John E. Schulenberg. 2012. "Socioeconomic status and substance use among young adults: a comparison across constructs and drugs." Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 73(5): 772-82. PMCID: PMC3410945. Abstract.

Kalil, A., and Patrick Wightman. 2011. "Parental Job Loss and Children's Educational Attainment in Black and White Middle-Class Families." Social Science Quarterly, 92(1): 57-78. DOI. Abstract.

PSC Reports

Wightman, Patrick, Megan Patrick, Robert F. Schoeni, and John E. Schulenberg. 2013. "Historical Trends in Parental Financial Support of Young Adults." PSC Research Report No. 13-801. September 2013. Abstract. PDF.

Wightman, Patrick. 2012. "Parental Job Loss, Parental Ability and Children’s Educational Attainment." PSC Research Report No. 12-761. June 2012. Abstract. PDF.

Wightman, Patrick, and Sheldon H. Danziger. 2012. "Multi-Generational Income Disadvantage and the Educational Attainment of Young Adults." PSC Research Report No. 12-759. June 2012. Abstract. PDF.