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Postdoctoral Fellow, National Poverty Center, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
Postdoctoral Fellow 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.
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.