Director, Low-Income Working Families Initiative
I became an economist because I wanted to examine the factors that contribute to inequality and help identify ways to increase opportunity. Urban is a place where I can do that kind of work and know that important findings will be given visibility in places that matter.
Margaret Simms is an Institute fellow in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute, where she directs the Low-Income Working Families project. A nationally recognized expert on the economic well-being of African Americans, her current work focuses on low-income families, with an emphasis on employment and asset building.
Before joining Urban in 2007, Simms was vice president for governance and economic analysis at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. She began working at the joint center in 1986 as deputy director of research and held positions of increasing responsibility during her 20-year tenure. From May 1 through December 31, 2006, she served as interim president. Before joining the staff of the joint center, she was a program director at Urban.
In 2005, Simms was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; in 2008, she received the Samuel Z. Westerfield Award from the National Economic Association. She was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from Carleton College, Minnesota, in 2010.
Simms holds a BA in economics from Carleton College and a PhD in economics from Stanford University.
Brief Education and TrainingFebruary 23, 2016
Brief Adolescents and YouthJanuary 11, 2016
Research Report Job Market and Labor ForceStructural Barriers to Racial Equity in Pittsburgh: Expanding Economic Opportunity for African American Men and BoysNovember 20, 2015
Research Report Income and WealthBarriers and Bridges: An Action Plan for Overcoming Obstacles and Unlocking Opportunities for African American Men in PittsburghNovember 20, 2015
Research Report Poverty, Vulnerability, and the Safety NetBrett Theodos, Margaret Simms, Mark Treskon, Christina Plerhoples Stacy, Rachel Brash, Dina Emam, Rebecca Daniels, Juan CollazosOctober 6, 2015
Research Report Adolescents and YouthFebruary 17, 2015
Research Report Education and TrainingFebruary 17, 2015
Brief Income and WealthJune 30, 2014
Journal Article Race, Ethnicity, and GenderMay 28, 2014