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Sheila R. Zedlewski

Sheila R. Zedlewski



Institute Fellow


"My research in particular focuses on how well safety net programs deliver benefits to the nation’s most vulnerable populations and how safety net programs affect poverty."

Sheila Zedlewski directed the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute for 20 years. Center researchers study the distribution of income and how government policies affect it. The center includes a Retirement Policy Program and numerous social welfare projects focused on poverty, economic mobility, and welfare programs. The center houses the Transfer Income Model (TRIM3) and the Dynamic Simulation of Income Model (DYNASIM3), two of the Institute's policy models designed to assess the effects of government policies on net incomes in the near and long term, respectively.

Zedlewski holds an M.P.A. in Urban Affairs/Economics from American University.

Areas of expertise

Food assistance, older adult poverty, retirement assets, older adult engagement, home equity

Selected Publications from Sheila R. Zedlewski

  • Diversity in Retirement Wealth Accumulation
  • A New Safety Net for Low-Income Families
  • How Many Struggle to Get by In Retirement?
  • Publications by topic:
    Elderly
    Economy
    Income and Wealth Distribution
    Poverty
    Older Workers
    Retirement/Pensions
    Poverty and Safety Net
    Hunger and Food Assistance
    TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)

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