Christopher Wodicka, MPA
Family economic security
Cash transfers and safety net policy
Chris Wodicka is a PhD student in the School of Social Policy and Practice. His current research interests include the impacts of U.S. public policies on families’ economic well-being as well as on health, labor, educational, and other outcomes. He is particularly interested in the effects of tax credits and cash and near-cash transfer programs and exploring cross-state policy variation. Prior to his time at SP2, Chris worked as senior policy analyst for tax policy at The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, a state policy research and advocacy organization in Richmond, VA. He researched federal, state, and local tax policy issues and worked on the successful effort to make the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit refundable. Previously, Chris worked as a nonpartisan legislative analyst and evaluator in the Legislative Audit Bureau of the Wisconsin State Legislature and as an associate statistical programmer at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to his career in public policy, Chris worked in schools as part of Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest and City Year Seattle/King County. He holds a Master’s of Public Affairs with a concentration in public finance from Indiana University-Bloomington and a Bachelor’s in English from the University of Notre Dame.