Derek Wu


Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the University of Virginia's Batten School.

My research interests lie in labor and public economics, focusing on poverty and inequality, the effects of government programs, and the economics of education. My work is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Administration for Children and Families) and the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

I received my PhD in 2021 from the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy, and an A.B. in 2013 from Princeton University's School of Public and International Affairs. Prior to graduate school, I worked at the nonprofit group Ithaka S+R, the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and the National Council for Teacher Quality, and have served as a voting member on the Maryland State Board of Education.

Email: derek[dot]wu[at]virginia[dot]edu

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Upcoming Presentations:

  • September 19: Washington Center for Equitable Growth Grantee Conference (Virtual)