• Assistant Professor (Lecturer), Economics Department

Research Summary

In my academic and professional research I have emphasized the social, historical, and policy implications of economic problems. My past research has covered labor market inequalities by race and ethnicity, competition in the market for platform technology, and policy reports focused on the market for child care services in Utah. Through my role as the Associate Director of the Economic Evaluation Unit, I produce economic research for state and federal agencies to inform evidence-based policy.


  • PhD, Economics, The New School for Social Research. Project: Intra-Industry Occupational Segregation: Measuring the Role of Race and Ethnicity in Occupational Hierarchies


Catherine Ruetschlin is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Utah and the Associate Director of the Economic Evaluation Unit, a team of economics faculty committed to research for public purpose. Her academic and policy research mainly focuses on inequalities in labor and related markets. Since 2020, Catherine has worked with Utah’s Office of Child Care to study the cost of childcare, access and affordability in childcare markets around the state, and the labor market for childcare workers. Much of this work directly informs the agency’s decisions regarding allocation of childcare assistance. Before coming to Utah, Catherine spent many years as a senior policy analyst at Dēmos, a research and advocacy organization that works with policymakers and grassroots organizations to promote an inclusive democracy and economy.