Dr. Pavetti has nearly twenty years of experience working
in social welfare. She joined Mathematica Policy Research after four
years at the Urban Institute. In both places, she has led a number
of welfare-related research projects which combine qualitative and quantitative
data. Her research has been widely published, and she has spoken
at many conferences and briefed the Congress and several Federal, state
and local government agencies and task forces on welfare reform.
Much of Dr. Pavetti's research has focused on recipients'
time on welfare, the relationship between welfare and work, and welfare
reform implementation. Her most recent projects include analyses
of the long-term employment prospects of welfare recipients, women working
in low-wage jobs and women with low basic skills and the design and implementation
of program strategies designed to help welfare recipients enter the labor
market as quickly as possible. In previous research, she analyzed
the implementation of five early welfare reform demonstration projects;
examined programs for welfare recipients needing more assistance than typical
welfare-to-work programs provide; and developed a dynamic micro simulation
model for estimating the number of families impacted by various welfare
reform proposals and provisions, especially time limits.
Dr. Pavetti has also worked for the Federal and District
of Columbia governments on social service issues. She began her career
as a social worker and counselor serving low income families, homeless
men with substance abuse problems, court-involved adolescents and developmentally
disabled adults and children in Chicago and the District of Columbia.