Research Assistant

Areas of Expertise: Access to Good Jobs, Automation & Future of Work, Pay Equity & Discrimination, Racial & Ethnic Inequality, The Status of Women and Girls

Adiam Tesfaselassie is the Mariam K Chamberlain Fellow for 2018-2019 at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Adiam works on projects related to the status of women in the states, women and wealth accumulation, and future of work, examining how these topics intersect with racial and economic disparities.

Adiam’s prior research focused on the experiences of first-generation students in comparison to continuing generation students at Colorado State University. She independently analyzed the overall engagement of first-generation students using the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) data. Adiam also served as a research assistant on a Ph.D. dissertation that examines the relationship between a student’s networks and their academic performance, retention rate, and overall college experience throughout the years.

Adiam received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Sociology from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.


The Gender Wage Gap: 2018; Earnings Differences by Gender, Race, and Ethnicity

The ratio of women’s and men’s median annual earnings was 81.6 percent for full-time, year-round workers in 2018, a statistically insignificant change from 2017 when it was 81.7 percent.[1] This ratio means that the gender wage gap for full-time, year-round workers is 18.4 percent. Women’s median full-time, year-round earnings in 2018 were $45,097, compared with…

Assets for Equity: Building Wealth for Women in Central Ohio

Executive Summary Building wealth is integral to women’s economic security, good health, and overall well-being. Wealth—the value of assets minus debts—enables women to weather unexpected economic hardships and provides them with resources that allow them to have proactive control over their lives, giving them the chance to pursue educational degrees, business ventures, or other opportunities…

The Gender Wage Gap by Occupation 2018

Women’s median earnings are lower than men’s in nearly all occupations, whether they work in occupations predominantly done by women, occupations predominantly done by men, or occupations with a more even mix of men and women. Data for both women’s and men’s median weekly earnings for full-time work are available for 125 occupations.[1] The occupation…