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University of California, Davis
economic security, economic mobility, labor markets, employment opportunities, low wage work, poverty
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About Me

Using quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks I have built my research agenda around two central themes. First, I am committed to the robust investigation of the primary issues related to economic security as they interface with policy and political systems to influence social and economic realities in society. Second, I am committed to advancing and furthering the development of methodological tools for the policy sciences by applying and developing new techniques and theories to help elucidate pressing questions of policy significance while simultaneously making these tools and findings accessible to policymakers and other stakeholders. Overall, my research seeks to inform the development of data driven economic and social policy that can support the inclusion of disenfranchised populations and promotes equitable development across societies.

My recent work focuses on questions of economic and employment security as well as identifying and developing innovative public policy options that promote economic development in international and national contexts.

Current Projects

  • Low-wage work in the United States
  • Job quality and labor market mobility after the Great Recession
  • Integration of disconnected youth in rural and suburban labor markets
  • Small and micro business development in the post-recessionary era
Recent Publications

Visser, M.A. (2016). A Floor to Exploitation? Social Economy Organizations at the Edge of a Restructuring Economy. Work Employment and Society DOI:0.1177/0950017016638020

Visser, M.A. (2016). Reshaping Migrant Labor Market Geographies: Local Regularizations and the Informal Economy. Population, Space, and Place DOI: 10.1002/psp.2025

Visser, M.A., N. Theodore, E.J. Melendez, and A. Valezuela, Jr. (2016). From Economic Integration to Socioeconomic Inclusion: Day Labor Worker Centers as Social Intermediaries. Urban Geography DOI:10.1080/02723638.2016.1168574

Visser, M.A. and E. Melendez. (2015). Working in the New Low Wage Economy: Understanding Participation in Low Wage Employment in the Recessionary Era. WorkingUSA 18 (1): pp. 7-29.

Visser, M.A. and H.R. Cordero-Guzman. (2015). Low Wage Workers and Organizing. WorkingUSA 18(1): pp. 1-6.

Melendez, E., R. Borges-Mendez, M.A. Visser, and A. Rosofsky. (2015). The Restructured Landscape of Economic Development: Challenges and Opportunities for Regional Workforce Development Collaborations. Economic Development Quarterly. 49(2):150-166.

Melendez, E., M.A. Visser, N. Theodore, and A. Valenzuela. (2014). Worker Centers and Day Laborers Wages. Social Science Quarterly. 95(3): 835-851.

Visser, M.A. (2014). Two Plus Two Equals Three: The Cost of the Hispanic Undercount in Government Census Surveys. American Review of Public Administration. 44(2): 233-251.

Melendez, M.A. Visser, N. Theodore, and A. Valenzuela. (2013). Day Laborers’ Work Related Injuries: An Assessment of Risks, Choices, and Policies. International Migration: DOI:10.1111/imig.12042

Servon, L., M.A. Visser, and R. Fairlie. (2011). Estimating the Capital Gap for Small Businesses in New York City.  Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management. 23(4): 451-477.

Visser, M.A. and L.J. Servon. (2011). Progress Hindered: The Retention and Advancement of Females in Science, Engineering and Technology Careers. Human Resources Management Journal. 21(3): 272-284.

Visser, M.A. and E. Melendez. (2011). Puerto Ricans in Low Wage Jobs and Labor Markets: The Issues, Trends and Policies. CENTRO Journal. 23(11): 3-28.

Melendez, E. and M.A. Visser. (2011). Changes in the Structure of Low-Wage Labor Markets and Skills Selectivity among Puerto Rican Migrants. CENTRO Journal. 23(11): 46-61.

Media Coverage

All Things Considered, NPR


Country Focus
United States, South Africa

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