Associate Director, Research
Rakesh Kochhar is associate director of research at the Pew Research Center. He is an expert on trends in the employment, income and wealth of Hispanic and immigrant workers. His research also focuses on the economic well-being of white, black and Asian workers, American families and the middle class. Prior to joining Pew Research Center, he was senior economist at Joel Popkin and Company, where he served as a consultant to government agencies, private firms, international agencies and labor unions. Kochhar received his doctorate in economics from Brown University. He is the author or co-author of studies on employment, wealth, homeownership, the middle class, multi-generation families and the Great Recession. These studies have received widespread coverage in the print media, including the New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal. Kochhar also has appeared on NPR, CNN, MSNBC, Fox and other radio and television outlets. He has testified before Congress and regularly speaks at professional, academic and business conferences.