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Adrienne Rackley

Adrienne Rackley

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Adrienne Rackley's interest in pursuing economics was decided in a microfinance course at Gonzaga University. The course studied the impact of micro-loans and community lending on low-income households' ability to provide for their families, set up small businesses, and move towards self-sufficiency. She was intrigued by the idea that economics might hold some answers to improving lives, increasing equity, and reducing poverty. Since then, Adrienne has pursued a career in economics, with a focus on renewable energy, development, and poverty reduction. Adrienne has experience working at a publicly traded company, a start-up non-profit, an international non-governmental organization, and a quasi-governmental organization. She holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a focus on international business and economics from Gonzaga University, and a master's degree from Purdue University in Applied Economics. For her master’s thesis, Adrienne developed a model investigating the impact of a Family Self-Sufficiency program, evaluating the program’s effectiveness in lifting households out of poverty, and reducing reliance on housing assistance and other welfare programs.

Research Interests

  • Econometric modeling
  • Development economics
  • Equity and justice
  • Public policy

Education and Credentials

  • B.B.A., (with Honors), Gonzaga University
  • M.S., Applied Economics, Purdue University

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Economic Association
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon International Economics Honor Society

PNNL Publications


Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas