Committee Members

Robert A. Moffitt, Johns Hopkins University, Chair

Robert Moffitt's research interests are in the areas of labor economics and applied microeconometrics. A large portion of his research in labor economics has concerned the labor supply decisions of female heads of family and its response to the U.S. welfare system. His research on the welfare system has led to publications on the AFDC, Food Stamp, and Medicaid programs. He has also published research on the labor supply effects of social insurance programs, including Social Security, unemployment insurance, and disability insurance, as well as of the U.S. income tax system. Other papers have concerned the pattern of real wages over the business cycle, volatility in the U.S. labor market; and trends in U.S. earnings inequality, labor mobility, and state government decision-making. Part of his research also focuses on population economics and economic demography, where he has estimated economic models of marriage, cohabitation, female headship, and fertility. His methodological research has led to publications on selection bias and limited-dependent variable models, nonlinear budget constraints, panel data, attrition, duration models, and causal modeling and program evaluation. He is the Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Economics at Johns Hopkins University, where he has worked since 1995. He also holds a joint appointment at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Prior to assuming his positions at Hopkins, he was Professor of Economics at Brown University, where he taught for eleven years. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Maryland, and worked for several years at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

John M. AbowdJohn M. Abowd, Cornell University

John M. Abowd is the Edmund Ezra Day Professor of Economics, Professor of Information Science, Director of Graduate Studies in Economics, and member of the Department of Statistical Science at Cornell University. He is also Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER, Cambridge, MA), Research Affiliate at the Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique (CREST, Paris, France), Research Fellow at the Institute for Labor Economics (IZA, Bonn, Germany), and Research Fellow at IAB (Institut für Arbeitsmarkt-und Berufsforschung, Nürnberg, Germany). Abowd is the Director of the Labor Dynamics Institute (LDI) at Cornell. He is Vice President (President in 2014) and Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists. He is Chair (2013) of the Business and Economic Statistics Section and Fellow of the American Statistical Association. He is an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute. Abowd serves as a Distinguished Senior Research Fellow at the United States Census Bureau (1998-2013). He is also currently serving on the National Academies’ Committee on National Statistics (2010-2013) and on the American Economic Association’s Committee on Economic Statistics. He served as Director of the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER) from 1999 to 2007. Prof. Abowd has taught and done research at Cornell University since 1987, including seven years on the faculty of the Johnson Graduate School of Management. Prof. Abowd is currently the Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator for multiyear grants and contracts from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He has published articles in the American Economic Review, Econometrica, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of the American Statistical Association, the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, the Journal of Econometrics, and other major economics and statistics journals. Prof. Abowd served on the faculty at Princeton University, the University of Chicago, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before coming to Cornell.

Ana Aizcorbe, Virginia TechAna Aizcorbe, Virginia Tech

Ana Aizcorbe is a Research Professor at the Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory  (SDAL) at the Virginia Bioinformatics Laboratory at Virginia Tech. Her research interests revolve around the measurement of economic growth and productivity, with an emphasis on identifying novel data sources that could be used to improve existing measures.  Prior to joining SDAL, Ana  Aizcorbe was the Chief Economist of the Bureau of Economic Analysis (where she led a project to improve output and productivity measures for the health sector using large databases containing health insurance claims), a staff economist at the Federal Reserve Board (where she used administrative data to construct the Board's official measures for the semiconductor and pharmaceutical industries and later participated in the Survey of Consumer Finances Project), and a research economist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (where she used source data underlying the Consumer Price Index to study the substitution bias problem and plant-level data from the Census' Annual Survey of Manufacturers to study productivity in auto assembly plants).  Her recent publications in the health area include studies published in the Journal of Health Economics and Health Affairs.  She is the coeditor of a forthcoming conference volume titled Measuring and Modeling Health Care Costs (University of Chicago Press) and the author of a forthcoming monograph titled A Practical Guide to Price Index and Hedonic Techniques (Oxford University Press). She received her Ph.D. in economics from Boston College.

Susanto Baso, Boston CollegeSusanto Basu, Boston College

Susanto Basu is Professor of Economics at Boston College and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prior to joining BC, he was on the faculty of the University of Michigan from 1992 to 2005. He has held visiting positions at Harvard and Stanford Universities, and has been a visiting scholar at several Federal Reserve banks and central banks around the world. He has received an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, a National Science Foundation CAREER award, and the University of Michigan's Class of 1923 Memorial Teaching Award. He received his A.B. summa cum laude and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. Basu has published on a variety of topics in macroeconomics and the economics of measurement, including the rigidity of prices and wages, the role of microeconomic frictions in aggregate productivity growth, the measurement of financial sector output, the implications of cyclical fluctuations in productivity, the importance of appropriate technology for growth in developing countries, and using economic theory to measure welfare differences across countries.

Mark Bils, University of RochesterMark Bils, University of Rochester

Mark Bils is a professor of economics at the University of Rochester and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.  His research has focused on how wage setting and pricing contribute to business-cycle fluctuations, the importance of cross-country schooling differences to growth, and the importance of new and better consumer products. Some of his recent papers include: 'Comparative Advantage in Cyclical Unemployment', 'Studying Price Markups from Stockout Behavior', 'Measuring Growth from Better and Better Goods', and 'Some Evidence on the Importance of Sticky Prices'.

John C. Haltiwanger

John C. Haltiwanger is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland. He received his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University in 1981. After serving on the faculty of UCLA and Johns Hopkins, he joined the faculty at Maryland in 1987. In the late 1990s, he served as Chief Economist of the U.S. Census Bureau. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Studies at the U.S. Census Bureau. He has played a major role in developing and studying U.S. longitudinal firm-level data. Using these data, he has developed new statistical measures and analyzed the determinants of firm-level job creation, job destruction and economic performance. He has explored the implications of these firm dynamics for aggregate U.S. productivity growth and for the U.S. labor market. The statistical and measurement methods he has helped develop to measure and study firm dynamics have been increasingly used by many statistical agencies around the world. His own research increasingly uses the data and measures on firm dynamics from a substantial number of advanced, emerging and transition economies. He has published more than 90 academic articles and numerous books including Job Creation and Destruction (with Steven Davis and Scott Schuh, MIT Press).

Mike Horrigan, Bureau of Labor StatisticsMike Horrigan, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Since March of 2007, Mike Horrigan has served as Associate Commissioner in the Office of Prices and Living Conditions (OPLC) at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  This office produces a family of price index measures, including three Principal Federal Economic Indicators of inflation, from the Consumer Price Index (CPI) program, the Producer Price Index (PPI) program, and the International Price Program (IPP).  This office also includes the Consumer Expenditure (CE) Survey Program and a research division that conducts frontier research on price index and consumer expenditure issues. Mike has held a variety of positions throughout his career at BLS including heading up the Producer Price Index Program, leading the office that publishes Occupational Employment Survey data and the biennial BLS long-term projections of industry and occupational employment.   Mike has also served as Director of the BLS National Longitudinal Surveys Program and directed the BLS Establishment Surveys of Employer-Provided Training. His professional research interests include measuring the duration of unemployment, income inequality studies, minimum wages, and most recently, the use of price data to inform health care reform, social security adjustments, and the impacts of globalization.

Randall KrosznerRandall Kroszner, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Randall S. Kroszner is the Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business He is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Dr. Kroszner has more than 100 publications on topics including financial regulation, corporate governance, the Great Depression, and monetary policy and has served as editor of the Journal of Law and Economics and associate editor of a number of scholarly journals. His book with Robert J. Shiller, Reforming U.S. Financial Markets: Reflections Before and Beyond Dodd-Frank (MIT Press, 2011), has recently been on the Washington Post's Book World political bestsellers list. Dr. Kroszner served as a Governor of the Federal Reserve System from March 2006 until January 2009, and as a member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) from 2001 to 2003. Dr. Kroszner has been a visiting scholar or visiting professor at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the IMF, American Enterprise Institute, London School of Economics, the Stockholm University, the Stockholm School of Economics, the Free University of Berlin, Germany, the University of Chicago Law School, and Yonsei University Korea. He received an Sc.B. (magna cum laude) in applied mathematics-economics (honors) from Brown University in 1984 and an M.A. (1987) and Ph.D. (1990) in economics, from Harvard University.

Michael Palumbo, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Michael Palumbo is an Associate Director in the Division of Research and Statistics of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.  In that role, he is responsible for overseeing research and analysis conducted in the Capital Markets, Flow of Funds, and Short-Term Funding Markets sections.  He contributes to a range of work to support the conduct of monetary policy and the Board’s efforts to monitor and address risks to financial stability.  Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Board staff, he was on the faculty of the Department of Economics at the University of Houston.  He is a member of the American Economic Association and the Conference on Research in Income and Wealth.

Jonathan A. Parker, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

Jonathan A. Parker is Professor of Finance at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a National Bureau of Economic Research Faculty Research Fellow. Dr. Parker received his Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was awarded the Robert Solow Endowment Prize for excellence in research and teaching. Prior to his present position at Northwestern, Dr. Parker has held faculty positions at the Princeton University department of economics, where he was affiliated with the Bendheim Center for Finance and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, at the department of economics at the University of Wisconsin, where he was the Maude P. and Milton J. Shoemaker Fellow, and at the University of Michigan Business School, where he was a Society of Scholars Fellow. Professor Parker currently serves on the Academic Advisory Panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of Macroeconomics, and as Associate Editor for the Journal of Money Credit and Banking. He is a member of the American Economic Association and Econometric Society.

Professor Parker teaches both macroeconomics and finance, and his research focuses on macroeconomic risk and stock returns, taxation and consumer spending, national saving and wealth, income risk and consumer demand, and psychology and economics.


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