CSWEP Assoc. Chair & Survey Director: Margaret Levenstein

Margaret C. Levenstein is Director of ICPSR, the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research and the School of Information, and Adjunct Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. She has taught economics at the University of Michigan since 1990.She serves as Co-executive Director of the Michigan Federal Statistical Research Data Center (FSRDC) and co-chair of the Executive Committee of the FSRDC national network. She is the Associate Chair of the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession and past President of the Business History Conference. She is PI of CenHRS, a Sloan Foundation-funded project building an enhancement to the Health and Retirement Study based on linkages to administrative and survey data on HRS employers and co-workers. She is PI of an NSF-funded project to establish a repository of linked data and data linkage algorithms at ICPSR, a Sloan and NSF-funded effort to establish a Researcher Passport using open badges for credentialed, trusted researchers to access restricted data, and an NSF-funded project conducting experiments to encourage citizen-scientists to improve research metadata. She received a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University and a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University. She is the author of numerous studies on competition and collusion, the development of information systems, and using “organic” data to improve social and economic measurement. Her project using Tweets to predict unemployment is updated weekly at http://econprediction.eecs.umich.edu/ study. You can see her discuss her research on the impact of the 1930s Great Depression on innovative firms in the Midwest at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8Ms7s-tPM4.