Committee Members

John HaltiwangerJohn C. Haltiwanger, University of Maryland, Chair

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).

Randall AkeeRandall Akee, University of California, Los Angeles

Randall Akee is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles in the Department of Public Policy and American Indian Studies, and Chair of the America Indian Studies Interdepartmental Program. He is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Labor Studies and the Children’s Groups. He is also a research fellow at the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development and at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). He has worked on several American Indian reservations, Canadian First Nations, and Pacific Island nations in addition to working in various Native Hawaiian communities. His current research focuses on income inequality and immobility by race and ethnicity in the U.S., and he is a member of the U.S. Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations.

Pat BajariPat Bajari, Amazon and University of Washington

Pat Bajari is Chief Economist and Vice President, Amazon Core AI, and Professor of Economics at the University of Washington. He is also a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a member of the Federal Economic Statistics Advisory Committee (FESAC). In his role at Amazon, he, leads a team of approximately 120 software engineers and scientists in machine learning, statistics, operations research, and econometrics.

Eric BryjolffsonEric Brynjolffson, MIT

Erik Brynjolfsson is the Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Professor and Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI, and Director of the Stanford Digital Economy Lab. He is the Ralph Landau Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and holds appointments at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford Department of Economics and is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. One of the most-cited authors on the economics of information, Brynjolfsson was among the first researchers to measure productivity contributions of IT and the complementary role of organizational capital and other intangibles. He has done pioneering research on digital commerce, the Long Tail, bundling and pricing models, intangible assets and the effects of IT on business strategy, productivity and performance.

Jan EberlyJanice C. Eberly, Northwestern University

Janice C. Eberly is the James R. and Helen D. Russell Professor of Finance and former Chair of the Finance Department. Eberly served as Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the U.S. Treasury in 2011-2013. She was Chief Economist at the Treasury, leading the Office of Economic Policy in analysis of the U.S. and global economies and development of policy recommendations on micro, macroeconomic and financial issues. Eberly's research focuses on finance and macroeconomics, addressing firms' capital budgeting decisions and household spending and portfolios. Her work has been published in the American Economic Review, Econometrica, and the Journal of Political Economy, among other academic journals. She received a Sloan Research Fellowship and was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013. She serves as co-editor of the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity and is a non-resident Senior fellow of the Brookings Institution.  She received her Ph.D. in economics from MIT.

Martin S. Gaynor, Carnegie Mellon UniversityMartin S. Gaynor, Carnegie Mellon University

Martin Gaynor is the E.J. Barone Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and former Director of the Bureau of Economics at the Federal Trade Commission. He is one of the founders of the Health Care Cost Institute, an independent non-partisan nonprofit dedicated to advancing knowledge about US health care spending, and served as the first Chair of its governing board. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an International Research Fellow at the University of Bristol. Prior to coming to Carnegie Mellon Dr. Gaynor held faculty appointments at Johns Hopkins and  a number of other universities, and was a visitor at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest in 1991. His research focuses on competition and antitrust policy in health care markets. He has written extensively on this topic, testified before Congress, and advised the governments of the Netherlands and the United Kingdom on competition issues in health care. He has won a number of awards for his research, including the Victor R. Fuchs Research Award, the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation Health Care Research Award, the Kenneth J. Arrow Award, the Jerry S. Cohen Award for Antitrust Scholarship (finalist), and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research. Dr. Gaynor received his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego in 1977 and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1983.

Erica L. GroshenErica L. Groshen, Cornell University

Erica L. Groshen is a Visiting Senior Scholar at the ILR School of Cornell University and the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, and served as the 14th Commissioner of Labor Statistics from January 2013 to January 2017. Prior to joining BLS, Dr. Groshen was a Vice President and economist in the Research and Statistics Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. She has served as a member of the BLS Data Users’ Advisory Committee and of the Census Bureau’s 2010 Census Advisory Committee and Advisory Committee of Professional Associations.

J. Steven Landefeld, U.S. Naval Academy and the United NationsJ. Steven Landefeld, U.S. Naval Academy and the United Nations

J. Steven Landefeld is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the U.S. Naval Academy and a Senior Advisor to the United Nations. His current research focuses on the use of big data for official statistics, the development of extended international accounts that better measure the impact of globalization, and the better integration of international economic statistics. For nearly twenty years Dr. Landefeld was Director of the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis where he led the Bureau in a number of measurement improvements including regular updates to provide more timely and relevant data. He also led in the development of chain-indexes, integrated national, international, production, income and wealth accounts, expanded measures of domestic and international services, expanded measures of intellectual property, and satellite accounts for household production, human capital, travel and tourism, transportation, and natural resources and the environment. Dr. Landefeld has chaired and been a member of United Nations, OECD, IMF, NBER-CRIW, NAS, and other international and national committees.  He has received the President’s Distinguished Executive Award, the NABE’s and ASA’s Julius Shiskin Award and numerous other national and international awards. Most recently he was selected as a Fellow of the National Association for Business Economics.  Dr. Landefeld has led change in economic statistics through his research and has published widely on economic measurement. 

Ayşegül ŞahinAyşegül Şahin, University of Texas, Austin

Ayşegül Şahin is the Richard J. Gonzalez Regents Chair in Economics at the University of Texas at Austin and an adviser to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Prior to joining UT Austin’s economics department, she was a research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for fourteen years, where she primarily focused on the analysis of the U.S. labor market. She is also Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research,  a Member of BLS’ Technical Advisory Committee, a Member of CBO’s Panel of Economic Advisers, and a Member of SF Fed’s Advisory Panel. Şahin’s research focuses on the analysis of macro-labor issues such as unemployment and labor force participation dynamics, labor market mismatch, gender disparities in labor market outcomes and entrepreneurship.