Committee Members

Karen DynanKaren Dynan, Harvard University, Chair

Karen Dynan is a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Economics at Harvard University. She served as Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy and Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of the Treasury from 2014 to 2017, leading analysis of economic conditions and development of policies to address the nation’s economic challenges. From 2009 to 2013, Dynan was Vice President and Co-director of the Economic Studies program at the Brookings Institution. Before that, she was on the staff of the Federal Reserve Board for 17 years, playing a leadership role in a number of areas, including macroeconomic forecasting, household finances, and the Fed’s response to the financial crisis. Dynan also served as a senior economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers from 2003 to 2004 and as a visiting assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University in 1998. Dynan teaches in the Harvard Economics Department and at the Harvard Kennedy School; she is also currently a nonresident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Dynan’s research focuses on fiscal and other types of macroeconomic policy, consumer behavior, and household finances. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and her A.B. from Brown University.

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, Stanford University

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. Brynjolfsson’s research focuses on the economic implications of AI. He was among the first researchers to measure the productivity contributions of IT and the complementary role of organizational capital and other intangibles. He has also done research on digital commerce, the Long Tail, bundling and pricing models, intangible assets and the effects of IT on business strategy, productivity and performance. He received his Ph.D. in managerial economics from MIT and his A.B. and S.M. from Harvard University.

Jason FabermanJason Faberman, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Jason Faberman is a senior economist and economic advisor in the Research, Policy, and Public Engagement Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. His research focuses broadly on the labor market, with a particular focus on interactions between workers and employers. His work has examined worker/employer interactions at all levels: within firms, across urban areas, and across the economy as a whole. Faberman is a Research Fellow with the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) and currently serves as a member of the Federal Economic Statistics Advisory Committee (FESAC). Before joining the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2011, he was a senior economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia from 2007 to 2011, and a research economist with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics from 2003 to 2007. During his time at the BLS, he worked extensively on developing and enhancing the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) and the Business Employment Dynamics (BED) data. He is currently part of a team that developed and maintains the Job Search Supplement of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Survey of Consumer Expectations (SCE), an extensive survey on individuals’ job search and job finding outcomes. Faberman’s research has been published in Econometrica, Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Economic Review, and Journal of Economic Perspectives, among other journals.

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.

Bradley HardyBradley Hardy, Georgetown University

Bradley Hardy is an Associate Professor in the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. He is a nonresident senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, a research fellow with the Institute for Economic Equity at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and a research affiliate of both the University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty and the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research. He has also been a visiting scholar at the U.S. Census Bureau and served as a panel member for a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine Panel on Evaluation and Improvements to the Supplemental Poverty Measure and a National Academy of Social Insurance Study Panel on Economic Security. His research examines trends and sources of income volatility and intergenerational mobility within the United States, with a focus on socio-economically disadvantaged families, neighborhoods, and regions..

Helen LevyHelen G. Levy, University of Michigan

Helen G. Levy is Associate Director of the Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, at the University of Michigan, and a Research Professor in the University's Institute for Social Research, its Department of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health, and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and a Research Associate with NBER. She is Associate Director of the Health and Retirement Study, a longitudinal panel study that surveys a representative sample to address important questions about the challenges and opportunities of aging. She has served as Senior Economist on the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and as a member of the Federal Economic Statistics Advisory Committee.

Mark MazurMark Mazur

Mark Mazur, after spending four years on the faculty at Carnegie-Mellon University, came to Washington, DC to begin an extended period of public service. Mark started his government career as an economist at the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT). After four years at JCT, he became a senior economist at the Council of Economic Advisers and then a senior director at the National Economic Council. He then served as Director of Research, Analysis, and Statistics for the IRS, went on to become the Treasury Department's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax Analysis, and was later confirmed as Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy. In addition to his federal service, Mark served as director of the Tax Policy Center, a joint project of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution.

Daniel SichelDaniel E. Sichel, Wellesley College

Daniel E. Sichel, Professor of Economics at Wellesley College and an NBER Research Associate, is known for his contributions to the measurement of technological change, innovation, and intangible capital, and their subsequent influences on productivity and economic growth. Dan spent a number of years in various positions with the Federal Reserve Board, culminating in his serving as Senior Associate Director of the FRB's Division of Research and Statistics. From 1995-96, Dan was the Treasury Department's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Macroeconomics. He is currently Chair of the NSF Committee on National Statistics' Panel on "Improving the Cost-of-Living Indexes and Consumer Inflation Statistics in the Digital Age," and Chair of the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis Advisory Committee.