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.

Carol Corrado, The Conference BoardCarol Corrado, The Conference Board

Carol Corrado is senior advisor and research director in economics at The Conference Board, where her primary focus is measuring intangible capital and analyzing innovation and economic growth. Her research on intangibles and innovation has been cited in the popular press, including Business Week, The Financial Times, and The New York Times.  Corrado participates in the SPINTAN project funded by the European Commission to study and measure public intangibles, is Senior Scholar at Georgetown University McDonough School’s Center for Business and Public Policy, ASA delegate to the Julius Shiskin Award Committee, and member of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Technical Advisory Committee.  Prior to coming to The Conference Board in 2008, Carol was on the staff of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, where she was responsible for directing the Board’s industrial production and capacity utilization measures, including its work on measuring and analyzing high-tech sector developments.  She received the IARIW’s Kendrick Prize in 2010, the ASA’s Julius Shiskin Award for Economic Statistics in 2003, and a Special Achievement Award from the Federal Reserve in 1998.  She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in management science from Carnegie-Mellon University.

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.

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).

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.

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. 

Josh LernerJosh Lerner, Harvard Business School

Josh Lerner is the Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking at Harvard Business School, and head of the Entrepreneurial Management unit. He graduated from Yale College with a special divisional major that combined physics with the history of technology.  He worked for several years on issues concerning technological innovation and public policy at the Brookings Institution, for a public-private task force in Chicago, and on Capitol Hill.  He then earned a Ph.D. from Harvard's Economics Department.  Much of his research focuses on venture capital and private equity organizations.  He also examines policies on innovation and how they impact firm strategies.  He co-directs the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Productivity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Program and serves as co-editor of their publication, Innovation Policy and the Economy. He founded and runs the Private Capital Research Institute, a nonprofit devoted to encouraging access to data and research about venture capital and private equity, and serves as vice-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Investing. In the 1993-1994 academic year, he introduced an elective course for second-year MBAs.  Over the past two decades, “Venture Capital and Private Equity” has consistently been one of the largest elective courses at Harvard Business School. He also teaches a doctoral course on entrepreneurship and chairs the Owners-Presidents-Managers Program and executive courses on private equity.

Edward MontgomeryEdward Montgomery, Georgetown

Edward Montgomery is Dean of the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University where he and former Census Director Robert Groves are leading an effort to establish a Massive Data Institute to combine unstructured data from sensors, the internet, and other sources with structure data from sample surveys to answer social science and policy questions.  He is a labor economist whose research has often focused at the interaction between micro policies and macro dynamics. He has focused on the effect of various incentive programs in generating state and local economic growth, wage dynamics in the presence of long term contracts, and savings behavior. He has also written on the effect of creative destruction on productivity and economic dynamics over the  business cycle, the impact of social insurance programs on labor supply, and the impacts of unions on employment and unemployment.  Prior to coming to Georgetown in 2010 he served on President Obama’s Auto Task Force as Executive Director of the White House Council for Auto Communities and Workers. From 2003 to 2008 he served as the Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland where he had been on the Economics Department faculty since 1990. He also worked in the Clinton administration from 1997-2001 and held positions ranging from the Chief Economist to the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor.  In 2011 he was elected as a Fellow of the National Academic of Public Administration, and he has been a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research for over two decades. He has been on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, Michigan State University, and the University of Maryland. In addition he has held visiting positions at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and The Urban Institute. Dean Montgomery has a B.S. in Economics from Pennsylvania State University, anda M.A. and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.

Emi NakamuraEmi Nakamura, Columbia University

Emi Nakamura is an associate professor of business and economics at the Graduate School of Business and the Department of Economics at Columbia University. She is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an associate editor at the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the Journal of Economic Perspectives. She is on the technical advisory board for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Her research focuses on monetary and fiscal policy, empirical macroeconomics and finance, and macroeconomic measurement. She received her PhD in economics from Harvard University in 2007, and also holds an A.B. in economics from Princeton University. She came to Columbia in 2008 after spending a semester as a resident scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and has been a visitor at numerous central banks. In 2011 she was a Milton Friedman Research Scholar at the University of Chicago. She is a recipient of the NSF Career Award, the Sloan Research Fellowship and the Elaine Bennett Research Prize.


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