The Federal Economic Statistics Advisory Committee (FESAC) advises the Directors of the Department of Commerce's statistical agencies, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Commissioner of the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), on statistical methodology and other technical matters related to the collection, tabulation, and analysis of federal economic statistics.

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Current Members

Matthew Shapiro

(FESAC Chairman)

University of Michigan

Matthew D. Shapiro is the Lawrence R. Klein Collegiate Professor of Economics and the director of the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan. He is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. During 1993-1994, Shapiro served as senior economist at the Council of Economic Advisers with responsibilities for macroeconomic analysis and the weekly economic briefing of the president. He was a junior staff economist at the council, 1979-1980. Before joining the University of Michigan faculty in 1989, Shapiro was an assistant professor of economics at Yale and a member of the Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics. He was co-editor of the American Economic Review, 1997 to 2000 and editor of the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2014 to 2019.

Shapiro is a member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. He has served as chair of the American Economic Association Committee on Economic Statistics (AEAStat) and as a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT). He received B.A. and M.A. degrees from Yale and a Ph.D. from MIT.

Joseph Altonji

Yale University and the National Bureau of Economic Research

Joseph Altonji is the Thomas DeWitt Cuyler Professor of Economics at Yale University and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He previously held faculty positions at Columbia and Northwestern and served as a visiting professor at Princeton and Harvard. He is an elected fellow of the Econometric Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also an elected fellow and past president of the Society of Labor Economists and president of the Eastern Economic Association. He received the IZA Prize in Labor Economics in 2018.

Altonji specializes in labor economics and applied econometrics. His interests include labor market fluctuations, labor supply, consumption behavior, the economics of education, economic links among family members, race and gender in the labor market, wage determination, and econometric methods. Altonji has served as a consultant to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and on advisory panels including the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) and the National Science Foundation Social, Behavior and Economic Sciences Advisory Committee. Altonji received his Ph.D. in economics from Princeton and his M.A. and B.A. from Yale.

Pat Bajari

Amazon and University of Washington

Patrick Bajari is vice president of the Core Artificial Intelligence team and chief economist at Amazon. His team is comprised of approximately 100 software engineers and scientists in machine learning, statistics, operations research and econometrics. Since joining Amazon in 2010, his team has helped to build scalable systems for supply chain, transportation, pricing, automated marketing, robotics, forecasting, Human Resources, and others.

Prior to joining Amazon, he was a faculty member at Harvard, Stanford, Duke, Michigan, and Minnesota. He is also a professor of economics at the University of Washington, a fellow of the Econometric Society, and on the board of directors of the National Association for Business Economics.

Kerwin Charles

Yale School of Management

Kerwin Charles is the Indra K. Nooyi Dean and Frederic D. Wolfe Professor of Economics, Policy, and Management at the Yale School of Management. He is also vice president of the American Economic Association, the vice chair of NORC at the University of Chicago, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and an elected Fellow of the Society of Labor Economics. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics and sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Labor Economics.

Charles previously served as the Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergmann Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. He taught economics and public policy at the University of Michigan before moving to the University of Chicago in 2005. He has received multiple teaching awards and his many academic leadership roles have included running centers and programs within the Harris School and serving as the school’s deputy dean and later its interim dean. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Martin Fleming

IBM

Martin Fleming is IBM’s chief economist and vice president, leading the Business Performance Services team. The team creates new data sources, applies advanced analytic techniques, deploys new business processes, and drives resource reallocation to achieve increased revenue growth and improved organizational leverage. As chief economist, Fleming provides regular insight and analysis on relevant economic issues to IBM’s senior leadership team. Previously, Fleming led IBM’s Smarter Planet strategy development and execution with a focus on energy, climate change, transportation, water, and Smarter Cities. He has also led IBM’s Emerging Business Opportunity program and IBM’s Global Sales and Distribution’s strategy and planning activities.

Prior to joining IBM, Fleming was a principal consultant and the technology practice leader at Abt Associates. He was also vice president of strategy for Reed-Elsevier Inc. Fleming began his professional career at the System Dynamics Group, Alfred P. Sloan School of Management, MIT. Fleming has served on the board of directors of the National Association for Business Economics and chaired the NABE Statistics Committee and Julius Shiskin Awards Committee. Fleming also served as president of the Boston Association for Business Economics. Fleming holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in economics from Tufts University and a B.S. in mathematics from the Lowell Technological Institute.

Erica Groshen

Cornell University and Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Erica Groshen is senior economics advisor at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and a research fellow at the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. From 2013 to 2017, she served as commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the principal federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and inflation. Before that she was vice president in the Research and Statistics Group of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Her research has centered on jobless recoveries, wage rigidity and dispersion, and the role of employers in the labor market.

Groshen is the lead author of “Preparing U.S. Workers and Employers for an Autonomous Vehicle Future,” with Susan Helper, John Paul MacDuffie, and Charles Carson. She also co-authored “How New is the ‘New Employment Contract’?” and co-edited “Structural Changes in U.S. Labor Markets: Causes and Consequences.” She received the 2017 Susan C. Eaton Outstanding Scholar-Practitioner Award from the Labor and Employment Relations Association. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard and a B.S. in mathematics and economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Robert Groves

Georgetown University

Robert Groves is the Gerard J. Campbell S.J. Professor in the Math and Statistics Department as well as the Sociology Department at Georgetown University, where he has served as executive vice president and provost since 2012. Groves is a social statistician, who studies the impact of social, cognitive, and behavioral influences on the quality of statistical information. His research has focused on the impact of mode of data collection on responses in sample surveys, the social and political influences on survey participation, the use of adaptive research designs to improve the cost and error properties of statistics, and public concerns about privacy affecting attitudes toward statistical agencies.

Groves has authored or co-authored seven books and scores of peer-reviewed articles. He serves on several boards and advisory committees, including the Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT), Pew Research Center Board, and the National Science Board. He is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the International Statistical Institute.

John Haltiwanger

University of Maryland-College Park

John Haltiwanger is a distinguished university professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland and the first recipient of the Dudley and Louisa Dillard Professorship. After serving on the faculty of UCLA and Johns Hopkins University, 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, a senior research fellow at the Center for Economic Studies at the U.S. Census Bureau, and a fellow of the Society of Labor Economics and the Econometric Society. He has played a major role in developing and studying U.S. longitudinal firm-level data.

His work with the statistical agencies was recognized with the Julius Shiskin Award for economic statistics in 2013, the Roger Herriott Award for innovation in federal statistics in 2014, and the Global Entrepreneurship Research Award in 2020. He has published more than 100 academic articles and numerous books, including “Job Creation and Destruction.” He received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins.

Maurine Haver

Haver Analytics

Maurine Haver is the founder of Haver Analytics, an economic information services company. Haver Analytics provides time series economic data, maintaining more than 200 complex databases with information from more than 1,200 government and private sources, and has an extensive offering of forecast data covering the world's economies.

Haver is a member of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Data Users Advisory Committee and served on the Financial Research Advisory Committee, advising the Treasury Department about analyzing systemic financial risk. She is past chair of the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics. Previously, she was an economist in the economic forecasting group of General Electric in New York, a member of the international staff of Compagnie Bull General Electric in Paris, and a consultant at Chase Manhattan Bank in London. She served as president of the National Association for Business Economics, 1994–95, and chair of the NABE Statistics Committee.

Colm O'Muircheartaigh

University of Chicago

Colm O'Muircheartaigh is a professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and served as dean of Harris from 2009 to 2014. He is also a senior fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago. O'Muircheartaigh is co-investigator on the National Institute on Aging's [NIA] National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP) and on the NIA T-32 Training Program in the Demography and Economics of Aging. O'Muircheartaigh joined Harris in 1998 from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was the first director of the Methodology Institute, the center for research and training in social science methodology, and a faculty member of the Department of Statistics from 1971.

Formerly president of the International Association of Survey Statisticians and a council member of the International Statistical Institute, O'Muircheartaigh is actively involved in a number of professional bodies. He is a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, a fellow of the American Statistical Association, and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute; he has served as a member of the Committee on National Statistics [CNSTAT] and the U.S. Census Bureau Federal Advisory Committee of Professional Associations. He has served as a consultant to a wide range of public and commercial organizations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, and the Netherlands and worked through international organizations in China, Myanmar, Kenya, Lesotho, and Peru.

Dick Rippe

Evercore ISI

Dick Rippe is a managing director and economist contributing to all of Evercore ISI’s economic research with primary responsibility for Weekly International Highlights Reports. Prior to joining Evercore ISI, Rippe was a managing director and chief economist at Prudential Equity Group. Before that, he was senior vice president and chief economist at Dean Witter Reynolds. Rippe began his Wall Street career at Baker, Weeks & Co. after teaching at Columbia Business School.

Rippe received both his A.B. and Ph.D. from Harvard.

Mel Stephens

University of Michigan

Mel Stephens is professor of economics at the University of Michigan, with a courtesy appointment at the Ford School. He serves as a research affiliate at the Population Studies Center and a faculty associate at the Survey Research Center, both within the Institute for Social Research. Stephens is also affiliated with the National Bureau of Economic Research, currently as a research associate. He has previously served as a member of the Academic Research Council at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Stephens is a labor economist whose research interests include consumption and savings, aging and retirement, education, the impact of local labor market fluctuations on household outcomes, and applied econometrics. He received his B.A. in economics and mathematics from the University of Maryland and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan.

David Weinstein

Columbia University

David Weinstein is the Carl S. Shoup Professor of the Japanese Economy at Columbia University. He is also the director at Columbia’s Center on Japanese Economy and Business, director of the Japan Project at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, Weinstein was chair of the Economics Department and senior economist as well as a consultant at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Prior to joining the Columbia faculty, he held professorships at the University of Michigan and Harvard University. He also served on the Council of Economic Advisors from 1989 to 1990.

Weinstein is the recipient of many grants and awards, including five National Science Foundation grants, an Institute for New Economic Thinking grant, a Bank of International Settlements Fellowship, and a Google Research Award. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in economics from the University of Michigan and his B.A. at Yale.

David Wilcox

Peterson Institute for International Economics

David Wilcox joined the Peterson Institute for International Economics in August 2019, and is now a senior fellow there. His current research focuses on the U.S. macroeconomy, monetary policy, and diversity and inclusion, especially in the economics profession. Previously, he served roughly 30 years as member of the staff of the Federal Reserve Board, including as deputy director (2001-11) and director (2011-18) in the Division of Research and Statistics. In the latter role, he functioned as the chief economist of the division, a senior advisor to three successive chairs of the Federal Reserve Board, the division's lead for strategic direction, and its chief manager. He also served as assistant secretary for economic policy at the Treasury Department from 1997 to 2001, and as a senior economist at the Council of Economic Advisers from 1994 to 1995.

Wilcox is the author of many publications, including "Okun Revisited: Who Benefits Most From a Strong Economy?" He serves on a task force commissioned by the American Economic Association to recommend best practices for improving diversity and inclusion in the economics profession. Wilcox received a Ph.D. in economics from the MIT and a B.A. in mathematics from Williams College.

Kirk Wolter

University of Chicago and National Opinion Research Center (NORC)

Kirk Wolter is principal statistical advisor and distinguished senior fellow with NORC at the University of Chicago. He is also a professor in the university’s Department of Statistics. Wolter is an internationally recognized expert in survey statistics and methods and author of “Introduction to Variance Estimation,” which is widely read by survey practitioners and theoreticians.

Wolter has led or participated in designing many of the United States’ largest and most important information systems, including the Current Business Surveys and the Current Employment Statistics program. He also led the conversion of major market research surveys to scanning-based methods, both in the United States and in many parts of Western Europe. Before joining NORC in 1994, Wolter was vice president, statistical design worldwide, for the A.C. Nielsen Co., where he had executive accountability for statistical methodology in 30 countries. Wolter worked for 14 years at the U.S. Census Bureau, including as chief of the Statistical Research Division. He served as adjunct professor at George Washington University. In 2002-03, he founded and directed the Interdisciplinary Research Institute for Survey Science at Iowa State University. Wolter is a fellow of the American Statistical Association, an elected member of the International Statistical Institute, a past president of the International Association of Survey Statisticians, and a past chair of the Survey Research Methods Section of the American Statistical Association. He received his Ph.D. in statistics from Iowa State University.

Meetings

 Watch the full June 11 FESAC meeting.

Agenda

Developing Experimental Statistics to Measure Economic Activity

 

Exploring Data Sources of the Future: Learning and Employment Records

Economic Data Gaps Revealed by the Pandemic Economy

 Watch the full December 11 FESAC meeting.

Agenda

Filling Data Gaps in International Trade Statistics

Update Session: Shifting to geometric weighting for detailed inputs to PPIs

Modernization in Data Collection and Methods in Response to COVID-19

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International Response to Pandemic

Private/Public Data Projects Addressing Pandemic-Related Issues

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Evidence Act

Technology, Artificial Intelligence and Data

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Consumption Poverty Measure

Big Data for 21st Century Economic Statistics

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Reorganizing Economic Statistical Agencies

  • Nancy Potok, Office of Management and Budget
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  • Charles Bean, London School of Economics and Office for Budget Responsibility
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Quality-Adjusted Price Indices Powered by ML and AI

How Modern Disclosure Avoidance Methods Could Change the Way Statistical Agencies Operate

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Seasonal Adjustment

Contingent Work and the Gig Economy

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The Role of the Statistical Agencies in the 21st Century

Globalization

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Seasonal Adjustment

Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission

Federal Statistical Research Data Centers

Measuring Retail Trade

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Measuring Retail Trade with Administrative Data

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