Erica Groshen named research fellow at the Upjohn Institute

The Upjohn Institute welcomes former U.S. Commissioner of Labor Statistics Erica Groshen as a Research Fellow. In her role at the Institute, Groshen will examine issues related to the use of federal statistics and workforce statistics in program administration and decision making as well as engage in the ongoing work of the Institute on the future of work.

Groshen served as the 14th Commissioner of Labor Statistics, from 2013 to 2017. As commissioner, she headed the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is the independent, principal fact-finding federal government agency for statistics on labor markets conditions, inflation, and productivity.  Before that, she was vice president in the research and statistics group for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which she joined in 1994 after serving as economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and assistant professor of economics at Barnard College at Columbia University.  She has been a visiting economist at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, and has served on advisory boards for the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau. She is a visiting senior scholar at Cornell University’s ILR school.

Groshen earned a bachelor's degree in economics and mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

Her economics research has focused on labor markets over the business cycle, regional economics, wage rigidity and dispersion, the male-female wage differential, and the role of employers in labor market outcomes.  Groshen has had a long relationship with the Institute prior to assuming this new position.  She has collaborated with staff on several publications, served on the Institute’s Research Advisory Board, and most recently has presented at the Institute’s seminar series.  In 2002, she co-authored the book, How New is the “New Employment Contract”?: Evidence from North American Pay Practices, for the Upjohn Institute Press.

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