Anne Polivka

Research Chief, Employment and Program Development

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Anne Polivka is Research Chief of the Employment and Program Development Staff in the Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). She and her staff engage in research to improve BLS’s labor force measures and explore critical issues in labor economics.  She was instrumental in the development of BLS’s Contingent Worker and Alternative Work Arrangement (CWS) Supplement to the Current Population Survey and questions added to the supplement to measure Electronically Mediated Employment (Platform work).  

Her research includes examination of flexible staffing arrangements, domestic outsourcing, electronically mediated employment, and the effects of manufacturers’ use of staffing services as discussed in CWS Manufacturers’ Outsourcing to Staffing Services.  She co-authored Storms and Jobs: The Effect of Hurricanes on Individuals’ Employment and Earnings over the Long Term, about the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the labor market outcomes and earnings of individuals affected by the storm, and their decisions to migrate.  

She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.