About the Director
Katharine G. Abraham
Director, Maryland Center for Economics and Policy; Professor of Economics; and Professor of Survey Methodology
Director Katharine G. Abraham first joined the University of Maryland faculty in 1987, after holding prior positions at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and the Brookings Institution. She served as Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics from 1993 through 2001 and as a Member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 2011 through 2013.
Abraham’s published research includes papers on labor market policy and on the measurement of economic activity. Among other topics, she has studied how government policies affect the behavior of employment and hours over the business cycle; job vacancies and unemployment; the effects of financial aid on the decision to attend college; the work and retirement decisions of older Americans; observed discrepancies in alternative measures of employment, wages and hours; and the development of expanded measures of economic activity.
Abraham is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Iowa State University awarded her an honorary doctorate in 2002. She was the recipient of the Julius Shiskin Award for Economic Statistics in 2002, the Roger Herriot Award for Innovation in Federal Statistics in 2010, and the Susan C. Eaton Scholar-Practitioner Award of the Labor and Employment Relations Association in 2013. She was elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 2003 and a Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists in 2007. Abraham received her B.S. from Iowa State University in 1976 and her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1982, both in economics.