Liberty Street Economics

« Historical Echoes: The Whimsical Side of Banking circa 1960 | Main | Did Securitization Lead to Riskier Corporate Lending? »

January 30, 2013

Just Released: NY Fed’s Erica Groshen Becomes Commissioner of Labor Statistics

Jamie McAndrews

What could cap being a Liberty Street Economics blogger/editor? Apparently, for one of us, becoming a chief bean-counter. Yesterday, our colleague Erica L. Groshen was sworn in as the nation’s new Commissioner of Labor Statistics.

        Erica, a vice president in the New York Fed’s Research and Statistics Group, was a founding editor of the Liberty Street Economics blog and the author of one of our first posts, an analysis of temporary layoffs during the 2007-09 recession. Working with her colleagues, she helped shape many of the features that our blog readers are now accustomed to seeing. During her twenty-five years in the Federal Reserve System (first in Cleveland and then in New York), she has held many leadership and research roles, including giving policy advice, publishing studies, editing our research series, heading departments, and reaching out to the region. Her research has focused on labor markets over the business cycle, regional economics, wage rigidity and dispersion, the male-female wage differential, service-sector employment, and the role of employers in labor market outcomes. She has also served on the advisory boards to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Census Bureau.

        As Commissioner of Labor Statistics—the head of the BLS—Erica will now lead efforts to collect, process, and disseminate data of the kind that she has used in her research. The BLS, an independent agency within the Department of Labor, is the principal federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy.

        Erica tells me that “while I’ll miss working on the blog with my colleagues at the NY Fed, I look forward to working with the excellent staff at the BLS to provide information to businesses, households, and policymakers so that they can make the best possible choices for themselves and help return the economy to full employment.”

        I wish Erica the best as she continues her career of public service but switches her “public good” of choice from monetary policy to labor statistics.

The views expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York or the Federal Reserve System. Any errors or omissions are the responsibility of the author.

Jamie McAndrews is director of research and an executive vice president of the New York Fed.
Posted by Blog Author at 09:00:00 AM in Labor Economics

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

The comments to this entry are closed.

About the Blog
Liberty Street Economics features insight and analysis from economists working at the intersection of research and policy.

The views expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the position of the New York Fed or the Federal Reserve System.

Economic Research Tracker for iPad®

Liberty Street Economics is now available on the iPad® and can be customized by economic research topic or economist.

Most Viewed

Last 12 Months
LSE in the News

Access to linked content may require a subscription.

Useful Links
Feedback & Comment Guidelines
Liberty Street Economics invites you to comment on a post.
Comment Guidelines
We encourage you to submit comments, queries and suggestions on our blog entries. We will post them below the entry, subject to the following guidelines:
Please be brief: Comments are limited to 1500 characters.
Please be quick: Comments submitted more than 1 week after the blog entry appears will not be posted.
Please try to submit before COB on Friday: Comments submitted after that will not be posted until Monday morning.
Please be on-topic and patient: Comments are moderated and will not appear until they have been reviewed to ensure that they are substantive and clearly related to the topic of the post. The moderator will not post comments that are abusive, harassing, or threatening; obscene or vulgar; or commercial in nature; as well as comments that constitute a personal attack.  We reserve the right not to post a comment; no notice will be given regarding whether a submission will or will not be posted.
Disclosure Policy
The LSE editors ask authors submitting a post to the blog to confirm that they have no conflicts of interest as defined by the American Economic Association in its Disclosure Policy. If an author has sources of financial support or other interests that could be perceived as influencing the research presented in the post, we disclose that fact in a statement prepared by the author and appended to the author information at the end of the post. If the author has no such interests to disclose, no statement is provided. Note, however, that we do indicate in all cases if a data vendor or other party has a right to review a post.