Distinguished University Professor
Professor, University of Maryland
Katharine G. Abraham is a Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Economics and Survey Methodology. Her published research includes papers on discrepancies in alternative measures of employment, wages and hours; the measurement of economic activity; the work and retirement decisions of older Americans; how government policies affect employers’ choices concerning employment and hours over the business cycle; abd the effects of financial aid on the decision to attend college. 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 currently serves on standing academic advisory committees convened by the Congressional Budget Office, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. She is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Research Fellow of the IZA, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association, and an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association and of the Society of Labor Economists. Abraham received her Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1982 and her B.S. in economics from Iowa State University in 1976.