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Productivity Research and Program Development
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Jay Stewart, Ph.D.

Division Chief, Division of Productivity Research and Program Development
(202) 691-7376
  • Ph.D., Economics, University of California, Los Angeles, 1989
  • M.A., Economics, University of California, Los Angeles, 1984
  • B.A., Business Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1981
Fields of Interest:
  • Labor economics;
  • hours measurement;
  • time use research
Professional Experience:
  • Division Chief, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2009 - present
  • Research Economist, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1991 - 2009
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 9/89 - 6/91
  • Economist, Unicon Research Corp., 7/88 - 8/89
Selected Publications and Working Papers:
  • Chaos Before Order: Productivity Patterns in U.S. Manufacturing”, (with Cindy Cunningham, Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia, Lucia Foster, Cheryl Grim, John Haltiwanger, and Zoltan Wolf). International Productivity Monitor 41, Fall 2021, 138-152.
  • Time spent exercising and obesity: An application of Lewbel’s instrumental variables method”, (with Charles Courtemanche and Joshua C.Pinkston), Economics & Human Biology 41, May 2021
  • The importance and challenges of measuring work hours”, (with Harley Frazis) IZA World of Labor, 2019.
  • “The BLS Productivity Program” (with Lucy Eldridge and Chris Sparks) in the Oxford Handbook of Productivity Analysis, Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • “Tobit or Not Tobit?” Journal of Economic and Social Measurement. 38(3), 2013, pp. 263-290.
    • “Reconciling the Divergence in Aggregate U.S. Wage Series”, (with Julien Champagne and Andre Kurmann). Labour Economics 49, December 2017, pp. 27-41.
  • Adjusting Body Mass for Measurement Error with Invalid Validation Data”, (with Charles Courtemanche and Josh Pinkston), Economics and Human Biology 19, December 2015, pp.275-293.
  • Is the Workweek Really Overestimated?”, (with Harley Frazis). Monthly Labor Review, June 2014.
  • “Cyclical Variation in Labor Hours and Productivity Using the ATUS?” (with Michael Burda and Daniel S. Hamermesh). American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings 103(3), May 2013.
  • “How Does Nonmarket Production Affect Measured Income Inequality?” (with Harley Frazis). Journal of Population Economics 24(1), 2011.
  • “Why Do BLS Hours Series Tell Different Stories About Trends in Hours Worked?” (with Harley Frazis) in Labor in the New Economy, Katharine G. Abraham, James R. Spletzer, and Michael J. Harper, eds., NBER Studies in Income and Wealth, University of Chicago Press, 2010.

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Last Modified Date: January 27, 2022