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Productivity Research and Program Development

Productivity Research and Program Development (DPR) Home Page


  • Cindy Cunningham, Sabrina Pabilonia, and Jay Stewart received the 2020 Secretary’s Exceptional Achievement Award for their work on productivity dispersion Read More »
  • Sabrina Pabilonia received the 2020 Secretary’s Exceptional Achievement Award for her work on state productivity estimates. Read More »
  • Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia finds that later school start times improve student test scores Read More »

The Division of Productivity Research and Program Development (DPRPD) works on strengthening and improving Bureau productivity measures and on understanding the sources and effects of productivity and technical change. The Division’s economists work on clarifying input and output concepts for productivity measures, using methods from microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, labor economics, industrial organization, econometrics, and statistics. Staff time is devoted partly to individual, long-term research on theoretical and empirical topics and writing working papers and publications.

The Division’s researchers help develop new methods and productivity statistics.  Division staff members helped develop more timely measures of multifactor productivity and measures of the effect of labor composition and research and development (R&D) on productivity growth. DPRPD researchers also helped develop new productivity measures in construction industries and the education sector.

Productivity Researchers:

Division Chief

Jay Stewart

Labor economics; measurement of work hours; measurement of capital; inequality; time use research; within-industry dispersion in productivity

Research Economists

Cindy Cunningham

Job design; use of technology; labor force skill and demographic composition; high-involvement workplace practices; automation and artificial intelligence; within-industry dispersion in productivity

Michael Giandrea

Sources, effects, and measurement of technological change; retirement patterns among American workers; capital measurement; labor’s share of output

Peter Meyer

Sources and effects of technological change; occupational classification; economic history; history of technology; invention of the airplane and its startup industry; prediction models

Sabrina Pabilonia

Productivity growth by U.S. state; within-industry dispersion in productivity; hours measurement; economics of technological change; self-employment; time use research; economics of education

Susan Powers

Productivity measurement; technical change; capital measurement; labor economics; productivity of education sector

Leo Sveikauskas

Research and development; technical change; productivity growth; urban and regional economics; international trade; competitiveness in international trade; productivity in construction industries; productivity in medical industries

Other research groups at BLS include: