Barbara M. Fraumeni

Central University of Finance and Economics, China, NBER, USA, and IZA, Germany

Preserving gross domestic product (GDP) as well as going "Beyond GDP" to assess a country's status is critical to our understanding of the world. IZA World of Labor provides a great opportunity to more broadly educate individuals about this topic

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Special Term Professor, Central University of Finance and Economics, China Center for Human Capital & Labor Market Research, China; Research Associate, NBER, USA

Research interest

Economic accounting systems, the measurement of productivity, human and physical capital

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

The National Research Council/Transportation Research Board’s Value of Transportation Infrastructure Task Force and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics/US Department of Transportation’s Transportation Advisory Committee

Past positions

Chief Economist, Bureau of Economic Analysis, US Department of Commerce; Professor, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA; Special Term Professor, Hunan University, China


PhD Economics, Boston College, 1980

Selected publications

  • Productivity and US Economic Growth. Harvard, MA: Harvard University Press, 1987 (with D. Jorgenson and F. Gallop).

  • “Human capital in China, 1985–2008.” Review of Income and Wealth 59:2 (2013): 212–234 (with H. Li, Y. Liang, Z. Liu, and X. Wang).

  • "Accumulation of human and nonhuman capital, revisited." Review of Income and Wealth (Forthcoming) (with M. Christian and J. Samuels).

  • “Measuring human capital: Country experiences and international initiatives.” In: Jorgenson, D. W., K. Fukao, and M. Timmer (eds). Growth and Stagnation in the World Economy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016; pp. 429–468 (with C. Gang Liu).

  • “Human capital productivity: A new concept for productivity analysis.” International Productivity Monitor 24 (2012): 20–26.