Barbara M. Fraumeni

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

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


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.