Bureau of Labor Statistics, USA, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Division Chief, Division of Productivity Research and Program Development, Bureau of Labor Statistics, USA
Labor economics, productivity, hours measurement, time use research
Research Economist, Bureau of Labor Statistics, USA, 1991–2009; Visiting Assistant Professor, Tulane University, USA, 1989–1991
PhD Economics, University of California, Los Angeles, 1989
“Cyclical variation in labor hours and productivity using the ATUS?” American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings 103:3 (2013) (with M. Burda and D. S. Hamermesh).
“How does nonmarket production affect measured income inequality?” Journal of Population Economics 24:1 (2011) (with H. Frazis).
“Why do BLS hours series tell different stories about trends in hours worked?” In: Abraham, K. G., J. R. Spletzer, and M. J. Harper (eds). Labor in the New Economy, NBER Studies in Income and Wealth. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010 (with H. Frazis).
Measuring hours worked is important, but different surveys can tell different storiesJay Stewart, November 2014Work hours are key components in estimating productivity growth and hourly wages as well as being a useful cyclical indicator in their own right, so measuring them correctly is important. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) collects data on work hours in several surveys and publishes three widely-used series that measure average weekly hours. The series tell different stories about average weekly hours and trends in those hours but qualitatively similar stories about the cyclical behavior of work hours. The research summarized here explains the differences in levels, but only some of the differences in trends.MoreLess