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Erica Groshen
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Erica Groshen

Visiting Senior Scholar
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Erica L. Groshen is a Visiting Senior Scholar at the ILR School of Cornell University, and served as the 14th Commissioner of Labor Statistics from January 2013 to January 2017. Prior to joining BLS, Dr. Groshen was a Vice President and economist in the Research and Statistics Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Dr. Groshen’s research focuses on jobless recoveries, regional labor markets, wage rigidity and dispersion, the male-female wage differential, service-sector employment, and the role of employers in labor market outcomes. She co-authored the book How New is the “New Employment Contract”? from the W.E. Upjohn Institute Press and co-edited Structural Changes in U.S. Labor Markets: Causes and Consequences, from M.E. Sharpe, Inc. She has published numerous papers in academic and Federal Reserve journals and co-led the sixteen-country International Wage Flexibility Project.

She has served as a member of the BLS Data Users’ Advisory Committee and of the Census Bureau’s 2010 Census Advisory Committee and Advisory Committee of Professional Associations. She was a Research Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) and served on the Board of Reviewers for Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economics and Society.

In 1999-2000, Dr. Groshen visited the Bank for International Settlements in Basel Switzerland. Before joining the New York Fed, Dr. Groshen was a visiting assistant professor of economics and economic advisor at Barnard College at Columbia University and an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.
Dr. Groshen holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in economics from Harvard University and a B.S. in economics and mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Journal Articles

  • Erica L. Groshen, Brian C. Moyer, Ana M. Aizcorbe, Ralph Bradley, David Friedman. 2017. How Government Statistics Adjust for Potential Biases from Quality Change and New Goods in an Age of Digital Technologies: A View from the Trenches, Journal of Economic Perspectives . 28(2).
  • Erica L. Groshen. 2009. Opportunities and Challenges Facing the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Business Economics . 50(2). (DOI:10.1057/be.2015.10)
  • Erica L. Groshen, Diego Comin, Bess Rabin. 2009. Turbulent Firms, Turbulent Wages?, Journal of Monetary Economics . 56(1).
  • Erica L. Groshen, William Dickens, Lorenz Goette, Steinar Holden, Julian Messina, Mark E. Schweitzer, Jarkko Turunen , Melanie Ward. 2007. How Wages Change: Micro Evidence from the International Wage Flexibility Project, Journal of Economic Perspectives . 21(2).
  • Erica L. Groshen, Bart Hobijn , Margaret M. McConnell. 2005. U.S. Jobs Gained and Lost through Trade, Current Issues in Economics and Finance . 11(8).
  • Erica L. Groshen, Simon Potter. 2003. Has Structural Change Contributed to a Jobless Recovery?, Current Issues in Economics and Finance . 9(8).
  • Erica L. Groshen, Stephen G. Cecchetti. 2001. Understanding Inflation: Implications for Monetary Policy, Advances in Macroeconomic Theory . 1:113-135.
  • Erica L. Groshen. 1999. Identifying Inflation’s Grease and Sand Effects in the Labor Market, National Bureau of Economic Research . 273-308.
  • Erica L. Groshen. 1991. Five Reasons Why Wages Vary Among Employers, Industrial Relations . 30(3).
  • Erica L. Groshen. 1991. Sources of Intra-Industry Wage Dispersion: How Much Do Employers Matter?, Quarterly Journal of Economics . 106(3).
  • Erica L. Groshen. 1991. The Structure of the Female/Male Wage Differential: Is it Who You Are, What You Do, or Where You Work?, Journal of Human Resources . 26(3).


  • David I. Levine, Dale Belman, Gary Charness, K.C. O’Shaughnessy. 2002. How New is the “New Employment Contract”?. in Evidence from North American Pay Practices. Kalamazoo, M.I.: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2002.
  • Erica L. Groshen. 1992. Structural Changes in U.S. Labor Markets: Causes and Consequences. Armonk, N.Y.: Routledge, 1992. Randall Eberts. (248)

Honors and Awards

  • Susan C. Eaton Outstanding Scholar-Practitioner, Labor and Employment Relations Association. 2017


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