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Erica Groshen
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Erica Groshen

Senior Economics Advisor
Institute for Compensation Studies


Dr. Groshen is Senior Economics Advisor at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and Research Fellow at the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. From 2013 to 2017, she served as the 14th Commissioner of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the principal federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and inflation. Before that she was Vice President in the Research and Statistics Group of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Her research has centered on jobless recoveries, wage rigidity and dispersion, and the role of employers in the labor market.

She is the lead author of “Preparing U.S. Workers and Employers for an Autonomous Vehicle Future,” with Susan Helper, John Paul MacDuffie and Charles Carson. She also co-authored How New is the “New Employment Contract”? from W.E. Upjohn Institute Press and co-edited Structural Changes in U.S. Labor Markets: Causes and Consequences, from M.E. Sharpe, Inc. Dr. Groshen received the 2017 Susan C. Eaton Outstanding Scholar-Practitioner Award from the Labor and Employment Relations Association. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and a B.S. in mathematics and economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Journal Articles

  • Erica L. Groshen. 2020. COVID-19’s Impact on the U.S. Labor Market as of September 2020, . (November 2020).
  • Erica L. Groshen, Harry J. Holzer. 2019. Improving Employment and Earnings in Twenty-First Century Labor Markets: An Introduction, .
  • 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

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