Katharine Abraham

Director, Maryland Center for Economics and Policy; Professor of Economics; and Professor of Survey Methodology

Katharine G. Abraham is Professor of Economics, Professor of Survey Methodology and Director of the Maryland Center for Economics and Policy. Her published research includes papers on the work and retirement decisions of older Americans; how government policies affect employers’ choices concerning employment and hours over the business cycle; the effects of financial aid on the decision to attend college; discrepancies in alternative measures of employment, wages and hours; and the measurement of economic activity.  She served as Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics from 1993 through 2001 and as a Member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 2011 through 2013.  Abraham currently serves on standing academic advisory committees convened by the Congressional Budget Office, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.  She is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association and of the Society of Labor Economists.  Abraham received her Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1982 and her B.S. in economics from Iowa State University in 1976.

  • Katharine Abraham
3137 Tydings Hall
Department of Economics
Phone: (301) 405-3489
Email: kabraham@umd.edu