Assistant Division Chief for Housing Statistics
Social, Economic and Housing Economic Statistics Division
U.S. Census Bureau
Arthur Cresce began his professional career at the Census Bureau in 1973, where he worked on the development of data for the Hispanic population. From 1992 to 1998, Cresce worked in the Decennial Management Division, participating in the planning for the 2000 Census. During this time, he served as project manager for the Continuous Measurement Survey, which has now developed into the American Community Survey. He also served as project manager for a key study to create a pay rate system that would ensure employment of sufficient human resources to complete critical field work under tight time constraints.
He received a promotion in April 2005 to Assistant Division Chief for Housing Characteristics in the Housing and Household Economics Statistics Division (renamed Social, Economic and Housing Economic Statistics Division). He is responsible for the quality of housing data collected in the decennial census, the American Community Survey and four housing-specific surveys -- the American Housing Survey, the Housing Vacancy Survey, the Survey of Market Absorption, and the New York City Housing Vacancy Survey. He also has worked extensively with staff and with the Department of Housing and Urban Development to develop the Rental Housing Finance Survey, which will provide much-needed information on the financing of multiunit structures.
formal education includes a bachelor's degree in international affairs from George Washington University with a strong background in economics. He received a master's degree in demography from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. in policy sciences from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, combining the disciplines of demography and economics to assess the impact of public policy on the population. Of note, his dissertation dealt with the impact of receipt of unemployment insurance on mobility of the unemployed.