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Our researchers produce innovations that keep our economic and social statistics efficient and relevant. Census researchers engage in challenging and rewarding work in a wide variety of fields. Researchers present their findings in working papers, publications, and reports, and in contributions at professional meetings.


 
James R. Spletzer 
Principal Economist 
Center for Economic Studies 

Contact Information

  • 301-763-4069  
  • james.r.spletzer@census.gov  

Fields of Interest

  • Labor Economics  
  • Economic Measurement  

Education

  • Ph.D., Economics, Northwestern University, 1990  
  • B.A., Economics and Mathematics, Knox College, 1985  

Professional Experience

  • Principal Economist, U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2012-Present  
  • Senior Research Economist (Technical), U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008-2012  
  • Senior Research Economist (Managerial), U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2001-2008  
  • Research Economist, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1990-2001  

Selected Publications

  • Handwerker, Elizabeth W. and James R. Spletzer. Forthcoming. "The Role of Establishments and the Concentration of Occupations in Wage Inequality." PDF Research in Labor Economics.
  • Hyatt, Henry and James R. Spletzer. 2017. "The Recent Decline of Single Quarter Jobs." PDF Labour Economics, 46(1): 166-176.
  • Abraham, Katharine, John C. Haltiwanger, Lee Kristin Sandusky, and James R. Spletzer. 2013. "Exploring Differences in Employment Between Household and Establishment Data." Off Site Journal of Labor Ecomonics, S129-S172.
  • Hyatt, Henry and James R. Spletzer. 2013. "The Recent Decline in Employment Dynamics ." Off Site IZA Journal of Labor Economics, 2 (3): 1-21.
  • Lazear, Edward P. and James R. Spletzer. 2013. "The United States Labor Market: Status Quo or A New Normal?" In The Changing Policy Landscape: A Symposium Sponsored by The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, ed. Richard A. Babson, pp 405-452.
  • Lazear, Edward P. and James R. Spletzer. 2012. "Hiring, Churn, and the Business Cycle." American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, Vol 102 No. 3.
  • Abraham, Katharine G. and James R. Spletzer. 2010. "Are the New Jobs Good Jobs?" In Labor in the New Economy, ed. K. Abraham, J. Spletzer, and M. Harper, pp 101-143.
  • Clayton, Richard L. and James R. Spletzer. 2009. "Business Employment Dynamics." In Producer Dynamics, ed. T. Dunne, J.B. Jensen, and M. Roberts, pp125-148.
  • Katharine, Abraham G. and James R. Spletzer. 2009. "New Evidence on the Returns to Job Skills." American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, Vol. 99 No. 2.
  • Haltiwanger, John C., Julia I. Lane, and James R. Spletzer. 2007. "Wages, Productivity, and the Dynamic Interaction of Businesses and Workers." Labour Economics, Vol. 14, No. 3, pp. 575-602.
  • Spletzer, James R. 2000. "The Contribution of Establishment Births and Deaths to Employment Growth." Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 113-126.
  • Abraham, Katharine G., James R. Spletzer, and Jay C. Stewart. 1999. "Why do Different Wage Series Tell Different Stories?" American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, Vol. 89 No. 2.
  • Burgess, Simon, Julia I. Lane, Javier Miranda, and James R. Spletzer. 1999. "The Effect of Worker Reallocation on the Earnings Distribution: Longitudinal Evidence from Linked Data." In The Creation and Analysis of Employer-Employee Matched Data, ed. J. Haltiwanger, M. Manser, and R. Topel, pp 293-325.
  • Loewenstein, Mark A. and James R. Spletzer. 1999. "Formal and Informal Training: Evidence from the NLSY." Research in Labor Economics, Vol. 18, pp. 403-438.
  • Loewenstein, Mark A. and James R. Spletzer. 1999. "General and Specific Training: Evidence and Implications." Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 34, No. 4, pp. 710-733.
  • Lane, Julia I., John C. Haltiwanger, and James R. Spletzer. 1999. "Productivity Differences Across Employers: The Role of Employer Size, Age, and Human Capital." American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, Vol. 89 No 2..
  • Loewenstein, Mark A. and James R. Spletzer. 1998. "Dividing the Costs and Returns to General Training." Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 16, No. 1, pp. 142-171.
  • Abraham, Katharine G., James R. Spletzer, and J. C. Steward. 1998. "Divergent Trends in Alternative Wage Series." In Labor Statistics Measurement Issues, ed.
  • Spletzer, James R. 1997. "Reexamining the Added Worker Effect." Economic Inquiry, Vol. 35, No. 2, pp. 417-427.
  • Loewenstein, Mark A. and James R. Spletzer. 1997. "Delayed Formal On-the-Job Training." Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 51, No. 1, pp. 82-99.
  • Altonji, Joseph and James R. Spletzer. 1991. "Worker Characteristics, Job Characteristics, and the Receipt of On-the-Job Training." Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 45, No. 1, pp. 58-79.



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