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Christopher J. Kurz

Education

  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Michigan, 2005
  • M.A., Economics, University of Michigan, 2000
  • B.A., Economics, University of Texas - Austin, 1998
Current Research Topics
  • Nontraditional (big) Data and Economic Measurement
  • International Trade and Offshoring
  • Chief

    Industrial Output

    2019 - present
  • Group Manager

    FRB Expanded Measurement Agenda

    2016 - 2019
  • Visiting Scholar

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra

    2016
  • Principal Economist

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

    2012 - 2016
  • Adjunct Professor

    The Johns Hopkins University

    2013 - 2015
  • Visiting Scholar

    Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

    2010
  • Adjunct Professor

    Johns Hopkins University - School of Advanced International Studies

    2006 - 2008
  • Economist

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

    2005 - 2012
  • Cajner, Tomaz, Leland D. Crane, Ryan A. Decker, Adrian Hamins-Puertolas, and Christopher Kurz (forthcoming). "Improving the Accuracy of Economic Measurement with Multiple Data Sources: The Case of Payroll Employment Data, in Katharine G. Abraham, Ron S. Jarmin, Brian Moyer, and Matthew D. Shapiro (eds.), Big Data for 21st Century Economic Statistics, NBER Book Series Studies in Income and Wealth. The University of Chicago Press.
  • Crane, Leland D., Ryan A. Decker, Aaron Flaaen, Adrian Hamins-Puertolas, and Christopher Kurz (2020). "Business Exit During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Non-Traditional Measures in Historical Context," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2020-089. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
  • Cajner, Tomaz, Leland D. Crane, Ryan A. Decker, John Grigsby, Adrian Hamins-Puertolas, Erik Hurst, Christopher Kurz, and Ahu Yildirmaz (2020). "The U.S. Labor Market during the Beginning of the Pandemic Recession," NBER Working Paper No. 27159. The National Bureau of Economic Research.
  • Cajner, Tomaz, Leland D. Crane, Ryan A. Decker, Adrian Hamins-Puertolas, and Christopher Kurz (2020). "Tracking Labor Market Developments during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Preliminary Assessment," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2020-030. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
  • Brownlees, Christian, Ben Chabot, Eric Ghysels, and Christopher Kurz (2020). "Back to the Future: Backtesting Systemic Risk Measures during Historical Bank Runs and the Great Depression," Journal of Banking & Finance, vol. 113 (April).
  • Kurz, Christopher J., Geng Li, and Daniel J. Vine (2019). "Are Millennials Different?," in Andrew Haughwout and Benjamin Mandel, eds., Handbook of US Consumer Economics, pp. 193-232.
  • Cajner, Tomaz, Leland D. Crane, Ryan A. Decker, Adrian Hamins-Puertolas, and Christopher Kurz (2019). "Improving the Accuracy of Economic Measurement with Multiple Data Sources: The Case of Payroll Employment Data," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2019-065. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
  • Cajner, Tomaz, Leland D. Crane, Ryan A. Decker, Adrian Hamins-Puertolas, and Christopher Kurz (2019). "Tracking the Labor Market with "Big Data"," FEDS Notes 2019-09-20. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
  • Cajner, Tomaz, Leland Crane, Ryan Decker, Adrian Hamins-Puertolas, Christopher Kurz, and Tyler Radler (2018). "Using Payroll Processor Microdata to Measure Aggregate Labor Market Activity," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2018-005. Washington: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
  • Kurz, Christopher, and Mine Z. Senses (2016). "Importing, Exporting, and Firm-Level Employment Volatility," Journal of International Economics, vol. 98, pp. 160-175.
  • Kurz, Christopher, Geng Li, and Daniel Vine (2016). "The Young and the Carless? The Demographics of New Vehicle Purchases," FEDS Notes 2016-06-24. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
  • Kurz, Christopher J., and Norman J. Morin (2016). "Annual Data on Investment and Capital Stocks," FEDS Notes 2016-03-02. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
  • Kurz, Christopher Johann, and Geng Li (2015). "Who Drives Luxury Cars (Only for a While)?" FEDS Notes 2015-06-01. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
  • Kurz, Christopher and Geng Li (2015). "How Does Student Loan Debt Affect Light Vehicle Purchases?" FEDS Notes 2015-02-02. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.)
  • Bombardini, Matilde, Christopher J. Kurz, and Peter M. Morrow (2012). "Ricardian Trade and the Impact of Domestic Competition on Export Performance," Canadian Journal of Economics, vol. 45, no. 2, pp. 585-612.
  • Houseman, Susan, Christopher Kurz, Paul Lengermann, and Benjamin Mandel (2011). "Offshoring Bias in U.S. Manufacturing," Journal of Economic Perspectives, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 111-132.
  • Houseman, Susan, Christopher Kurz, Paul Lengermann, and Benjamin Mandel (2010). "Offshoring Bias in U.S. Manufacturing: Implications for Productivity and Value Added," International Finance Discussion Papers 1007. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
  • Chabot, Benjamin R., and Christopher J. Kurz (2010). "That's Where the Money was: Foreign Bias and English Investment Abroad, 1866-1907," Economic Journal, vol. 120, no. 547, pp. 1056-1080.
  • Burstein, Ariel, Christopher Kurz, and Linda Tesar (2008). "Trade, Production Sharing, and the International Transmission of Business Cycles," Journal of Monetary Economics, vol. 55, no. 4, pp. 775-795.
  • Kurz, Christopher Johann (2006). "Outstanding Outsourcers: A Firm- and Plant-Level Analysis of Production Sharing," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2006-04. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
  • Kurz, Christopher, and A. Norman et al (2004). "On the Computational Complexity of Consumer Decision Rules," Computational Economics, 23, no. 2, pp. 173-192.
  • Kurz, Christopher, and A. Norman et al. (2003). "An Ordering Experiment," Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol. 50, no. 2, pp. 249-262.
  • conference

    January 2013

    ASSA Meetings, San Diego

    Trading Plants and Volatility

  • seminar

    June 2012

    United States International Trade Commission

  • seminar

    May 2012

    Office of Tax Analysis, Department of the Treasury

  • conference

    March 2012

    Washington Area International Trade Symposium

  • conference

    November 2011

    Southeast Economics Meetings

  • seminar

    November 2011

    Center for Economic Studies, Census Bureau

  • conference

    November 2010

    CES Research Data Center Conference

  • conference

    July 2012

    World Congress of Economic History, Stellenbosch

    British Investment Trusts: The Precursors of Modern Structured Finance

  • conference

    August 2011

    Microeconomic Aspects of the Globalization of Inflation

    Offshoring Bias and U.S. Manufacturing: Implications for Productivity and Value Added

  • seminar

    December 2010

    George Washington University

  • conference

    July 2010

    NBER Summer Institute CRIW

  • conference

    November 2009

    Conference on Measurement Issues Arising from Globalization

    Simulating the Effects of Import Price Mismeasurement on Output and Productivity Measures

  • seminar

    June 2011

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

    Using Census Microdata to Forecast U.S. Aggregate Productivity

  • conference

    October 2010

    Comparative Analysis of Enterprise Data

    Firm Heterogeneity and Ricardian Trade: The Impact of Domestic Competition on Export Performance

Awards
  • 2012

    Canadian Economics Association

    Harry Johnson Prize

Conference Organization
  • 2018 | Bank of England

    Modelling with Big Data and Machine Learning

    Conference Co-Organizer

  • 2011-2016 | George Washington University

    Washington Area International Trade Symposium

    Conference Co-Organizer

  • 2019 | Federal Reserve Board

    Nontraditional Data, Machine Learning, and Natural Language Processing in Macroeconomics

    Conference Co-Organizer

Referee
  • American Economic Review
  • American Economic Journal: Economic Policy/Macro
  • The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics
  • Economic Journal
  • Eastern Economic Journal
  • European Economic Review
  • International Finance
  • Journal of Economics and Business
  • Journal of International Economics
  • Journal of International Money and Finance
  • The Journal of International Trade & Economic Development
  • The Review of Economics and Statistics
Professional Affiliation
  • NBER/CRIW member since 2016
Last update: January 11, 2021