Professor Katharine Abraham was recognized at the annual meetings of the American Economic Association earlier in
January as one of four newly-elected Distinguished Fellows of the Association. The citation for the award notes her
work on topics that have included unemployment and labor market slack, the operation of internal labor markets,
firms’ outsourcing decisions and use of outside contractors, alternative work arrangements and informal labor market
activity, and a range of issues related to the measurement of economic activity. It also notes her distinguished
career in government, including service as the Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) from 1993
to 2001 and as a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors from 2011 to 2013.
The full citation is available to view at the American Economics