Major Contributions

2014 CoFounder (with Jason Owen Smith, Rebecca Rosen, Barb McFadden Allen and Bruce Weinberg) of the Institute for Research on Innovation and Science (IRIS) at the University of Michigan.

2009-present Initiated and led the “Science and Technology for America’s Reinvestment: Measuring the EffecTs of Research on Innovation, Competitiveness and Science” (STAR METRICS) program (https://starmetrics.nih.gov ) . This program is being developed by NIH and NSF under the auspices of OSTP. The program has two goals. The first is to create, for the first time, a longitudinal scientific frame of all individuals funded by federal science agencies, combined with data on awards (i.e. treatments). The program is also developing a wide variety of economic, scientific, workforce and social outcomes are being matched to information about individual researchers. A similar approach is being adopted by the Japanese government; similar approaches are now being considered by the European Union and China

2005 -2007 Conceptualized and led the establishment of the NORC/University of Chicago data enclave http://www.norc.uchicago.edu/DataEnclave/ ). This provides a confidential, protected environment within which authorized researchers can access sensitive microdata remotely and provides data producers with a secure dissemination platform. It now hosts confidential data for four federal agencies and two private foundations.

1997-2004 Led the creation and permanent establishment of the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics Program at the U.S. Census Bureau. This program began as a small two year ASA Census Bureau fellowship and evolved into the first large- scale linked employer-employee dataset in the United States. It is now a permanent Census Bureau program (http://lehd.dsd.census.gov ) with appropriated funds of $11 million/year. It also subsequently received a Department of Commerce Gold Medal. For a review of my contribution, see (http://www.economicprincipals.com/issues/2010.12.13/1209.html)