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Productivity Research and Program Development (DPR) Home Page


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The Division of Productivity Research and Program Development (DPRPD) works on strengthening and improving Bureau productivity measures and on understanding the sources and effects of productivity and technical change. The Division’s economists work on clarifying input and output concepts for productivity measures, using methods from microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, labor economics, industrial organization, econometrics, and statistics. Staff time is devoted partly to individual, long-term research on theoretical and empirical topics and writing working papers and publications.

The Division’s researchers help develop new methods and productivity statistics.  Division staff members helped develop more timely measures of multifactor productivity and measures of the effect of labor composition and research and development (R&D) on productivity growth. DPRPD researchers also helped develop new productivity measures in construction industries and the education sector.

Productivity Researchers:

Senior Research Economist

Jay Stewart

Productivity, hours measurement, and time use

Research Economists

Cindy Cunningham

Job design; use of technology; labor force skill and demographic composition; high-involvement workplace practices; automation and artificial intelligence; within-industry dispersion in productivity

Michael Giandrea

Sources, effects, and measurement of technological change; retirement patterns among American workers; capital measurement; labor’s share of output

Peter Meyer

Sources and effects of technological change; Classifications, especially of occupations; economic history; history of technology; invention of the airplane and its startup industry; prediction models

Sabrina Pabilonia

Productivity growth by U.S. state; within-industry dispersion in productivity; hours measurement; economics of technological change; self-employment; time use research; economics of education

Susan Powers

Productivity measurement; technical change; capital measurement; labor economics; productivity of education sector

Leo Sveikauskas

Research and development; intangibles; productivity growth; productivity in construction

Other research groups at BLS include: