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Cindy Cunningham, Ph.D.

Research Economist,
Division of Productivity Research and Program Development

Contact Information Phone 202-691-5680
E-mail E-mail
Fields of Interest Job design; workers use of technology; labor force skill and demographic composition; economics of higher education; high-involvement workplace practices

University of Texas at Austin, 2000, Ph.D., Economics
University of California at Los Angeles, 1988, B.A., Philosophy

Professional Experience

Research Economist, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2000-present
Instructor, University of Texas at Austin, 1999-2000
Research Assistant, University of Texas at Austin, 1995-1999
Research Assistant, Milken Institute for Job and Capital Formation, 1990-1995

Selected Publications and Working Papers

  • Opening the Black Box: Task and Skill Mix and Productivity Dispersion” (with G. Jacob Blackwood, Cindy Cunningham, Matthew Dey, Lucia Foster, Cheryl Grim, John Haltiwanger, Rachel Nesbit, Sabrina Pabilonia, Cody Tuttle, and Zoltan Wolf). BLS Working Paper No. 558. September 2022.
  • Chaos Before Order: Productivity Patterns in U.S. Manufacturing”, (with Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia, Jay Stewart, Lucia Foster, Cheryl Grim, John Haltiwanger, and Zoltan Wolf). International Productivity Monitor 41, Fall 2021, 138-152.
  • Using tools to distinguish general and occupation-specific skills”, (with Robert D. Mohr). Journal for Labour Market Research, Springer; Institute for Employment Research / Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), vol. 53(1), pages 1-11, December 2019.
  • “Job Characteristics and Labor Market Discrimination in Promotions” (with Jed DeVaro and Suman Ghosh) Industrial Relations April 2018.
  • Wage and Job-Skill Distributions in the National Compensation Survey” (with Robert D. Mohr). Monthly Labor Review, February 2017.
  • “Occupations, Human Capital and Skill” (with Alec Levenson) Journal of Labor Research, Forthcoming 2011.
  • “Measuring Labor Composition: A Comparison of Alternate Methodologies”, in Labor in the New Economy, Katharine G. Abraham, James R. Spletzer, and Michael J. Harper, eds., NBER Studies in Income and Wealth, University of Chicago Press, 2010.
  • “Why Are Jobs Designed the Way They Are?” (with Michael Gibbs and Alec Levenson) Research in Labor Economics 30, 2010.
  • “The Decentralization of Decision Making and Employee Involvement within the Workplace: Evidence from Four Establishment Datasets” (with Robert D. Mohr) British Journal of Industrial Relations, 2011.
  • “Workplace Organization and Innovation” (with Robert D. Mohr and Peter B. Meyer) Canadian Journal of Economics, May 2010.
  • “High-Involvement Work Design and Job Satisfaction” Industrial and Labor Relations Review 61(3), April 2008.
  • “Which Workers Gain Upon Adopting a Computer” (with Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia) Canadian Journal of Economics 40(2), May 2007.
  • “Returning to the Returns to Computer Use” (with Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia) American Economics Associations Papers and Proceedings 95(2), May 2005.
  • “Why Have Public University Professors Done So Badly?” Economics of Education Review 22(1), 2003.


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Last Modified Date: October 10, 2018