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Julius Shiskin Award

1 March 2015 27 views No Comment

Nominations are invited for the annual Julius Shiskin Memorial Award for Economic Statistics. The award is given in recognition of unusually original and important contributions to the development of economic statistics or in the use of statistics to interpret the economy. Contributions can be in development of new statistical measures, statistical research, use of economic statistics to analyze and interpret economic activity, development of statistical tools, management of statistical programs, or application of data production techniques.

Individuals and groups in the public or private sector from any country can be nominated. The award will be presented with an honorarium of $1,000 plus additional recognition from the sponsors: Washington Statistical Society, National Association for Business Economics, and ASA Business and Economics Statistics Section. Nomination forms are available here. Completed nominations must be received by March 16.

The award was established in 1980 in memory of Julius Shiskin, who had a varied and remarkable public service career. At the time of his death in 1978, “Julie” was commissioner for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. He earlier served as chief statistician at the Office of Management and Budget and chief economic statistician and assistant director of the U.S. Census Bureau. Shiskin published Signals of Recession and Recovery, which laid the groundwork for the calculation of monthly economic indicators, and developed the monthly Census Bureau report Business Conditions Digest to disseminate them to the public.

Julia Ingrid Lane, senior managing economist and institute fellow at the American Institutes for Research, received the award in 2014 for her contributions to the development of a new Census Bureau program that significantly advanced research on employment dynamics.

For details, contact Thomas Evans, award committee secretary.

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