Merrick Lecture: John Haltiwanger

The economics department is delighted to announce that John Haltiwanger (University of Maryland) will give a Merrick Lecture on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 1:30- 2:30pm in the Great Hall of Garett Hall. John Haltiwanger’s talk is entitled

Declining Business Dynamism and Entrepreneurship in the U.S.:  Cause for Concern?

The talk is intended for the general UVa community.

John Haltiwanger has played a major role in developing and studying U.S. longitudinal firm-level data. Using these data, he has developed new statistical measures and analyzed the determinants of firm-level job creation, job destruction and economic performance. He has explored the implications of these firm dynamics for aggregate U.S. productivity growth and for the U.S. labor market.

John Haltiwanger is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland. He is also the first recipient of the Dudley and Louisa Dillard Professorship in 2013. He received his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University in 1981. The statistical and measurement methods he has helped develop to measure and study firm dynamics have been increasingly used by many statistical agencies around the world. His work with the statistical agencies has been recently recognized in his being awarded the Julius Shiskin Award for economic statistics in 2013 and the Roger Herriott Award for innovation in federal statistics in 2014. He has published more than 100 academic articles and numerous books including Job Creation and Destruction (with Steven Davis and Scott Schuh, MIT Press).