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      Steven J. Davis is an applied economist who studies business dynamics, worker mobility, job loss, labor market institutions, economic fluctuations, public policy and other topics. His research appears in the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics and other leading scholarly journals. more

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Third Asian Monetary Policy Forum, 27 May 2016, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore.  Speakers include Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Professor Professor Ken Rogoff, Dr. Zhu Min, and Professor Olivier Blanchard.  Link to program and additional information.                                                    

Comments on "State Taxation and the Reallocation of Business Activity" by Xavier Giroud and Joshua Rauh. 03 January 2016. Slides

"Regulatory Complexity and Policy Uncertainty: Headwinds of Our Own Making," Hoover Institution Working Paper 15118, December 2015.

"Can Innovation save the U.S. Economy?"  Capital Ideas, 27 January 2015.

"Political gridlock, the economy, and your portfolio: Analyzing the damaging effects of government-related uncertainty,".  Capital Ideas, 18 September 2014.

"Millions of job openings, so why aren’t companies hiring?"  Yahoo Finance, 04 September 2014.

"Global financial shocks: What can emerging economies do?"  Capital Ideas, 02 September 2014.

"The price of policy uncertainty," by Robin Mordfin  Capital Ideas, 02 September 2014.

"Labor Market Fluidity and Economic Performance," with John Haltiwanger 26 November 2014. Cato Research Brief

"Recruitment and Vacancy Durations in Germany" .  with Christof Röttger, Anja Warning (née Kettner) and Enzo Weber, Regensburger Diskussionsbeiträge zur Wirtschaftswissenschaft 481. June 2014.

"Why Has US Policy Uncertainty Risen Since 1960?"  with Scott R. Baker, Nicholas Bloom, Brandice Canes-Wrone, and Jonathan Rodden. NBER Working Paper #19826.  American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, May 2014.

"The Economics of Climate Change: Cocktails and Conversation with William Nordhaus".  University Club, Chicago, 16 April 2014.

"Private Equity, Jobs, and Productivity,"  with John Haltiwanger, Ron Jarmin, Josh Lerner and Javier Miranda. NBER Working paper No. 19458, Forthcoming, American Economic Review, December 2014. Slides. Data and Program Files.

Improving Productivity: Private, Social and Public Sector Perspectives, Delhi, India  March 2014.Slides.

"Policy Uncertainty Matters,"  Capital Ideas Magazine, 1 December 2013.

"Electricity Unit Value Prices and Purchase Quantities: U.S. Manufacturing Plants, 1963-2000".  with Cheryl Grim, John Haltiwanger and Mary Streitwieser. Review of Economics and Statistics, 01 October 2013. Supplementary Appendix.

Fall 2013 Course Outline and Reading List for Applied Macroeconomics - Micro Data for Macro Models  24 September 2013.Lecture Notes.

"Occupation-Level Income Shocks and Asset Returns: Their Covariance and Implications for Portfolio Choice".  with Paul Willen. Quarterly Journal of Finance, September 2013.NBER Working Paper version available here.

Comments on "Gross Worker Flows Over the Business Cycle"  with Krusell, Mukoyama, Rogerson and Sahin. 13 September 2013.Slides.

"Straw Man Bites the Dust: A Response to Paul Krugman on Policy Uncertainty."  Capital Ideas Blog, 12 August 2013.

Comments on "Can Unemployment Insurance Spur Entrepreneurial Activity: Evidence from France" by Hombert, Schoar, Sraer and Thesmar Slides.  16 July 2013. Notes.

"Measuring Economic Policy Uncertainty," with Scott Baker and Nicholas Bloom. 10 March 2016.Slides.Data.


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William H. Abbott Distinguished Service Professor of International Business and Economics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
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Former Editor, American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics
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Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution

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Member, EIG Economic Advisory Board