Barry Bosworth, the Robert V. Roosa Chair in International Economics at the Brookings Institution, and Danny Pfeffermann, director of Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, will receive the 2018 Julius Shiskin Memorial Award for Economic Statistics.
Bosworth and Pfeffermann are the 46th and 47st recipients of the award. They will be honored at events hosted by the three sponsors of the award: the Washington Statistical Society, the National Association for Business Economics, and the Business and Economics Section of the American Statistical Association
The award recognizes unusually original and important contributions in the development of economic statistics or in the use of statistics in interpreting the economy. Its namesake was the top economist at the U.S. War production Board during World War II, later was the chief of the Economic Research and Analysis Division and assistant director for program planning and evaluation at the Census Bureau, and was named commissioner of Labor Statistics at the Office of Management and Budget in 1973. Shiskin died in 1978.
Bosworth, a senior fellow in the Economics Studies Program at Brookings, is recognized for conducting research using key federal government statistical programs to study topics such capital formation, saving, and productivity growth, and for advising federal statistical agencies to improve these programs.
Pfeffermann is professor of statistics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the University of Southampton. He is known for collaborating with statistical agencies around the world to improve several major programs such as time series small area estimation, estimation of mean square error of seasonally adjusted and trend estimators, and modeling of complex survey data, accounting for informative sampling and nonresponse.