Bhash Mazumder is a senior economist and research advisor in the economic research department and has been serving as the executive director of the Chicago Federal Statistical Research Data Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago since 2002. As a member of the microeconomic team, Mazumder conducts research in labor economics, education and health. His research has been focused in four areas: 1) intergenerational economic mobility, 2) the long-term effects of poor health early in life 3) black-white gaps in human capital development and 4) issues in household financial debt and decision making.
Mazumder’s research has been published in academic journals such as the Journal of Political Economy, American Economic Review, Quantitative Economics, Journal of Human Resources and the Review of Economics and Statistics. In addition to his research activities, Mazumder also oversees the operations of a research center enabling access to Census and other government agency microdata on behalf of a consortium of institutions including the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois system.
Mazumder previously worked at the Conference Board in New York and oversaw the transfer of the leading economic indicators from the Commerce Department to the Conference Board.
Mazumder received a B.A. in political science from New York University, an M.A. in economics from New York University and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley.