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Matthew D. Shapiro

Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center.

Lawrence R. Klein Collegiate Professor, Economics.

Research Professor, Survey Research Center.

Professor, Economics.

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Shapiro's research interests include investment and capital utilization, business-cycle fluctuations, consumption and saving, financial markets, fiscal policy, monetary policy, time-series econometrics, economics of aging, economic measurement, and survey methodology. Among his current research interests are modeling saving, retirement, health, insurance, and portfolio choices of older Americans; using surveys to address questions in macroeconomics and individual decisionmaking; modeling how changes in tax policy affect consumption, investment, employment, and output; improving the quality of national economic statistics; and using naturally-occurring data such as account records and social media to measure and understand economic activity.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Gelman, Michael, Shachar Kariv, Matthew D. Shapiro, Daniel Silverman, and Steven Tadelis. 2014. "Harnessing naturally occurring data to measure the response of spending to income." Science, 345(6193): 212-215. DOI. Abstract.

Dominguez, Kathryn, and Matthew D. Shapiro. 2013. "Forecasting the Recovery from the Great Recession: Is This Time Different?" American Economic Review, 103(3): 147-52. DOI. Abstract.

Sahm, Claudia R., Matthew D. Shapiro, and Joel Slemrod. 2012. "Check in the Mail or More in the Paycheck: Does the Effectiveness of Fiscal Stimulus Depend on How It Is Delivered?" American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 4(3): 216-250. PMCID: PMC3747574. DOI.

Elsby, Michael W.L., and Matthew D. Shapiro. 2012. "Why does trend growth affect equilibrium employment? A new explanation of an old puzzle." American Economic Review, 102(4): 1378-1413. DOI. Abstract.


Sahm, Claudia R., Matthew D. Shapiro, and Joel Slemrod. 2010. "Household Response to the 2008 Tax Rebate: Survey Evidence and Aggregate Implications." In Tax Policy and the Economy. Vol. 24. edited by Jeffery R. Brown. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Abstract.

Other Reports

Sahm, Claudia R., Matthew D. Shapiro, and Joel Slemrod. 2010. "Check in the mail or more in the paycheck: does the effectiveness of fiscal stimulus depend on how it is delivered?" Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research)Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research. Abstract.

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Current PSC Trainee:

Margaret Lay.