Martha Bailey is an associate professor of economics and a research associate professor in the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. She is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Bailey received her BA from Agnes Scott College in 1997 and her PhD from Vanderbilt University in 2005. Prior to joining the University of Michigan economics faculty in 2007, she was a scholar in health policy research in the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Program. She has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Economic History. She currently serves as the journal's book review editor for the Americas and as a deputy editor at Demography. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation. In 2013, she was awarded the University of Michigan Class of 1923 Memorial Teaching Award, a college-level award for the outstanding teaching of undergraduates.
Bailey's research focuses on issues in labor economics, demography, and health in the United States, within the longer-run perspective of economic history. Her research has examined the implications of the diffusion of modern contraception for women's childbearing, career decisions, and the convergence in the gender gap. Her most recent projects focus on evaluating the shorter- and longer-term effects of Great Society programs, including a recently published book (coedited with Sheldon Danziger), Legacies of the War on Poverty.
U.S. Department of Commerce Undersecretary Mark Doms serves as a top economic adviser to the Department of Commerce and the Obama Administration. In this capacity, he contributes to policies and discussions on a wide range of issues including trade, manufacturing, taxation, innovation, competiveness, retirement security, immigration, and education. Doms also leads the Economics and Statistics Administration, which includes two of our nation's leading information agencies: the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). These agencies collect and produce information on the United States' dynamic population and economy, providing vital data to our nation's citizens, businesses, and leaders. The Census Bureau and BEA have a combined staff of more than 10,000 and a budget exceeding $1 billion. Doms also serves as the Commerce Secretary's appointed board representative to the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation.
From 2009 until he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as undersecretary for economic affairs, Doms was the chief economist at the Department of Commerce. In that capacity, he frequently met with business leaders from across the country, listening to their concerns and insights and providing overviews of the U.S. economy. Doms and his staff produced reports on the middle class, intellectual property, broadband adoption, STEM education, and U.S. competitiveness, among other subjects. Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Doms spent most of his career in the Federal Reserve System, helping guide monetary policy. He is a leading researcher and expert in the areas of innovation, productivity, wages, manufacturing, and price measurement. Doms received a BA in mathematics and economics from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and a PhD in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.