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Karen Kopecky

Research Economist and Assistant Policy Adviser

Research Department
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
1000 Peachtree Street N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30309-4470
404-498-8956
karen.kopecky@atl.frb.org
karenkopecky.net

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  • Biography

    Karen Kopecky is a research economist and assistant policy adviser in the research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Her major field of study is macroeconomics with particular interests in public finance, household/family economics, and computational methods for macroeconomic modeling.

    Prior to joining the Bank in 2010, she spent four years as an assistant professor of economics at the University of Western Ontario. From 2002 to 2005, Dr. Kopecky served as an instructor, teaching assistant and research assistant in the economics department at the University of Rochester. She was a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis during the fall of 2009. She has published her research in the Review of Economic Dynamics, the International Economic Review, and Theoretical Population Biology.

    Dr. Kopecky received a bachelor of arts degree in economics and a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a master's degree and doctorate in economics at the University of Rochester.

  • Research

    Publications

    "Finite State Markov-Chain Approximations to Highly Persistent Processes." Joint with Richard M. H. Suen. May 2009. Review of Economic Dynamics 13 (2010), pp. 701–714.

    "The Impact of Medical and Nursing Home Expenses and Social Insurance Policies on Savings and Inequality." Joint with Tatyana Koreshkova. November 2008. Submitted.

    "Measuring the Welfare Gain from Personal Computers." Joint with Jeremy Greenwood. (July 2007) NBER Working Paper 13592. Submitted.

    "The Trend in Retirement." July 2005. International Economic Review, forthcoming.

    "A Quantitative Analysis of Suburbanization and the Diffusion of the Automobile." Joint with Richard M. H. Suen. January 2004. International Economic Review, forthcoming.

    "A Situation in Which a Local Nontoxic Refuge Promotes Pest Resistance to Toxic Crops." Joint with Jemal Mohammed-Awel and John Ringland. Theoretical Population Biology 71 (2007), 131–146.

    Atlanta Fed Working Papers

    2011-5
    Measuring the Welfare Gain from Personal Computers: A Macroeconomic Approach
    Karen A. Kopecky and Jeremy Greenwood
    March 2011
    Abstract | Full text in PDF (275 KB)

    2010-19
    The Impact of Medical and Nursing Home Expenses and Social Insurance
    Karen A. Kopecky and Tatyana Koreshkova
    December 2010
    Abstract | Full text in PDF (513 KB)

    Conference Presentations

    Midwest Economic Association Meetings, March 2010, Evanston.

    Laboratory for Aggregate Economics and Finance, October 2009, Conference on Health and the Macroeconomy, University of California at Santa Barbara.

    Society for Economic Dynamics, July 2009, Annual Meetings, Istanbul.

    Canadian Macro Study Group, November 2008, Annual Meetings, Toronto.

    University of Rochester, October 2008, Wegman's Conference, Rochester.

    University of Kiel, September 2008, Conference on Income Distribution and the Family, Kiel.

    National Bureau of Economic Research Summer Institute, July 2008, Conference on Research in Income and Wealth, Cambridge.

    Society for Economic Dynamics, July 2008, Annual Meetings, Cambridge.

    Midwest Macro Meetings, May 2008, Philadelphia.

    University of Rochester, October 2007, Wegman's Conference, Rochester.

    Society for Economic Dynamics, July 2006, Annual Meetings, Vancouver.

    Laboratory for Aggregate Economics and Finance, June 2006, Housing Workshop, University of California at Santa Barbara.

    Midwest Macroeconomics Meetings, May 2006, St. Louis.

    Bank of Canada, April 2006, Labour Supply and Productivity Life Cycle Workshop, Ottawa.

    Stanford Institute for Theoretical Economics, August 2005, Summer Workshop on "The Nexus between Household Economics and the Macro Economy", Stanford.

    National Bureau of Economic Research, March 2005, Urban Economics Working Group Meeting, Cambridge.

    Society for Economic Dynamics, July 2004, Annual Meetings, Florence.

    Seminar Presentations

    University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, March 2010.

    Queen's University, March 2010.

    Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, January 2010.

    Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, August 2009.

    University of Wisconsin—Madison, March 2009.

    Wharton, December 2008.

    Concordia University, May 2007 and April 2008.

    Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, March 2007.

    University of Guelph, December 2006.

    York University, November 2006.

    University of Texas at San Antonio, April 2006.

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, April 2006.

    Cornell University, March 2006.

    University of Western Ontario, March 2006.

    Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, March 2006.

    Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, February 2006.

    University of California at Santa Barbara, January 2006.

    Purdue University, January 2006.

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, January 2006.

    Stanford University, January 2006.

    University of Rochester, October 2005.

    Discussions

    "The Young, the Old, and the Restless: Demographics and Business Cycle Volatility," by Henry Siu and Nir Jaimovich. Canadian Macro Study Group, November 2006.

  • Curriculum Vitae

    Employment

    2010–: Research Economist and Assistant Policy Adviser, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

    July 2006–July 2010: Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Western Ontario

    August 2009–November 2009: Long-term Visitor, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

    Education

    University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

    Ph.D. in Economics, October 2007
    M.A. in Economics, August 2003

    State University of New York at Buffalo, Amherst, NY

    B.A. in Economics, May 2001
    B.S. in Applied Mathematics, May 2001

    Referee Experience

    American Economic Review, International Economic Review, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Macroeconomic Dynamics, The B.E. Journals of Macroeconomics.