Andrew Reamer Talk - June 25


History of Statistics IG Talk and Networking Event: The Development of the Federal Economic Statistical System: For Tariff-Setting (1789-1902)

This event will be held on June 25th at 3 pm ET.  We will spend some time networking, listen to Dr. Reamer's talk and then open the floor for discussion.  


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The Development of the Federal Economic Statistical System: For Tariff-Setting (1789-1902)


Talk Abstract: The United States government has one of the largest official statistics and data-gathering operations in the world.  How did this come to be?  The ASA HoS SIG presents a lecture tracing the important developments of official statistics in the USA and the effects of those efforts on the lives of ordinary Americans.

From the nation's founding through the early 20th century, tariff-setting was a critical, and contentious, congressional responsibility. Tariffs funding the federal government were seen as a key tool of national economic development, and had substantial impacts on constituent residents and businesses. To enable more informed and successful tariff decisions, over this period Congress regularly expanded executive branch capacity to provide current, accurate, detailed industry statistics.


Andrew Reamer’s research efforts aim to encourage U.S. national economic development and competitiveness. Areas of focus include strategic economic analysis and policy, innovation and entrepreneurship, workforce development, and the federal economic statistics system.  
Intended to inform public decision-makers, Reamer's work resides on the boundary between research and practice. His current sponsors include the American Economic Association, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness.  Reamer is a member of several federal advisory committees--the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Workforce Information Advisory Council, the Bureau of Economic Advisory Committee, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics Data Users Advisory Committee. 
Reamer joined GWIPP in 2010, after six years at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program and 20 years as a consultant in U.S. regional economic development and public policy. He received a Ph.D. in Economic Development and Public Policy and a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Economics at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.