Maurine Haver, president and founder of Haver Analytics, and John Haltiwanger, professor of economics at the University of Maryland, are the 2013 recipients of the Julius Shiskin Award for their outstanding contributions to the development of economic statistics systems and the use of data in interpreting the economy.
Haver served as NABE president from 1994-95 and continues to serve as chair of the organization's Statistics Committee. In her role as Statistics Committee chair and in her service on advisory committees to federal data agencies, she has played a key role in communicating concerns of data users to officials as they consider improvements, even in recent times of budget constraints. She was cited for these and other many other contributions by the Shiskin Award committee.
is one of three organizations that jointly confer the Shiskin Award each year. The other sponsors are the Washington Statistical Society and the Business and Economics Section of the American Statistical Association. Haver and Haltiwanger will be recognized at NABE's 55th Annual Meeting in San Francisco [link to story in this issue] September 7-10.
In the award committee's citation, both Haltiwanger and Haver "are recognized for initiatives to educate users and producers of key federal economic statistics." The award, named for Julius Shiskin, who served as commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics from 1973-78, recognizes unusually original and important contributions in the development of economic statistics or in the use of statistics in interpreting the economy.
Cited For Educating Users, Data Producers
Haver founded Haver Analytics in 1978 and it has evolved into a premier source of database products. Based in New York City, the firm also has offices in London and Singapore and at the outset was one of few firms that integrated documentation into its database products, according to the Shiskin citation.
"This effort quickly set the standard for disseminating these metadata, thereby significantly improving user knowledge of important aspects of various statistical programs.
The firm also featured timely, accurate, and easy-to-use U.S. economic statistics along with sophisticated analytical tools and graphics capabilities.
These improvements facilitated the analysis of economic data and broadened the use and dissemination of economic statistics to businesses, government policymakers, researchers, and the press," the award committee said. Haver expanded these efforts to the international sector with similar success.
has played a key role in the evolution of NABE's
10-year old Economic Measurement Seminar (EMS)-a prime example of how she
brings together data producers and private sector data users to the benefit of both camps.
In other instances, Haver works with NABE and other organizations to advocate for sufficient spending, especially in recent years when funding cuts have been implemented and others threatened in proposed legislation.
"When congressional funding for the 2012 Economic Census was in jeopardy, Ms. Haver worked with the American Economic Association to co-sponsor a briefing for Congress, "Hi-Beams for the Economic Road Ahead: The Importance of the 2012 Economic Census for Business and Government Decision-Making," the award committee said.
Recently legislation was introduced in the House that would end funding for surveys that are integral to virtually all economic statistics. "Ms.
reacted immediately and publically attacked the legislation as a threat to the types of reliable data that are critical to the proper functioning and success of U.S. businesses," the award committee pointed out.
Haver also continues to serve on several committees that advise federal data agencies. She serves on the Bureau of Economic Analysis Advisory Committee, the Bureau of Labor Statistics Advisory Committee, and has been named to the recently formed Financial Research Advisory Committee that will advise the Treasury Department office responsible for understanding and analyzing systemic financial risk, and serves as the chair of the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics (COPAFS).
Before establishing Haver Analytics, she was an economist in the economic forecasting group of General Electric in New York, a member of the international staff of Companie Bull General Electric in Paris, and a consultant at Chase Manhattan Bank in London.
is a recipient of NABE's Lifetime Achievement Award and the Butler Award granted by the New York Association for Business Economics
, a NABE chapter, to distinguished business economists.
She also is a fellow of NABE and of the Money Marketeers of New York University.