McCormick Foundation Professor

About Bruce D. Meyer

Bruce D. Meyer, the McCormick Foundation Professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, studies poverty and inequality, tax policy, government safety net programs such as unemployment insurance, workers' compensation, food stamps, and Medicaid, and the accuracy of household surveys. His most recent work includes research on trends in poverty and inequality, the consequences of disability, the effects of Medicaid, and the accuracy of household surveys.

Meyer received his BA and MA in economics from Northwestern University and his PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been at the University of Chicago since 2004. From 1987 to 2004, Meyer was a professor in the Economics Department at Northwestern University. He has also been a visiting professor at Harvard University, University College London, and Princeton University, a member of the Institute for Research on Poverty, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research. He is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. Meyer has also served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, Human Resources Development Canada, Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, and Mathematica Policy Research.

Selected Working Papers

Selected Published Papers

Media and Testimony

  • "Bruce Meyer on the middle Class, Povery, and Inequality," (Library of Economics and Liberty, October 3, 2011). Bruce Meyer discusses underreporting of government benefits.
  • "Counting Stimulus Jobs Is No Easy Task," (National Public Radio, March 27, 2009). Bruce Meyer comments on the difficulty of counting jobs saved or created by the federal stimulus package.
  • "Measuring American Poverty" (PDF) Statement of Bruce D. Meyer, Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support of the House Committee on Ways and Means, July 17, 2008.