Bhash "Bhashkar" Mazumder is a senior economist and research advisor in the economic research department and executive director of the Chicago Census Research Data Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. As a member of the microeconomic team, Mazumder conducts research in labor economics, education and health. His recent research has focused on the long-term effects of poor health early in life. His research has been focused in three areas: intergenerational economic mobility; the long-term effects of poor health early in life; black-white gaps in human capital development.
Mazumder’s research has been published in academic journals such as the Journal of Political Economy, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Quantitative Economics, Journal of Human Resources and the Review of Economics and Statistics. His research has also been featured in the Chicago Fed Letter and Economic Perspectives.
In addition to his research activities, Mazumder also oversees the operations of a research center enabling access to census microdata on behalf of a consortium of institutions including the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois system.
Mazumder previously worked at the Conference Board in New York and oversaw the transfer of the leading economic indicators from the U.S. Commerce Department to the Conference Board.
Mazumder received a B.A. in political science from New York University, an M.A. in economics from New York University and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley.