Kelly Distinguished Lecture on Robots and Jobs—John C. Haltiwanger

IRIM’s new lecture series, the Kelly Distinguished Lecture on Robots and Jobs, features preeminent scholars in fields of significance to robotics. The visiting lecturers, in addition to presenting seminars on topics relevant to robots in the workplace, participate in informal discussions with Georgia Tech faculty and students.

The third Kelly Distinguished Lecturer, John C. Haltiwanger, will present “Examining the Slow, Noisy, and Complex Process of Technology Adoption” on Friday, March 31. He is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland and recently participated on a National Academy Panel on Information Technology, Automation, and the U.S. Workforce.

A reception will immediately follow the event.

  • To learn more about the lecture series or watch the first Kelly lecture, please visit the IRIM website.


John C. Haltiwanger is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland. He is the first recipient of the Dudley and Louisa Dillard Professorship, presented in 2013. After serving on the faculty of UCLA and Johns Hopkins, he joined the faculty at Maryland in 1987.

In the late 1990s, Haltiwanger served as chief economist of the U.S. Census Bureau. He is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a fellow of the Society of Labor Economics, a fellow of the Econometric Society and a senior research fellow at the Center for Economic Studies at the U.S. Census Bureau.

Haltiwanger has played a major role in developing and studying U.S. longitudinal firm-level data and matched employer-employee data. Using these data, he has developed new statistical measures on business dynamism and labor market fluidity. He has explored the implications of these micro-based measures of firm and worker dynamics for aggregate U.S. productivity growth and for the contribution of entrepreneurs to U.S. economic performance. The statistical and measurement methods he has helped develop to measure and study firm and worker dynamics have been increasingly used by many statistical agencies around the world.

He received the Julius Shiskin Award for economic statistics in 2013, and the Roger Herriot Award for innovation in statistics in 2014, for his work with the statistical agencies. Haltiwanger has published more than 100 academic articles and numerous books including Job Creation and Destruction (with Steven Davis and Scott Schuh, MIT Press). He received his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University in 1981.

Event Details


  • Friday, March 31, 2017
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Scheller College of Business, Room 200

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