Ellen Rissman is an assistant vice president of business cycle analysis and communications in the economic research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. In that position, she provides policy analysis and communications support to the president and other senior executives at the Chicago Fed and is actively engaged in public outreach efforts. Her primary research interests include self-employment and entrepreneurship, structural change in the labor market, and wage dynamics. Her research has been published in the Journal of Monetary Economics and the Journal of Labor Economics and has also been featured in Economic Perspectives and Chicago Fed Letter—the Chicago Fed’s research periodicals. In addition, she closely follows national and regional developments in government spending and revenues.
Rissman joined the Chicago Fed in 1985 as a research economist. She received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan and a master’s and doctorate in economics from Northwestern University. Rissman is currently an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies.
Publications in Refereed Journals
“Wage Growth and Sectoral Shifts: Phillips Curve Redux”, Journal of Monetary Economics, Vol. 31, No. 3, (June 1993), pp. 395-416.
“Where Have All the Union Members Gone?” (with George R. Neumann), Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 2, No. 2, Essays in Honor of Melvin W. Reder (Apr. 1984), pp. 175-192.
Additional Working Papers
“The quest for the natural rate: evidence from a measure of labor market turbulence”, WP-98-10, September 1998.
“Wage Growth and Sectoral Shifts: Phillips Curve Redux”, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, WP-92-23, December 1992.
“Trade policy and union wage dynamics”, WP-89-19, September 1989.
“Imports, Trade Policy, and Union Wage Dynamics,” Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, SM- 88-11, August 1988.