Jim Spletzer received his Bachelor's degree in economics and mathematics from Knox College in 1985, and his Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University in 1990. He joined the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 1990 as a research economist, and became the Director of Research for the Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics in 2001. He joined the U.S. Census Bureau in 2012 as Principal Economist for the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) program in the Center for Economic Studies. Mr. Spletzer has published widely on many topics such as the measurement of wage trends, gross job and worker flows, and employer-provided training. He is a co-editor of the books "The Creation and Analysis of Employer-Employee Matched Data" and "Labor in the New Economy." His current research interests are employment dynamics, economic measurement, and the applications of linked employer-employee data.

Mr. Spletzer joined IZA as a Research Fellow in May 2002 and serves in his personal capacity.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10223

It is well known that the long-term unemployed fare worse in the labor market than the short-term unemployed, but less clear why this is so. One potential explanation is that the long-term unemployed are "bad apples" who had poorer prospects from the outset of their spells (heterogeneity). Another is that...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9776
published in: Labour Economics, 2016, 41(1): 363-377

There has been a shift in the U.S. job tenure distribution toward longer-duration jobs since 2000. This change is apparent both in the tenure supplements to the Current Population Survey and the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics matched employer-employee data. A substantial portion of these changes are caused by the ageing of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9294
Elizabeth Handwerker, James R. Spletzer

This paper uses the microdata of the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey to assess the contribution of occupational concentration to wage inequality between establishments and its growth over time. We show that occupational concentration plays an important role in wage determination for workers, in a wide variety of occupations, and...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8805
published in: Labour Economics, 2017, 46(1): 166-176

Rates of hiring and job separation fell by as much as a third in the U.S. between the late 1990s and the early 2010s. Half of this decline is associated with the declining incidence of jobs that start and end in the same calendar quarter, employment events that we call...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7231
published in: IZA Journal of Labor Economics, 2013, 2:5

In recent years, the rate at which workers and businesses exchange jobs has declined in the United States. Between 1998 and 2010, rates of job creation, job destruction, hiring, and separation declined dramatically, and the rate of job-to-job flows fell by about half. Little is known about the nature and...