Dr. Eberts’ current research examines various aspects of the federal and state workforce development system and regional economic development issues. Most recently, he has been working with the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor to establish a transparent and objective system of setting performance targets for federal and state workforce programs.
The system is based upon econometric analysis of the factors that influence performance outcomes, which are then used to distribute national targets to states and local workforce areas. He has also used merged administrative data to estimate the net impact of various workforce programs and to development management tools to help improve the performance of the public workforce development system.
Dr. Eberts was appointed to the position of executive director of the Institute in 1993 and president in 2008. Immediately prior to joining the Institute, he had served as assistant vice president and economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Previous positions include associate professor of economics at the University of Oregon, visiting professor at Texas A&M University, assistant vice president and economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, and senior Staff economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. Dr. Eberts received his Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University in 1978.