ASA/NSF/BLS Fellowship Possible Research Topics
BLS is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government
in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. We are responsible
for the development and publication of data on employment and
unemployment, prices and living conditions, compensation and working
conditions, productivity measurement, and economic growth and employment
Fellows have a unique opportunity to make major advances in
methodology and applications in a number of areas. Some sample topics
are listed below. However, applicants are encouraged to propose studies
in any socioeconomic or methodological areas that are applicable to BLS
data or have the potential of encouraging further significant
For more information, refer to a listing of previous ASA/NSF/BLS fellows and their research projects.
main Fellowship page for more information on eligibility and application requirements.
Proposals in this area should be for research projects generally applicable to the collection, processing, or analysis of BLS data. Topic suggestions include:
- Statistical Quality Control
- Item Imputation
- Small Domain Estimation
- Time Series Methods
- Statistical Methods for Data Analysis
- Statistical Graphics and Data Visualization
- Disclosure Limitation /
- Information Dissemination
See more information about these statistical topics.
Proposals under this topic would include theoretical or empirical studies designed
to improve BLS statistical programs. Research could focus on defining
and refining the concepts to be measured or could analyze a variety of
topics relating to labor markets, prices, and productivity. Topic suggestions include:
- Measurement of Labor Force Characteristics
- Determining Job Requirements
- Measurement and Analysis of Labor Cost
- Time Use
- Incidence of Injuries and Illnesses
- Price Measurement
- Measurement of Consumer Expenditures
- Output Definition
See more information about these economic topics.
Behavioral science research approaches help to better understand psychological, sociological, and anthropological factors in the survey data collection process. Research in this area could be conducted with existing data or with studies conducted in the field or in the BLS Behavioral Science Research Laboratory.
Topic suggestions include:
- Respondent-Interviewer Interactions
- Autobiographical Memory
- Nonresponse in Establishment Surveys
- Mode Effects and Data Management
- Usability of Data Collection, Analysis, and Dissemination Systems
- Accessibility and Section 508 Compliance
See more information about these behavioral topics.
Last Modified Date: February 16, 2016