Michael Navarrete

Fields of Interest: Labor
and Macroeconomics


I am the Alice Rivlin Dissertation Fellow at the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy. I am Ph.D. candidate in the Economics department at the University of Maryland. I am also an economist at the U.S. Census Bureau, where I work on projects designed to modernize key economic statistics such as inflation using scanner-level data. I continue to work on the RESET project, which is supported by grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

My research is on unemployment insurance benefits with a focus on how administrative burdens at the onset of the pandemic contributed to a decline in consumption. I am also interested in income inequality, as well as how inflation rates vary geographically across the United States. I expect to receive my Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Maryland in May 2024. I received my BA in Economics and French from Williams College. For more information, visit my Brookings website or my University of Maryland website. To contact me directly, please email me at mnav@umd.edu.