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Keith Hall Named USITC Chief Economist and Director of Economics

September 8, 2014
News Release 14-092
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
Keith Hall Named USITC Chief Economist and Director of Economics

Meredith M. Broadbent, Chairman of the United States International Trade Commission (USITC), announced today that Keith Hall has been named Chief Economist and Director, Office of Economics, at the USITC.

Hall will serve as the Commission's chief economic adviser; direct the agency's professional economists; and support the Commission in its role as adviser to Congress and the President on international trade matters.

Hall brings to the position a broad range of government and academic experience as well as recognized expertise in economic modeling, statistical methods, and economic data.

"The Commission joins me in welcoming Keith Hall back to the USITC, where he will build on contributions he has already made to our methodologies for estimating the effects of trade policy on the U.S. economy, productivity, and employment," said Chairman Meredith M. Broadbent.

Hall served as Commissioner of the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics from 2008-2012. From 2005-2008, Hall was the Chief Economist of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. From 2002-2005, Hall served as the Chief Economist for both the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Economics and Statistics Administration.

Hall spent 10 years at the USITC earlier in his career. He was a visiting scholar in the Office of Economics from 1991-1992. From 1993-2001, he served as Chief of the Applied Economics Division, and he became a Senior International Economist at the USITC in 2001.

Hall comes to the USITC from a position as a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University (GMU). He has also held positions as an adjunct professor at GMU's School of Public Policy, Georgetown University's Department of Economics, and George Washington University's Department of Economics; as an adjunct associate professor at American University's Department of Economics; as an assistant professor in the University of Arkansas' Department of Economics and the University of Missouri's Department of Economics; and as a graduate instructor at Purdue University's Krannert Graduate School of Management.

Hall holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Purdue University, a Master of Science degree in Economics from Purdue University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Psychology from the University of Virginia.

The U.S. International Trade Commission is an independent, nonpartisan, quasi-judicial federal agency that provides trade expertise to both the legislative and executive branches of government, determines the impact of imports on U.S. industries, and directs actions against certain unfair trade practices in import trade, such as patent and trademark infringement.

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