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Stephan D. Whitaker

Stephan D. Whitaker

Senior Policy Economist
Areas of Expertise migration and labor mobility, housing supply and markets, state and local public finance
Department Regional Analysis
  • BA,
  • Economics,
  • Columbia University,
  • 1998
  • MS,
  • Statistics,
  • Colorado State University,
  • 2003
  • PhD,
  • Public Policy,
  • University of Chicago,
  • 2009

Stephan Whitaker is a senior policy economist in the Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. As a member of the Regional Analysis Group, he monitors economic activity in the Fourth District, which includes Ohio, western Pennsylvania, eastern Kentucky, and the northern panhandle of West Virginia. His Group’s quantitative and qualitative analyses help to guide the Federal Reserve System’s monetary policy decisions.

Dr. Whitaker conducts research on migration between neighborhoods and labor markets and migration responses to shocks such as natural disasters. He has also published journal articles on housing markets, municipal finance, and educational attainment.

Dr. Whitaker earned his PhD at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. Before entering his doctoral program, he served as a lieutenant in the US Air Force and earned an MS in statistics from Colorado State University. Dr. Whitaker studied economics at Columbia University as an undergraduate.