Margaret C. Levenstein

Center Director, ICPSR
Research Professor, SRC-HRS
Research Professor, School Of Information
Margaret C. Levenstein


Maggie Levenstein received a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University and a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University. Today, she serves as Director of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), a Research Professor in the Survey Research Center, and a Faculty Associate with the Population Studies Center, all at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR). Dr. Levenstein is also a Professor at the University's School of Information and an Adjunct Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the Ross School of Business.

An economist, Levenstein first joined ISR's Survey Research Center (SRC) in 2003 as the executive director of the Michigan Census Research Data Center (MCRDC), a joint project with the U.S. Census Bureau. Her research and teaching interests include industrial organization, competition policy, business history, data confidentiality protection, and the improvement of economic statistics. Levenstein also focuses on the evolution of information systems and relationship with firm organization, historical changes in firm competition, information networks, contemporary international cartels, and the design of competition policies for a global economy.

Dr. Levenstein has used Twitter data to measure economic outcomes, like unemployment or changes in the demand for labor. She also works with ISR's Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a nationwide survey of Americans over age 50 to better understand health and economics over time. Additionally, Levenstein is associate chair of the American Economic Association's Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession and past president of the Business History Conference. She is committed to achieving more equitable results for women in the field of economic research.

Under Dr. Levenstein's leadership, ICPSR's Resource Center for Minority data is working to improve data resources for studying underrepresented groups such as immigrants, and to provide outreach to these communities to help them understand more about themselves. ICPSR will also establish new data resources to help improve understanding of immigration over time.