Scott Schuh

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Director and Economist
Consumer Payments Research Center
Research Department
T: 617-973-3941
Scott.Schuh@bos.frb.org
 
Primary fields of research:
Macroeconomics, labor, international, monetary theory and policy, consumer payments

Scott Schuh is Director of the Consumer Payments Research Center (CPRC) and a Senior Economist and Policy Advisor in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. He joined the Bank in 1997 after serving as an economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System since 1991. Schuh also worked for President Reagan's Council of Economic Advisers, the U.S. Congressional Budget Office, and the U.S. Census Bureau. He currently teaches at Boston University, and has taught at Boston College and Johns Hopkins University. Schuh's current research focuses on consumer choices pertaining to money, payments, and banking, and on leading the CPRC to produce the annual Survey of Consumer Payment Choice and a new Diary of Consumer Payment Choice. His earlier research is in macroeconomics, labor economics, and international economics. A distinctive feature of Schuh's research agenda has been a focus on the microeconomic foundations of macroeconomic fluctuations and growth. He co-authored two books, including the award-winning Job Creation and Job Destruction (1995), and has published articles in journals such as the Journal of Monetary Economics; International Economic Review; Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking; Review of Economic Dynamics; and Journal of International Economics. Schuh earned a B.A. in economics and journalism from California State University, Sacramento in 1985, and a Ph.D. and M.A. in economics from Johns Hopkins University in 1992.

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  • Education
  • Work Experience
  • Publications
  • Public Service

Education

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1992

M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1992

B.A., California State University, Sacramento, 1985

Work Experience

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Director, Consumer Payments Research Center and Economist, 2008-
Senior Economist and Policy Advisor, 2005-2008
Assistant Vice President and Economist, 2002-2004
Senior Economist, 2000-2002
Economist, 1997-2000
Boston College, Department of Economics
Adjunct Professor, 2004
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Division of Research and Statistics, Macroeconomics and Quantitative Studies Section
Economist, 1991-1997
Johns Hopkins University, Department of Economics
Adjunct Professor, 1996
U.S. Census Bureau, Boston Regional Data Center
Research Associate, 1997-2004
U.S. Census Bureau, Center for Economic Studies
Research Associate, 1992-1997

Publications

Refereed journal articles

"Measuring Household Spending and Payment Habits: The Role of "Typical" and "Specific" Time Frames in Survey Questions," with Marco Angrisani and Arie Kapteyn, NBER-CRIW Conference Proceedings, 2012, forthcoming.

"An Economic Analysis of the 2010 Proposed Settlement Between the Department of Justice and Credit Card Networks," with Oz Shy, Joanna Stavins, and Robert K. Triest. Journal of Competition Law and Economics, 8(1): 107-144 (2012).

"Input and Output Inventories in General Equilibrium," with Matteo Iacoviello and Fabio Schiantarelli), International Economic Review, 52(4): 1179-1213 (2011).

"Why Are (Some) Consumers (Finally) Writing Fewer Checks? The Role of Payment Characteristics," with Joanna Stavins. Journal of Banking and Finance, 34(8): 1745-1758 (2010).

"Frontier Policy Issues in Consumer Payment Behaviour," with Joanna Stavins. Journal of Payments Strategy and Systems, 3(4): 333-348 (2009).

“Productivity and U.S. Macroeconomic Performance: Interpreting the Past and Predicting the Future with a Two-Sector Real Business Cycle Model,"with Peter N. Ireland. Review of Economic Dynamics. 11(3): 473-492 ( 2008).

“Interest Sensitivity and Volatility Reductions: Cross-Section Evidence,” with F. Owen Irvine. International Journal of Production Economics. 108(1-2): 31-42 (July 2007). Previously issued as FRB Boston Series, paper no. 05-4 (2005).

“Inventory Investment and Output Volatility,” with F. Owen Irvine. International Journal of Production Economics. 93-94(4): 75-86 (2005). Previously issued as FRB Boston Series, paper no. 02-6 (2002).

“Job Creation, Job Destruction, and the Real Exchange Rate,” with Michael W. Klein and Robert K. Triest. Journal of International Economics. 59(2): 239-265 (2003). Previously issued as FRB Boston Series, paper no. 02-8 (2002).

“Monetary Policy, Housing Investment, and Heterogeneous Regional Markets,” with Michael Fratantoni. Journal of Money, Credit and Banking. 35(4): 557-589 (2003). Previously issued as FRB Boston Series, paper no. 00-1 (2000).

“Input and Output Inventories,” with Brad R. Humphreys and Louis J. Maccini. Journal of Monetary Economics. 47(2): 347-375 (2001). Previously issued as FRB Boston Series, paper no. 97-7 (1997).

“Gross Job Flows and Firms,” with Robert K. Triest. 1999 Proceedings of the American Statistical Association, Government Statistics Section: 13-22. Previously issued as FRB Boston Series, paper no. 99-10 (1999).

“Review of Industrial Evolution in Developing Countries,” Mark J. Roberts and James R. Tybout, eds. Journal of Economic Literature. 36(2): 946 (1998).

“Estimating the Linear-Quadratic Inventory Model: Maximum Likelihood versus Generalized Method of Moments,” with Jeffrey C. Fuhrer and George R. Moore. Journal of Monetary Economics. 35(1): 115-157 (1995).

“Small Business and Job Creation: Dissecting the Myth and Reassessing the Facts,” with Steven J. Davis and John C. Haltiwanger, in Labor Markets, Employment Policy, and Job Creation, Lewis C. Solomon and Alec R. Levenson, eds. Boulder, CO: Westview Press: 169-199. Reprinted in Small Business Economics: An International Journal. 8(4): 297-315 (August 1996). Abridged version in Business Economics. 29(3): 13-21 (July 1994).

“Published versus Sample Statistics from the ASM: Implications for the LRD,” with Steven J. Davis and John C. Haltiwanger. 1990 Proceedings of the American Statistical Association, Business and Economic Statistics Section.

Other journal articles

The Evolution of Regional Manufacturing Employment: Gross Job Flows within and between Firms and Industries,” with Robert K. Triest. New England Economic Review. (Third Quarter 2002).

An Evaluation of Recent Macroeconomic Forecast Errors.” New England Economic Review. (January/February 2001).

The Role of Firms in Job Creation and Destruction in U.S. Manufacturing,” with Robert K. Triest. New England Economic Review. (March/April 2000).

Gross Job Flows Between Plants and Industries,” with John C. Haltiwanger. New England Economic Review. (March/April 1999).

Beyond Shocks: What Causes Business Cycles? An Overview,” with Jeffrey C. Fuhrer. New England Economic Review. (November/December 1998).

Perspective: Untangling the Causes of Recessions,” with Robert K. Triest. Regional Review. 8(1) (Quarter 4, 1998).

Books and book chapters

"Measuring Household Spending and Payment Habits: The Role of "Typical" and "Specific" Time Frames in Survey Questions," with Marco Angrisani and Arie Kapteyn, in Improving the Measurement of Consumer Ependitures, editors C. Caroll, T. Crossley and J. Sabelhaus, National Bureau of Economic Research, Studies in Income and Wealth. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, forthcoming 2014.

Job Creation, Job Destruction and International Competition, with Michael W. Klein and Robert K. Triest. Kalamazoo, MI: The Upjohn Institute, 2003.

Beyond Shocks: What Causes Business Cycles? edited with Jeffrey C. Fuhrer. Proceedings from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Conference Series no. 42, 1998.

Beyond Shocks: What Causes Business Cycles? An Overview,” with Jeffrey C. Fuhrer. Proceedings from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Conference Series no. 42, 1998.

Job Reallocation and the Business Cycle: New Facts for an Old Debate,” with Robert Triest, in Beyond Shocks: What Causes Business Cycles? Proceedings from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Conference Series no. 42, 1998.

Job Creation and Destruction, with Steven J. Davis and John C. Haltiwanger. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1996.

Working papers and other unpublished papers

"Consumer Revolving Credit and Debt over the Life Cycle and Business Cycle" Working Paper No. 15-17 by Scott L. Fulford and Scott Schuh

"The 2013 Survey of Consumer Payment Choice: Summary Results", with Joanna Stavins. FRB Boston Research Data Report Series, data report no. 15-4 (2015).

"How do Speed and Security Influence Consumers' Payment Behavior?" with Joanna Stavins. FRB Boston Current Policy Perspectives, paper no. 15-1 (2015).

"Consumer Cash Usage: A Cross-Country Comparison with Payment Diary Survey Data" by John Bagnall, David Bounie, Kim P. Huynh, Anneke Kosse, Tobias Schmidt, Scott Schuh, and Helmut Stix Working Paper No. 14-4

"U.S. Consumers' Holdings and Use of $100 Bills", with Claire Greene. FRB Boston Research Data Report Series, report no. 14-3 (2014).

"The 2011 and 2012 Surveys of Consumer Payment Choice," with Joanna Stavins. FRB Boston Research Data Report Series, report no. 14-1 (2014).

"Costs and Benefits of Building Faster Payment Systems: The U.K. Experience and Implications for the United States," with Claire Greene, Marc Rysman and Oz Shy. FRB Boston Current Policy Perspectives, paper no. 14-5 (2014).

"This Is What's in Your Wallet...And Here's How You Use It," with Tamas Briglevics. FRB Boston Working Papers Series, paper no. 14-5 (2014).

"U.S. Consumer Demand for Cash in the Era of Low Interest Rates and Electronic Payments," with Tamas Briglevics. FRB Boston Working Papers Series, paper no. 13-23 (2013).

"The 2010 Survey of Consumer Payment Choice: Technical Appendix," with Kevin Foster and Hanbing Zhang. FRB Boston Research Data Report Series, data report no. 13-3 (2013).

"The 2010 Survey of Consumer Payment Choice," with Kevin Foster and Hanbing Zhang. FRB Boston Research Data Report Series, data report no. 13-2 (2013).

"Explaining Adoption and Use of Payment Instruments by U.S. Consumers," with Sergei Koulayev, Marc Rysman and Joanna Stavins. FRB Boston Working Papers Series, paper no. 12-14 (2012).

"Measuring Household Spending and Payment Habits: The Role of "Typical" and "Specific" Time Frames in Survey Questions" with Marco Angrisani and Arie Kapteyn. FRB Boston Working Papers Series, paper no. 12-7 (2012).

"How Consumers Pay: Adoption and Use of Payments" with Joanna Stavins. FRB Boston Working Papers Series, no. 12-2 (2012).

"An Economic Analysis of the 2010 Proposed Settlement Between the Department of Justice and Credit Card Networks" with Oz Shy, Joanna Stavins, and Robert Triest. FRB Boston Public Policy Discussion Papers Series, paper no. 11-4 (2011).

"The 2009 Survey of Consumer Payment Choice" with Kevin Foster, Erik Meijer and Michael A. Zabek. FRB Boston Public Policy Discussion Papers Series, paper no. 11-1 (2011).

"Who Gains and Who Loses from Credit Card Payments? Theory and Calibrations" with Oz Shy and Joanna Stavins. FRB Boston Public Policy Discussion Papers Series, paper no. 10-3 (2010).

"The 2008 Survey of Consumer Payment Choice" with Kevin Foster, Erik Meijer and Michael A. Zabek. FRB Boston Public Policy Discussion Papers Series, paper no. 09-10, (2009)

"Why Are (Some) Consumers (Finally) Writing Fewer Checks? The Role of Payment Characteristics" with Joanna Stavins. FRB Boston Working Papers Series, paper no. 09-1 (2009).

"Summary of the Workshop on Consumer Behavior and Payment Choice" with Joanna Stavins. FRB Boston Public Policy Discussion Papers Series, paper no. 08-5 (2008).

"Input and Output Inventories in General Equilibrium" with Matteo Iacoviello and Fabio Schiantarelli. FRB Boston Working Papers Series, paper no. 07-16 (2007).

Consumer Behavior and Payment Choice: 2006 Conference Summary” with Margaret Carten, Dan Littman, and Joanna Stavins. FRB Boston Public Policy Discussion Papers Series, paper no. 07-4 (2007).

The Boston Fed Study of Consumer Behavior and Payment Choice: A Survey of Federal Reserve System Employees,” with Marques Benton, Krista Blair, and Marianne Crowe. FRB Boston Public Policy Discussion Papers Series, paper no. 07-1 (2007).

Consumer Behavior and Payment Choice: A Conference Summary,” with Marianne Crowe and Joanna Stavins. FRB Boston Public Policy Discussion Paper Series, paper no. 06-1 (2006).

Input and Output Inventories in General Equilibrium,” with Matteo Iacoviello and Fabio Schiantarelli. Boston College working paper no. 658.

The Roles of Comovement and Inventory Investment in the Reduction of Output Volatility,” with F. Owen Irvine. FRB Boston Working Papers Series, paper no. 05-9 (2005). Revised November 2007.

Inventory Investment and Output Volatility,” with Owen Irvine. FRB Boston Working Papers Series, paper no. 02-6 (2002).

Job Creation, Job Destruction, and International Competition: Job Flows and Trade – The Case of NAFTA,” with Michael W. Klein and Robert K. Triest. FRB Boston Working Papers Series, paper no. 02-8 (2002).

Job Creation, Job Destruction, and International Competition: A Literature Review,” with Michael W. Klein and Robert K. Triest. FRB Boston Working Papers Series, paper no. 02-7 (2002).

Monetary Policy, Housing Investment, and Heterogeneous Regional Markets,” with Michael Fratantoni. FRB Boston Working Papers Series, paper no. 00-1 (2000).

Gross Job Flows and Firms,” with Robert K. Triest. FRB Boston Working Papers Series, paper no. 99-10 (1999).

Job Creation, Job Destruction, and the Real Exchange Rate,” with Michael W. Klein and Robert K. Triest. FRB Boston Working Papers Series, paper no. 99-11 (1999).

Input and Output Inventories,” with Brad R. Humphreys and Louis J. Maccini. FRB Boston Working Papers Series, paper no. 97-7 (1997).

“Evidence of the Link Between Firm-Level and Aggregate Inventory Behavior.” Federal Reserve Board Finance and Economics Discussion Series, paper no. 1996-46, November (1996).

 

Other material

“Permanent and Temporary Job Flows and the Real Exchange Rate,” with Michael W. Klein and Robert K. Triest, unpublished (October 2003).

“Detrending and Inventory Behavior,” with Brad Humphreys, unpublished. (June 2001).

“Macroeconomic Implications of the Relationship Between Plant and Industry Gross Job Flows,” with John C. Haltiwanger, unpublished. (July 1999).

“Credit Market Conditions and Inventory Investment,” with Louis J. Maccini, unpublished. (January 1995).

“Specification and Estimation of the New FRB/MPS Quarterly Macroeconomic Model,” with Patrick Kennedy and David Reifschneider, unpublished. (January 1995).

Public Service

Chair and organizer, “Consumer Payment Choices: Rational or Irrational Behavior,” AEA/ASSA meetings, 2008 (January).

Chair and organizer, “Consumer Payment Choices: Rational or Irrational Behavior,” WEAI meetings, 2007 (July).

Chair and organizer, International Society for Inventory Research (ISIR) session, ASSA meetings, 2002, 1995 (January).

Referee: American Economic Review; Quarterly Journal of Economics, Econometrica; Journal of Monetary Economics; International Economic Review; Review of Economic Studies; Review of Economics and Statistics; Journal of Money, Credit and Banking; European Economic Review, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics; Journal of International Economics; Journal of Business; Journal of Macroeconomics; Journal of Labor Economics; Labour Economics; Journal of Productivity Analysis; National Science Foundation; Journal of Business; Journal of Applied Econometrics; Small Business Economics; Managerial and Decision Economics; Southern Economic Journal; and others.

Judge and advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Fed Challenge, 1998-

Member, Board of Advisors, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Center for Urban and Ministerial Education (CUME), Boston MA, 2003-

President, Boosters Club, Lexington (MA) Christian Academy, 2004-2006

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