Melissa BjellandResearch Associate
New York,NY 10016
Fax: (212) 340-2822
Melissa J. Bjelland, Ph.D., (pronounced “bee-YELL-and”) received her doctoral degree from Cornell University in the fields of labor economics, health economics, and econometrics. The primary focus of her graduate research involved the exploration of the lasting impacts of employee-employer separations due to layoffs and health shocks. While writing her dissertation, Dr. Bjelland extensively utilized restricted-access micro data files as an employee of the Bureau of Labor Statistics and as a contractor with the Census Bureau’s Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics Program. In her work, she has used State Unemployment Insurance Wage Records, the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, the Current Population Survey, the Survey of Income and Program Participation, Social Security Administration records, the 2000 Decennial Census, and the American Community Survey.
She assists in grant writing, identifying new funding sources, developing grant outlines and materials, and conceptualizing special research and knowledge dissemination projects.
Ph.D. January 2007 Cornell University, Economics
M.A. January 2004 Cornell University, Economics
B.S. December 1998 University of Arizona, Mathematics