Kathryn Kobe

Kathryn Kobe is the Director of Price, Wage, and Productivity Analysis with Economic Consulting Services. Prior to joining ECS she was Chief Economist and Executive Vice President of Joel Popkin and Company where she worked since February 1981. Her research responsibilities include macroeconomic and industry forecasting; constructing price and wage indexes from individual company's data, proprietary survey data and from government data; studying wages, benefits, price and cost issues and forecasting their trends; providing ligation support, and constructing cost impact models of industries or companies. She has served as an expert witness, presents research results in reports and briefings, and provides input to regulatory and policy reviews. She is the co-author of three studies for the Council of Manufacturing Associations on the importance and future of the manufacturing sector and has testified before the Senate Finance Committee on the state of manufacturing in the United States. She also represents the ECS in providing television and other interviews on various aspects of the economic outlook.

Ms. Kobe is a member of the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Data Users Advisory Committee, former Chairperson of the Board of the National Economists Club, and a former chair of the manufacturing round table of the National Association for Business Economics. She belongs to the Washington Association of Money Managers, the Industrial Relations Research Association, and is Secretary/Treasurer of the Women in Logistics and Delivery Services Counsel.

Before coming to Joel Popkin and Company, Ms. Kobe worked at Evans Economics, a private econometric and forecasting firm. At Evans, she was responsible for developing the livestock and dairy sectors of the Evans agricultural model. Prior to joining Evans Economics, Ms. Kobe was an economist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Her duties there include researching and building a sector of an agricultural product model and analyzing prospective grain price support policy actions.

Ms. Kobe received her B.A. in economics, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Maryland (College Park) and received her M.A. in economics from George Washington University.


"Small Business GDP: Update 2002-2010", for the Small Business Administration, January 2012.

"Manufacturing Resurgence: A Must for U.S. Prosperity", (with Joel Popkin) for the Council of Manufacturing Associations, January 2010.

"Small Business Retirement Benefits," for the Small Business Administration, January 2010.

"Small Business GDP " for the Small Business Administration, March 2007.

"U.S. Manufacturing Innovation at Risk," (with Joel Popkin) for Council of Manufacturing Associations of the National Association of Manufacturers, February 2006.

"Cost of Employee Benefits in Large and Small Businesses," for the Small Business Administration, August 2005.

"Integration of Income Statements and Balance Sheets: Implications for Improving Financial Sector Measurement," (with S. Herman and J. Popkin) presented at the 28th General Conference of the IARIW, August 2004.

"Issues Related to Price and Output Measurement in the Financial Services, Nonprofit Services, and Medical Care Services Sectors," (with S. Herman and J. Popkin) for the Bureau of Economic Analysis, December 2003.

"Securing America's Future," (with Joel Popkin), Challenge, November-December 2003.

"Small Business During the Business Cycle," for the Small Business Administration, July 2003.

"Estimation of Small Business Wealth," (with J. Popkin) for the Small Business Administration, April 2002.

"Small Business Share of Economic Growth," for the Small Business Administration, December 2001.

"Small Business Gross Product Originating, 1982-1992," for the Small Business Administration, February 1997.

"Feasibility of Food Price Monitoring in Rural Areas" (with J. Popkin, J. Rutner, R. Kochhar, E. Jacobs, and H. Jensen), report prepared for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Service, October 1996.

"An Update of Medical Equipment Price Trends," Insight, June 1994.

"The Role of Medical Equipment and Supplies in the Prices of Inputs and Outputs of Medical Care," for the Health Care Technology Institute, May 1993.

"The Comparison of Medical Equipment Price Trends to Overall Inflation," Policy Brief prepared for the Health Care Technology Institute, March 1993.

"The Impact of Measurement and Analytical Issues in Assessing Industry Productivity and Its Relationship to Computer Investment," (with 1. Popkin, J. Rutner and R. Kochhar) paper prepared for
International Business Machines Corporation, October 1992.

"Validation of the Small Business Data Base," for the Small Business Administration (SBA-2113-AERĀ­87), February 1991.

"Small Business Gross Product Originating 1958-1982," (with Joel Popkin) for the Small Business Administration (SBA-I040-0A-86).

"The Outlook for Wage and Price Inflation," in conference proceedings for the Thirty-Seventh Annual Conference on the Economic Outlook at the University of Michigan, November 1988.

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