Michael Navarrete is the Alice Rivlin Dissertation Fellow at the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy and a Ph.D. candidate in the Economics Department at the University of Maryland. He is an economist at the U.S. Census Bureau, where he works on projects designed to modernize key economic statistics such as inflation using scanner-level data. He is also working on the RESET project, which is supported by grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Navarrete’s research is on Unemployment Insurance benefits, with a focus on how administrative burdens at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to a decline in consumption. He is also interested in income inequality, as well as how inflation rates vary geographically across the United States. He received a B.A. in economics and French from Williams College.