William A. Strauss is a senior economist and economic advisor in the economic research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, which he joined in 1982. His chief responsibilities include analyzing the current performance of both the Midwest economy and the manufacturing sector for use in monetary policy. He also produces the monthly Chicago Fed Midwest Manufacturing Index, organizes the Bank's Economic Outlook Symposium and its Auto Outlook Symposium. He also conducts several economic workshops and industrial roundtables throughout the year.
He has taught economics and statistics as an adjunct faculty member both for Loyola University, Chicago and Webster University, Chicago. He currently teaches at the University of Chicago, Graham School of General Studies.
His research paper topics include analysis of the manufacturing sector, the auto sector, the Midwest regional economy, the trade-weighted dollar, business cycles, and Federal Reserve payments operations.
He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun Times, Crain's Chicago Business, Business Week, Investor's Daily, The Economist and many other publications from around the country. Mr. Strauss has also been interviewed on numerous television and radio shows. He is a past president of the Chicago Association of Business Economists and currently serves as a member of the Advisory Council for the University of Illinois at Chicago's Center for Economic Education.
Mr. Strauss earned a B.A. in economics and geography from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an M.A. in economics from Northwestern University.