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Chet Bowie

Pronouns: He/Him

Chet is a nationally recognized expert in the design and execution of surveys for policy relevant research.

Chet, who joined NORC in 2007, was the executive vice president and the director of the Economics, Justice & Society department until early 2020 when he stepped down from that role to become a consultant in the department. He is a senior executive experienced in designing and conducting large-scale, national household, establishment, and educational institution surveys; combining administrative data with survey data for policy-relevant research; and conducting survey research in areas such as interviewing methods, questionnaire design, and survey automation.

Before joining NORC, Chet was associated with the Census Bureau for more than 30 years, culminating in his tenure as Director of the Bureau’s Demographic Surveys Division. From 2005 to 2007, he was Vice President for Market Strategies Incorporated’s government, foundation, and academic research unit.



George Washington University


Penn State University

Appointments & Affiliations


American Statistical Association

2007 Member

Committee on National Statistics of the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Assessing the Benefits of the American Community Survey to the National Science Foundation’s Survey of College Graduates

2005 Chair of the Government Statistics Section

American Statistical Association

Project Contributions

Survey of Consumer Finances

The only fully representative source of data on the financial condition of U.S. households


Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997

A new, younger cohort of the nation’s preeminent survey of labor force participation from teen years to retirement


U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979

One of the nation’s preeminent surveys of labor force participation from teen years to retirement


U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics