Professor Chiswick is a Development Economist and a Labor Economist. She holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University in the City of New York, where she studied economic development and economic history. She worked as an Economist at USAID, the United Nations, and The World Bank before coming to UIC. She frequently presents her research to academic conferences and community groups and has held several visiting appointments at universities in the U.S. and in Israel. She is currently Research Professor of Economics at George Washington University and a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany.
Professor Chiswick's research in labor and economic demography includes studies of household work, family formation, and immigration (impacts). Her research on economic development deals with problems related to employment and education, especially in Thailand, and with systems of household and labor force statistics. Her recent work focuses on the economics of religion, especially as it applies to the American Jewish family, to Jewish religious observance and to American Jewish communal institutions.