James Stock chairs the Department of Economics at Harvard University. His research focuses on empirical macroeconomics, forecasting, and econometric methods. Among other things, he has served on the economics panel at the National Science Foundation, on the Academic Advisory Group of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and as a consultant to the European Central Bank. He received his Bachelor's degree from Yale and holds advanced degrees in statistics and economics from the University of California, Berkeley.Mark Watson is the Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Econometric Society. His research focuses on time-series econometrics, empirical macroeconomics, and macroeconomic forecasting. He has served as a consultant for the Federal Reserve Banks of Chicago and Richmond. Before coming to Princeton, Watson served on the economics faculty at Harvard and Northwestern. Watson did his undergraduate work at Pierce Junior College and California State University at Northridge, completed his Ph.D. at the University of California at San Diego, and holds on honorary doctorate from the University of Bern.