John Ruser

John Ruser

John W. Ruser is president and CEO of the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The institute is an independent, not-for-profit research organization that provides high-quality, objective research and statistical information about public policy issues involving the various state workers’ compensation insurance systems in the U.S. Dr. Ruser is responsible for executive leadership and strategic planning for the institute, as well as oversight of the institute’s economic and statistical research program.

Dr. Ruser previously held three executive positions in the federal statistical system, including serving as associate commissioner for productivity and as technology and assistant commissioner for safety, health and working conditions at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and associate director for regional economics at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis. In these three positions, he managed statistical programs that produced data on productivity, worker safety and health and regional income, price and product accounts.

Earlier in his career, Dr. Ruser was a researcher and chief of the BLS office that conducted research on employee compensation and working conditions in the U.S., including measures of employee wages and benefits and worker safety and health.

Dr. Ruser has written many academic peer-reviewed and non-technical articles and book chapters on occupational safety and health, workers’ compensation insurance and employee benefits.

He holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in economics from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in economics from Princeton University.

Recent Articles by John Ruser

COVID-19’s Impact on Workers’ Comp

During this pandemic, many workers (nurses, police, grocery store clerks, transit professionals, etc.) are considered essential, potentially putting them at heightened risk for contracting COVID-19. A key question, of course, is whether a worker who contracts COVID-19 is compensated under workers’ compensation for income loss and medical expenses.  Below are some frequently asked questions that […]

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