The New England Public Policy Center (NEPPC) was established by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in January 2005. The Boston Fed has provided support to the public policy community of New England for many years; NEPPC institutionalizes and expands on this tradition.
Promote better public policy in New England by conducting and disseminating objective, high-quality research and analysis of strategically identified regional economic and policy issues. When appropriate, work with regional and Bank partners to advance identified policy options.
Yolanda Kodrzycki is a vice president and the director of the New England Public Policy Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. The Policy Center conducts research on key economic and policy issues in New England, and engages with regional partners in advancing identified policy options.
Prior to assuming this position, Kodrzycki was a senior economist and policy advisor in the Boston Fed's research department, specializing in regional, labor market, and public sector economics. Her most recent research examines economic development strategies for older industrial cities; potential cost efficiencies through regional consolidation of local government functions, and the cyclical volatility of state tax revenues. She serves as co-editor of MassBenchmarks, an economics publication issued jointly by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the University of Massachusetts. Kodrzycki is also an Institute of Urban Research Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining the Boston Fed, she taught economics at Amherst College. A graduate of Radcliffe College (at Harvard University), Kodrzycki received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Email Yolanda
Darcy started with the New England Public Policy Center as a Policy Analyst in 2005. She was promoted to Deputy Director in 2007; in this position, she is responsible for working with the Director of the Center and its staff to develop and to implement its strategy and mission, including development of a research agenda and outreach strategy. Darcy has written on subjects ranging from regional housing policy to the costs and benefits of film tax credits in New England. She previously worked at the Maine Development Foundation, where she was an analyst for the state's annual economic indicators report and managed a community economic development program. Darcy holds a masters in public policy from Tufts University and a BA in political science from Colgate University. Darcy's favorite place in New England is Portland, Maine. Email Darcy.
As a Senior Economist, Alicia leads research projects on regional economic and policy issues for the Center. She specializes in the fields of labor, public finance, and health economics. Her current research focuses on the labor market, migration, housing, and health care reform. Her work has appeared in journals such as Regional Science and Urban Economics, Journal of Human Resources, and Health Affairs and has been presented at the annual meetings of the American Economic Association. She holds a B.A. in mathematics and economics from Boston University as well as master's and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Harvard University where she also served as a doctoral fellow in the Inequality and Social Policy Program at the Kennedy School of Government. Prior to joining the Center, Alicia worked as an economist in the private sector and taught economics at Mount Holyoke College. Her favorite place in New England is sailing around the islands in Boston harbor. Email Alicia.
As a Senior Economist, Bo leads research projects on regional economic and policy issues for the Center. He specializes in urban, regional, and public economics, with research interests in state and local public finance, housing markets, and fair housing and lending. His work has been published in several academic journals such as the Journal of Urban Economics, National Tax Journal, and Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. He also made presentations at various academic meetings, including annual conferences of the National Tax Association and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. Bo was selected by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as one of 20 young scholars nationwide to participate in the 2005 Entrepreneurship Research Boot Camp. He served on the Municipal Aid Subcommittee of the Municipal Finance Task Force between 2006 and 2007. Bo earned a Ph.D. in economics and a master's degree in applied statistics from Syracuse University. His favorite place in New England is the Charles River between River Street and JFK Street in Cambridge. Email Bo.
As a Policy Analyst, Robert conducts analysis of regional economic and policy issues for the Center. His research interests include public finance, labor economics, and income inequality. Prior to becoming a policy analyst, Robert was a Research Associate with the Center. Originally from New Hampshire, Robert holds a Masters in economics from the University of New Hampshire and a BA in economics from Keene State College. Robert's favorite place in New England is the Lake of the Clouds Hut near the peak of Mount Washington. Email Robert.
Jennifer Weiner is a Senior Policy Analyst at the New England Public Policy Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston where she prepares analyses of regional economic and policy issues for internal and external communications. Her work at the Center focuses on matters of state and local public finance and has included research on state business tax credits, unemployment insurance financing, state debt affordability, and the fiscal systems of the New England states. Prior to joining the Boston Fed, Ms. Weiner performed health economics and outcomes research for a Boston-based consulting firm and conducted policy analyses for the former Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy. Originally from New Hampshire, she holds a Master of Public Affairs from Princeton University and a BA in economics from Bates College. Jennifer's favorite place in New England is the top of West Rattlesnake Mountain in Holderness, New Hampshire. Email Jennifer.
As a Research Assistant, Joshua conducts data analysis and research on economic and policy issues for the Center. His research interests include labor economics, health economics, and public finance. Originally from New Hampshire, Joshua received his BS from Bryant University in Economics and Actuarial Mathematics. Prior to joining the Center, Joshua worked as a Research Assistant for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Joshua’s favorite place in New England is Odiorne Point State Park. Email Joshua.
As a Research Assistant, Angela conducts data analysis and research on economic and policy issues for the Center. Her research interests include public policy, economic demography, and economics of religion. Originally from Michigan, Angela received her BA from Pomona College in Economics. Angela's favorite place in New England is the Boston Harbor. Email Angela.
As a Research Assistant, Jingyi conducts data analysis and research on economic and policy issues for the Center. Her research interests include public finance, education policy and political economy. Originally from Chengdu, China, Jingyi received her BA from Mount Holyoke College in Mathematics/Economics and History. Jingyi's favorite place in New England is the Pioneer Valley. Email Jingyi.
The Center periodically invites researchers to serve as visiting scholars. Visiting scholars work on research about a public policy issue of relevance to New England and that complements the work of the Center. We are currently accepting applications for positions starting in 2015.
Daniel an assistant professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School and an affiliate of theTaubman Centerfor State and Local Government. His research focuses on fiscal policy, state and local pension plans, and regional macroeconomics. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 2011.
Reagan Baughman, Associate Professor of Economics, University of New Hampshire.
Patricia Cortes, Assistant Professor of Markets, Public Policy and Law, Boston University, School of Management
Susan Dynarski, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
Ross Gittell, James R. Carter Professor, University of New Hampshire's Whittemore School of Business and Economics
Katherine Kiel, Associate Professor of Economics, College of the Holy Cross.
Brian Knight, Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Brown University
Maria Luengo-Prado, Associate Professor of Economics,Northeastern University
Robert Mohr, Associate Professor of Economics, University of New Hampshire
Jessica Wolpaw Reyes, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Amherst College
Lucie Schmidt, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Williams College
Katherine Swartz, Professor of Health Policy and Economics, Harvard School of Public Health.
Bridget Terry-Long, Associate Professor of Education and Economics, Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Philip Trostel, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, University of Maine
Tara Watson, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Williams College
Richard Woodbury, National Bureau of Economic Research
Immigrants as a Potential Source of Growth for New England’s Highly Skilled Workforce
by Tara Watson
NEPPC Policy Brief No. 13-4
Enforcement and Immigrant Location Choice
by Tara Watson
Research Department Working Paper No. 13-10 (
The Supplemental Security Income Program and Welfare Reform
by Lucie Schmidt, Williams College
Public Policy Discussion Paper No. 12-3 (June 2012)
Childhood Lead and Academic Performance in Massachusetts
by Jessica W. Reyes, Amherst College
NEPPC Working Paper No. 11-3 (August 2011)
Unaffordable Housing and Local Employment Growth
by Ritashree Chakrabarti, IHS Global Insight and Junfu Zhang, Clark University
NEPPC Working Paper No. 10-3 (June 2010)
Spatial Competition and Cross-border Shopping: Evidence from State Lotteries
by Brian Knight, Brown University and Nathan Schiff, University of British Columbia
NEPPC Working Paper No. 10-1 (January 2010)
The Struggle for Tax Reform in Maine, 2003-2009
by Richard Woodbury, former Maine State Representative and National Bureau of Economic Research
NEPPC Discussion Paper No. 09-2 (September 2009)
House Prices and Risk Sharing
by Dmytro Hryshko, University of Alberta, María José Luengo-Prado Northeastern University and NEPPC Visiting Scholar, Bent E. Sørensen , University of Houston and CEPR
NEPPC Working Paper No. 09-3 (August 2009)
The Role of the Housing Market in the Response to Employment Shocks
by Jeffrey Zabel, Tufts University
NEPPC Working Paper No. 09-2 (July 2009)
Public-Private Partnerships, Cooperative Agreements, and the Production of Public Services in Small and Rural Municipalities
by Robert D. Mohr, University of New Hampshire, Steven Deller, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and John Halstead, University of New Hampshire
NEPPC Working Paper No. 08-4 (June 2008)
The Lengthening of Childhood
by David Deming and Susan Dynarski, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University
NEPPC Working Paper No. 08-3 (June 2008)
The Labor Market for Direct Care Workers
by Reagan Baughman and Kristin Smith, University of New Hampshire
NEPPC Working Paper No. 07-4 (November 2007)
The Impact of Wetlands Rules on the Prices of Regulated and Proximate Houses: A Case Study
by Katherine A. Kiel, College of the Holy Cross
NEPPC Working Paper No. 07-3 (November 2007)
The Fiscal Impact of College Attainment
by Philip A. Trostel, University of Maine
NEPPC Working Paper No. 07-2 (November 2007)
Do Loans Increase College Access and Choice?
Examining the Introduction of Universal Student Loans
by Bridget Terry Long, Harvard Graduate School of Education and NBER
NEPPC Working Paper No. 07-1 (November 2007)
The New England Public Policy Center’s Advisory Board advises Center staff on how to disseminate its research strategically to policy makers and thought leaders in the New England region.
Throughout the year, the New England Public Policy Center offers a limited number of internships. We look for outstanding graduate and undergraduate students to assist us with research in the fields of applied economics and public policy. Typically, interns are assigned to projects which involve quantitative and qualitative analysis and are required to independently perform data collection, statistical and econometric analysis, literature reviews, and writing tasks.
Summer internships are full-time, paid, and generally last ten to twelve weeks. When a position is available, applications are solicited through the research department.
The Center also periodically offers academic-year internships that are unpaid and require that the student receive academic credit. Students are asked to commit to at least 16-20 hours per week for an entire semester. Please contact the Center if you are interested in an academic internship.