The Consumer Payments Research Center conducts survey, econometric and theoretical research on consumer payments in order to contribute to public policy that maximizes the welfare of all members of the economy. The Center fills a knowledge gap on the demand-side of money and payments, by focusing on consumer payment preferences and behavior.
The Consumer Payments Research Center studies the demand for money and payments to help the Federal Reserve forecast, plan, and implement efficient supply and pricing of payment services; evaluates consumers' preferences and financial literacy to help the Federal Reserve and Congress protect and support consumer payment choices; and supports industry efforts to develop new or improved payment instruments that satisfy consumer preferences.
Economists and survey researchers at the Center are interested in working with scholars who study the demand for money and payments, assess consumer protection and financial literacy, study payment markets and examine consumer behavior.
- Data Sharing. Free data download for researchers and analysts.
- Visiting Scholars. Short- and long-term appointments.
- Joint Research. Proposals welcome, travel to Boston not required.
Learn more about opportunities for scholars.