Economic Research Economic Research

As part of the nation’s central bank, the Boston Fed shares responsibility for carrying out the Federal Reserve’s dual mandate—to promote price stability and maximize employment. The Research Department plays a key role in carrying out this mission by conducting original, empirical research, briefing the Bank President on our findings in preparation for his participation in FOMC deliberations and other monetary and economic policy discussions, providing analysis to our Board of Directors in support of their primary credit rate recommendations to the Board of Governors, and conducting periodic interviews with regional businesses to collect anecdotal information for the Beige Book.

We also aim to influence public policy decisions by participating in academic debates at conferences and through other scholarly outlets such as peer-reviewed journals. Our staff of economists, policy and data analysts, research assistants, computing technicians, editors, librarians and administrative specialists work together to achieve these goals.

Current Opportunities Current Opportunities

Director, New England Public Policy Center Director, New England Public Policy Center

The Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston seeks an experienced applied microeconomist with a demonstrated career in research and public policy to direct its New England Public Policy Center.

Candidates interested may learn more and apply here.

The Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston seeks a new or experienced macroeconomist with expertise in monetary economics and international macroeconomics.

Candidates interested may apply here.

Now Hiring Research Assistants and Summer Interns Now Hiring Research Assistants and Summer Interns

We are now accepting applications for full-time Research Assistant positions that will start in the summer of 2018. Applications are being accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Our current openings require U.S. citizenship. Research Assistant positions require a two-year minimum commitment. To apply, please click here. Questions about our research assistant program may be emailed to

The Research Department is currently accepting applications for full-time paid summer internships for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in economics, finance, statistics or mathematics. Applications will be accepted through Friday March 16, 2018 for positions that will start in May/June. To apply, please click here. Questions about our internship program may be emailed to

The Federal Reserve System is expecting to hire more than 100 research assistants over the coming months. A number of internship opportunities will be available as well. If you are interested in serving the public and seek a meaningful work experience as you consider graduate school and future career options working as a research assistant for the Fed can be an excellent interim step along your career path. To learn more about the RA programs and job opportunities at the 12 other reserve banks, please visit

"My job has two pillars: academic research and advising senior management on regulatory and policy issues. In a culture of constant training and skill development, this creates a great environment for Ph.D. graduates who want to change the world."

Ali Ozdagli, Senior Economist, Research

Research Assistant Program Research Assistant Program

“At the Boston Fed I work with other research economists to figure out where the economy is headed—a crucial piece of information for monetary policy. In my work here, I have a lot more freedom to pursue policy-relevant topics that I might have shied away from in academia.”

Chris Foote, Senior Economist, Research