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.

"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

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Hiring Now - Research Assistant - Part-Time Hiring Now - Research Assistant - Part-Time

The Consumer Payments Research Center (CPRC) of the Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston is seeking a Ph.D. graduate student who might benefit from the opportunity to take an active role in economic research and policy analysis on household finance as part of our Research Assistant Program. We are seeking students with strong theoretical and econometric training experience as a research assistant, and interests in one or more of the following fields: household finance, applied microeconomics, consumer behavior, industrial organization, macro/monetary economics, banking, technology.

Candidates interested may apply here.

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Economists Economists

“As an economist in training, working directly with experienced economists and more tenured research assistants provides for constant on-the-job learning. There are also multiple opportunities to attend seminars given by visiting scholars that provide the unique chance to ask questions and learn firsthand about new publications.”

Allie Cole, Research Assistant, 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