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.
The application period for positions beginning in Summer 2021 has closed. The Research Department provides current economic analysis and policy advice to Federal Reserve decision makers and conducts innovative research with the aim of improving our understanding of the U.S. and global economies and encouraging better policy outcomes. We will begin accepting applications for full-time Research Assistant positions in the fall of 2021 for positions starting in the summer of 2022. Research Assistant positions require a two-year commitment.
If you have an interest in serving the public and seek a meaningful work experience as you consider graduate school and future career options, our Research Assistant Program can be an excellent interim step along your career path. Questions may be directed to Bos.RA.Recruiting@bos.frb.org.
Dissertation Fellowship Opportunities
The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston offers paid in-residence fellowships for graduate students in economics to conduct research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.