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

Now Hiring Research Assistants for Summer 2021 Now Hiring Research Assistants for Summer 2021

If you are interested 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. Applications are now being accepted for research assistant positions that will start in the summer of 2021. Applications will be accepted through October 8, 2020 and reviewed on a rolling basis until positions are filled. U.S. Citizenship is required for Research Assistant positions, along with a two-year minimum commitment. To apply, please click here.

The Federal Reserve System is expecting to hire several 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 our 13 locations, please visit www.fedeconjobs.org.

Applied Micro Economist Applied Micro Economist

The Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston has a opening for a new or experienced applied micro economist with expertise in the areas of labor economics, public economics, and urban economics.

Candidates interested may apply here.

Financial Economist Financial Economist

The Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston has a opening for a new or experienced financial economist with expertise in the areas of financial economics, financial markets and institutions.

Candidates interested may apply here.

Macroeconomist Macroeconomist

The Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston has openings for new or experienced macroeconomist with expertise in macroeconomics, monetary economics, international macroeconomics.

Candidates interested may apply here.

"As an economist in the Boston Fed’s Research department, I have the benefit of working in a collaborative, diverse unit where my colleagues and leaders support me, and where I feel my work makes a meaningful impact on the community. I take pride in knowing my research contributes to economic and financial stabilization policies that have real-life implications, that our work can make a positive change for people, and that my contributions are valued by the Bank."

Vaishali Garga, Research

Dissertation Fellowship Opportunities 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.

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“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, Research