New director for Boston Fed’s New England Public Policy Center
Former economist at the Federal Reserve Board to lead Center focused on New England policy issues
The Boston Fed today welcomed Jeffrey Thompson to lead the Bank’s New England Public Policy Center. Thompson, formerly a principal economist at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute, was selected to lead the Center because of his expertise and enthusiasm for employing research to improve public policy and economic outcomes for New England’s people and places.
Thompson is an accomplished researcher and has published works on topics in regional, public, and labor economics, including household finance, wealth and consumption inequality, and state and local tax issues. Thompson earned his doctorate in economics from Syracuse University.
About the New England Public Policy Center
The New England Public Policy Center is a division of the Boston Fed’s research department. The Center promotes better public policy in New England by conducting and disseminating objective, high-quality research and analysis of strategically identified regional economic and policy issues. Recently, the Center’s economists and policy analysts have considered a range of topics including student debt affordability, homelessness, municipal aid, and criminal justice reform. Established in 2005, the Center institutionalizes the Boston Fed’s historic tradition of supporting the New England public policy community.