Research Assistant Candidate Survey Of Interests and Computer Experience

FR 28i: OMB no. 7100-0181
Average hours per response 24 minutes
Approval expires April 30, 2027

U.S. citizenship is required for Research Assistant positions.

I. The Board's economics divisions study a wide range of topics, including but not limited to the following broad areas of economic analysis and policy:

(General macro, public finance, unemployment, inflation, growth, and productivity)
(Consumer behavior, labor markets, public finance, urban and regional economics, health, education, natural resource economics, and industrial organization)
Financial Economics
(Money & capital markets, banking, asset pricing, derivatives, and regulation)
International Economics
(Trade, international finance, and development)
Computational Economics & Econometric Methods
(Algorithm development and simulation methods)
Economic Measurement
(Survey research, economic statistics, and national accounting)
Monetary Policy and Central Banking
(Money markets, monetary policy, and FR operations)

Many qualified Research Assistant candidates have no clear preference among the many areas of research done at the Board; however, for those who do, indicating such could be helpful to finding the best fit among the many different groups hiring research assistants. Please rank order the top 3, with 1 being the top, those broad areas of analysis that you are most interested in pursuing, or choose "no clear preference":

No Clear Preference

II. Responses to the prompts below are required, but allow candidates to expand upon the qualifications that successful Research Assistants possess, including:

  • Collaboration – likes to help others, works well with peers and supervisors, and adds a new perspective
  • Initiative – is resourceful and is eager to engage with RA tasks and topics
  • Integrity – is truthful, respects confidentiality, and admits mistakes
  • Perseverance – advances in unfamiliar or adverse situations
  • Time management – manages multiple tasks well and is organized

III. Successful Research Assistants also possess the ability to acquire and expand data analysis and programming skills. Please indicate your level of experience with and your degree of interest in the following areas:

When indicating your level of experience please refer to the following guidance:

Requires complete instructions and guidance.
Minimal experience in an educational setting. Will require instruction and guidance.
Can complete complex tasks with some guidance.
Can complete complex tasks with minimal guidance.
Can lead a project with no guidance.

  Experience   Degree of Interest
None Limited Moderate Proficient Extensive Low Moderate Strong

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This survey of interests is authorized by law [12 U.S.C. §§ 244 and 248(1)].

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Last Update: May 9, 2024