The Federal Reserve Board employs more than 500 researchers, including more than 400 Ph.D. economists, who represent an exceptionally diverse range of interests and specific areas of expertise. Board researchers conduct cutting edge research, produce numerous working papers and notes, and are among the leading contributors at professional meetings and in major journals. Our researchers also produce a wide variety of economic analyses and forecasts for the Board of Governors and the Federal Open Market Committee.

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Consumer and Community Affairs

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is responsible for implementing various federal laws intended to protect and inform consumers in credit and other financial service transactions, ensuring that consumers receive comprehensive information and fair treatment in these transactions, and promoting economic development and community lending in historically underserved areas.

The Board's Division of Consumer and Community Affairs conducts research not only to inform the Board's regulatory and policy development functions but also to support its consumer outreach and community development functions.

Consumer and Community Research
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Ellen A. Merry Principal Economist Consumer and Community Research
Consumer and Community Affairs
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Last Update: April 15, 2024