Frequently Asked Questions


Do staff economists in different sections or divisions interact frequently? Are staff economists allowed to move to other sections or divisions if they choose?
Economists interact daily with those in other sections and divisions. When possible, the economic research divisions accomodate economists wishing to move to another section or division. While some economists choose to spend a career working in one particular section, building a recognized expertise in one particular field, it is common for others to choose to move between sections or divisions on either a temporary or permanent basis.

Do staff economists interact with other research institutions in the Washington area?
The Washington area contains one of the largest groups of Ph.D. economists in the world. A number of universities are in the area, including American University, Georgetown University, George Mason University, George Washington University, Howard University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Maryland. Local research institutions include the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Brookings Institution, the American Enterprise Institute, the Cato Institute, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Mathematica Policy Research, the Economic Policy Institute, and the Institute for International Economics. Board staff have access to many of the resources of the other research institutions in the area, including seminars and library services.


Are staff economists allowed to act as referees or editors of journals?
Board economists regularly act as referees for economic journals, and some also serve on the editorial boards of economic journals.


Are staff economists allowed to teach classes at local universities?
With the permission of their manager, Board economists have taught undergraduate and graduate classes at local universities outside of regular working hours. Staff are sometimes granted a leave of absence to pursue longer-term teaching assignments. A formal sabbatical program is also available for economists who have been at the Board for a number of years.


Are staff economists allowed to travel to conferences or seminars?
The Board provides support for staff presentations of seminars at research institutions and for participation in professional economic meetings. Support may also be provided for enrollment in relevant academic courses, including short courses, or to pursue degree programs in relevant fields.

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Last Update: March 26, 2017