Meet the Researchers
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.
Research and Statistics
The Division of Research and Statistics is responsible for developing and presenting economic and financial data and analysis for the use of the Board, the Federal Open Market Committee, and other Federal Reserve System officials. This information serves as background for the formulation and conduct of monetary, regulatory, and supervisory policies. In addition, the division fosters a broader understanding of issues relating to economic policy by providing leadership in economic and statistical research and by supplying data and analyses for public release.
The Financial Structure section analyzes the competitive effects and financial stability impacts of proposals by bank holding companies to engage in mergers and acquisitions or to enter new areas of activity. It also provides the Board with information and analysis on current and emerging developments affecting the structure and performance of the U.S. banking sector. In support of these functions, the section conducts basic and applied research in the areas of industrial organization and financial economics and develops or maintains several extensive microeconomic data sets.