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Daniel Sexton

Senior Economic Research Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta


Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, Applied Economic Analysis

My favorite thing about working at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta is that every day I get to work with the best minds in the field on housing finance policy questions that try to understand and ultimately tame risks in the mortgage market. My daily work allows me to work and learn both independently and in groups, whether that means writing code for academic analysis, attending a seminar on a wide variety of topics in economics, or whiteboarding ways to explore an issue with colleagues.

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Hannah Shell

Senior Research Associate, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis


Drake University, Quantitative Economics and International Relations

Working at the Fed is a rare opportunity to get exposure to academic research without necessarily pursuing a higher-level degree first. As an analyst, I work daily with microdata from major surveys like the CPS and ACS, write estimation code for complex statistical procedures, and assist in every stage of the publication process. This experience will be invaluable after I leave the Fed and pursue a research-based degree.

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Sharada Dharmasankar

Associate Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago


University of Chicago, Economics, English

The most valuable thing I’ve acquired in my time as an AE at the Chicago Fed is a deep understanding of how academic research is conducted. Working with my team, taking classes, and attending seminar presentations have given me a broad perspective on the research process: formulating research ideas, learning about new and interesting sources of data, and how to review and question existing work. Doing this on a daily basis with researchers who are leaders in their fields has only furthered my interest in pursuing graduate studies in economics.

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Breyon Williams

Summer Fellow, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston


University of South Carolina, B.A. Political Science, M.A. Economics, Fourth-year economics PhD student at the University of South Carolina

I recently had the opportunity to work with the Boston Fed's Research Department as an AEA Summer Fellow. As a visiting fellow, I was able to present my research to members of the research community and receive valuable feedback not only from experienced economists, but from talented research assistants (RAs) too. Having experienced the rigors of a doctoral program, I believe the Research Assistant Program provides the type of preparation and research experience needed for success in a doctoral program. RAs can expect to be ahead of the curve when it comes to econometric analysis, utilization of statistical software packages, the publication process, and the job market. If I had known that such a program existed when I was considering PhD programs, I would have definitely applied!

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Margaret Sauer

Research Assistant, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis


Carleton College, Mathematics

My time at the Fed is split between data-gathering and analysis and preparatory work for regular meetings. The wide variety of questions considered here mean I have the opportunity to work with data from many sources and in many different forms. In my time here I’ve learned to identify good sources of data, prepare it for analysis, and present it to audiences with varying degrees of technical understanding. At the Fed, we also attend presentations by visiting scholars: this has allowed me to learn about current economic topics and to develop a concrete idea of my plans for the years ahead.

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Femi Ogunrinu

Senior Research Assistant, Federal Reserve Board of Governors


Howard University, International Business (BBA), Economics (MA)

Working at the Board has reinforced my desire to pursue a PhD in economics. The on-the-job learning, particularly with statistical programming, definitely gives you a leg up in grad school or any other career path. Flexible work schedule, normal hours, academic assistance, and some freedom to work on your own personal research interests, are some of the additional benefits that have truly made my time at the Board a great experience.

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Nima Dahir

Research Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank of New York


Ohio State University, Mathematics and Economics

The Fed places great value on learning and skill acquisition. Working alongside premier research economists has bolstered my critical thinking skills and given me the opportunity to contribute to truly impactful policy research. RAs are encouraged to attend seminars by Fed economists and academic researchers. These talks introduced me to aspects of economics beyond my area of focus. In addition, through the Bank’s tuition assistance program, I have taken courses at NYU to strengthen my programming skills.

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Joseph Pedtke

Research Associate, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco


Carleton College, Economics and Mathematics/Statistics

Working at the SF Fed has been an amazing experience. Not only are those I work with some of the nicest people I’ve met, but the variety of research projects continues to expand my understanding of economics and econometrics. I feel lucky to have such incredible mentors who help me grow and improve as a researcher.

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Nick Reynolds

Former Research Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia


Haverford College: Economics, Environmental Studies, PhD student in Economics at Brown University

The best way to discover if economic research is for you is to jump right in and start doing it. Being an RA at the Philadelphia Fed uniquely allows you to do this right out of college — giving you the opportunity to collaborate directly with economists on leading academic research and to work alongside other RAs with similar goals and interests. I have worked with an economist on an extensive project creating a novel data set of patent records that we hope will provide a new window into the innovation process. Additionally, as part of our RA Seminar Series I’ve tried my hand at presenting my own research ideas and received valuable feedback from my fellow RAs. I’ll be taking this research experience with me to an economics Ph.D. program.

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Jackson Evert

Research Associate, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond


University of Chicago: Economics, Philosophy

Working as an RA has been incredibly useful for figuring out if I wanted to pursue a PhD in Economics – being able to work on every step of the research process, like collecting and analyzing data, solving an economic model, or conducting a literature review, has given me a far more in-depth picture of the career of an economist than I could have ever gotten otherwise.

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Caitlin Treanor

Research Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland


American University: BS in Economics and BA in Political Science, Brandeis University: Masters in International Economics and Finance

Working at the Fed has provided excellent preparation for applying to a PhD program in Economics. It has given me valuable hard skills in terms of coding and mathematics, and I have learned a lot about how to think about economic issues. What are the good questions to ask, and how should I go about answering them? By far the best part about working here is the constant learning.

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Sabrina Minhas

Research Associate, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City


Loyola University Chicago:Economics, Political Science

My time at the Fed has been vital for my personal and professional growth. I have benefited from abundant resources, flexibility, challenging and meaningful work, and an environment that is committed to intellectual development. As a result of my work here, I feel better prepared to conduct research and move forward in my professional life.

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Rachel Brasier

Research Analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas


The University of Alabama: Economics and International Studies

As an RA at the Dallas Fed, I have had valuable and deep exposure to techniques for understanding and analyzing current and historical economic issues. Each project has introduced me to new ideas, theories, and even fields – RAs are students as well as analysts/assistants.