Bob Hunt is a vice
president and director of the Payment Cards Center, with responsibility
for managing the center and its research agenda. He joined the center in
January 2009 and became its director in April 2009.
In his previous role
as a senior economist in the Bank's Research Department, Hunt's research
focused on consumer payments, consumer finance, and the economics of
innovation. His work includes studies of the dynamics of the consumer
credit reporting industry, credit counseling organizations, the
collections industry, and antitrust issues in consumer payment networks.
In addition, while still in Research, Hunt helped guide the Payment
Cards Center's research activities by serving in an informal advisory
role to the center's director. Before joining the Bank in 1998, Hunt
worked for the U.S. Congressional Budget Office. Prior to attending
graduate school, he was an industry risk analyst for Bank One,
Hunt received a
Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. (summa
cum laude) in political science and economics from Butler University.