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Center for Financial Research

Economists

Last Updated: December 17, 2020

Join the Center as an Economist

Economists in the Center for Financial Research (CFR) are responsible for both independent scholarly research and policy work.

Research at the Center focuses on banking, financial markets, consumer finance, risk measurement, deposit insurance, and systemic risk, among other topics. Economists present their research at academic conferences, such as the annual meetings of the American Economic Association, the annual meetings of the American Finance Association, and the National Bureau of Economic Research Summer Institute. Economists publish their work in academic journals such as the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Monetary Economics, and the Journal of Financial Intermediation.

Each year, the Center organizes the Bank Research Conference (jointly with the Journal of Financial Services Research) and the Consumer Research Symposium. These events bring together researchers from around the world to present and discuss research on banking, financial markets, consumer finance, and other topics. The Center also hosts a regular seminar series.

Economists frequently publish papers in the Center’s Working Paper Series and the FDIC Staff Studies. Research is supported by an extensive set of resources. The Center’s advisors and scholars advise senior management and co-author research papers with economists. In addition, the FDIC subscribes to many commercial data services and datasets, collects and manages an extensive set of regulatory data on the financial state and operations of U.S. banks, and maintains an extensive library. Economists also have access to econometric and statistical computing packages, including SAS, Stata, MATLAB, and R; in-house training; and funding for education and training that can be used to attend academic conferences, seminars, and skills workshops.

The Center hires economists at all experience levels. A background in banking is not required for entry-level economists. Mid-career and senior economists are expected to have experience in economics, banking, and finance.

The FDIC is consistently ranked as one of the top federal agencies listed on the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® by the Partnership for Public Service. The FDIC offers economists a competitive salary and a number of benefits, including the following:

  • FDIC 401(k) Plan
  • Transit subsidy
  • Professional Learning Accounts
  • Subsidized fitness centers
  • Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Relocation benefits
  • Annual professional license and membership reimbursement of up to $600
  • On-site daycare centers
  • Parental leave
  • A posting for Financial Economists at grade level 12/13/14 is now available on USAJOBS.

    If you have any questions, please contact Catherine Spencer at (202) 898-6889.