CSWEP: Summer Economics Fellows Program: Sponsors

Participating Programs

Federal Reserve Board As the central bank of the United States, the Federal Reserve's mission is to provide the nation with a safer, more flexible, and more stable monetary and financial system. Economists at the Federal Reserve Board conduct cutting edge research on a broad range of topics in economics and finance and contribute substantive policy analyses used by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and the Federal Open Market Committee. In addition to presenting their research to policymakers, Board economists share their research at academic conferences and publish it in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and other outlets. The Federal Reserve Board, located in Washington, D.C., employs over 300 Ph.D. economists, who represent an exceptionally diverse range of interests and specific areas of expertise. Our economists have a strong grounding in economic theory and quantitative methods, a keen interest in applying their knowledge to addressing real-world issues, the ability to communicate clearly, and impressive intellectual curiosity, personal initiative, and collegiality. For more information: http://www.federalreserve.gov/careers/default.htm.
Bureau of Economic Analysis The Bureau of Economic Analysis, an agency of the Department of Commerce, is one of the world's leading statistical agencies. BEA produces some of the most closely watched economic statistics that influence the decisions made by government officials, business people, households, and individuals. BEA's economic statistics, which provide a comprehensive, up-to-date picture of the U.S. economy, are key ingredients in critical decisions affecting monetary policy, tax and budget projections, and business investment plans. The cornerstone of BEA's statistics is the national income and product accounts (NIPAs), which feature the estimates of gross domestic product (GDP) and related measures. As a leader in the development of new and innovative approaches to economic measurement, BEA supports research that can further its mission which is, broadly speaking, to provide timely, reliable and comprehensive estimates of measured economic activity. Researchers at BEA are involved in a variety of projects; information on research at BEA can be found on our website: www.bea.gov/research.
Bureau of Labor Statistics The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal fact-finding agency for the U.S. government in the broad filed of labor economics and statistics. The BLS is an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public, the U.S. Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business, and labor. BLS produces data on the topics of inflation and prices, employment, unemployment, pay and benefits, spending and time use, productivity, and workplace injuries, primarily for the U.S. economy, and in some cases, internationally (see http://www.bls.gov/bls/proghome.htm for more information). PhD researchers use BLS data to conduct economic analysis and to improve the quality of data collected and produced. An overview of BLS research programs can be seen at this link: http://www.bls.gov/bls/research.htm.
Census Bureau Economists at the Census Bureau have the unparalleled opportunity to conduct cutting-edge economic research using internal microdata to examine questions that cannot be addressed by aggregate statistics or public microdata. Due to the Census Bureau's vast data collection and information dissemination efforts, the areas for potential research at the Census Bureau have both breadth and depth. In addition to conducting the Decennial Census, the Census Bureau also collects demographic information through surveys such as the American Community Survey and the American Housing Survey. The Census Bureau collects detailed business information through the Economic Census and detailed surveys covering such areas as R&D activities, information technology, and the characteristics of business owners. Economists using household data research topics such as housing, income, poverty, program participation, disability, health insurance, labor force, family structure, child care, well-being, education, and migration. Economists using business data research topics including, productivity dynamics, firm behavior, technological change, industrial location, entrepreneurship, labor, trade, health care, energy, urban and regional economics, and the environment. The Census Bureau supports a dynamic, engaging research environment through internal seminar series, informal brown bag lunches, working paper series, student internships and mentorships, and the Research Data Center network. Examples of research conducted at the Census Bureau and descriptions of the Bureau vast array of data can be found at http://www.census.gov/ces/index.html.
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta The Federal Reserve System consists of twelve Reserve Banks located around the country and the Board of Governors in Washington D.C. The Atlanta Fed is the Reserve Bank for the 6th district of the Federal Reserve System, responsible for the territory covering Alabama, Florida, Georgia and parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. One of the primary roles of each Reserve Bank is to guide monetary policy carried out by the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). To carry out this responsibility, the Research Department of the Atlanta Fed employs about 25 Ph.D. economists and financial economists. The Research Department also houses the Center for Quantitative Economic Research; the Americas Center; the Center on Financial Innovation and Financial Stability; and the Center for Labor, Education, and Health Policy Studies. Each of these Centers is designed to focus the research activities of economists at the Fed and within the community around areas of expertise that reside in the Research Department. Further information about the Atlanta Fed's research department and the type of research in which the economists engage can be found online (http://www.frbatlanta.org/research/). The research productivity of the economists at the Atlanta Fed consistently places it at the top of the institutional rankings of research institutions in Georgia by RePEc.
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston As part of the nation's central bank, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston promotes price stability and sustainable growth in the nation and the New England region. In support of these functions, Research Department economists provide current economic analysis and policy advice to Federal Reserve decisionmakers. They also conduct innovative research on a wide range of economic, financial, and behavioral topics that aims to improve our understanding of the U.S. and global economies and to encourage better policy outcomes. Through presentations, publications, and advisory activities, they share their research and expertise with policymakers, fellow economists, and the public at large.
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago The Chicago Fed is the Reserve Bank for the 7th district of the Federal Reserve System, responsible for the territory covering all of Iowa and most of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. The Research Department and the Financial Markets Group at the Chicago Fed employs about 35 Ph.D. economists and financial economists. In addition to doing analysis to inform monetary policy decisions, the economists at the Chicago Fed work on a wide variety of research projects. We are particularly interested in summer fellows who are either junior faculty or working on their dissertations who will have significant research synergies with the economists on staff. Further information about the Chicago Fed and the type of research in which the economists engage can be found online at http://www.chicagofed.org/webpages/research/index.cfm.
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City – Economic Research Department The Economic Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City conducts innovative economic research on monetary policy and other issues of importance to the Bank and the Federal Reserve System and communicates the results of this research to policymakers, other researchers, and the general public. We are willing to consider summer fellows at the stage of writing a dissertation in the fields of macroeconomics and monetary economics, open-economy macroeconomics, or international finance. The Summer Fellow will have the opportunity to interact with professionals in a stimulating research environment and to attend the Department's invited seminar series. Students conducting computationally intensive research will find particularly attractive the availability of high-performance computer facilities. For more detailed information on the Research Department and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, please visit http://www.kansascityfed.org/research. Applicants should take care of visa requirements.
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis' Research Department has long been considered one of the best economic research institutions in the country. Its staff includes a Nobel Laureate and numerous other Ph.D. economists with diverse academic and private-sector experience. The primary missions of the department are to conduct top-quality independent research and to provide policy analysis and support for the bank's president. The department's consultant and visitor programs bring in leading economists from around the world on a regular basis. The department also collaborates closely with the University of Minnesota. The Minneapolis Fed is responsible for the 9th Federal Reserve District, which includes Minnesota, Montana, North and South Dakota, 26 counties in northwestern Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The bank's primary responsibilities include monetary policy, financial stability, banking supervision, payment services, and community engagement. One of the many business lines that serve these critical functions is the Research Department. Economists in the department have interests including monetary economics, business cycles, international macroeconomics, applied microeconomics, household finance, and financial regulation. The Research Department also supports the bank's Center for Indian Country Development and its mission of helping self-governing communities of American Indians in the United States attain their economic development goals. In 2016, the Research Department and Center seek a summer fellow who is a development economist interested in contributing to the Center's emerging strategy of research on Indian Country economies. For more information about the department, please visit: http://www.minneapolisfed.org/research/economic_research/
Federal Reserve Bank of New York The Federal Reserve Bank of New York works within the Federal Reserve System and with other public and private sector institutions to foster the safety, soundness and vitality of our economic and financial systems. The New York Fed oversees the Second Federal Reserve District, which includes New York state, the 12 northern counties of New Jersey, Fairfield County in Connecticut, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Though it serves a geographically small area compared with those of other Federal Reserve Banks, the New York Fed is the largest Reserve Bank in terms of assets and volume of activity. In addition to responsibilities the New York Fed shares in common with the other Reserve Banks, the New York Fed has several unique responsibilities, including conducting open market operations, intervening in foreign exchange markets, and storing monetary gold for foreign central banks, governments and international agencies. Foremost among its functions is the implementation of monetary policy, one of the three missions of the New York Fed. The other two are supervision and regulation, and international operations. We provide a wide range of payment services for financial institutions and the U.S. government. We also help formulate and execute policies for the oversight of U.S. and international payment systems. In addition, we foster innovation in payment systems and conduct research on topical payment issues. Information about the current activities of the Research Group of the NY Fed are available online at http://www.newyorkfed.org/research/index.html.
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond As part of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond contributes to the formulation of national monetary policy, supervises and regulates financial institutions headquartered in the 5th Federal Reserve District, and provides some financial services to financial institutions and the U.S. Treasury. Economists in the Research Department at the Richmond Fed conduct primary research aimed at publication in top academic journals. The research conducted in the Department covers a range of topics including financial markets and institutions, inflation and monetary policy, determinants of business cycles, labor markets, payment policy, contract theory, microeconomics of firm pricing decisions, consumer finance, sectoral dynamics, economic history, and regional economics. This research allows economists to inform policy decisions over the long-run, provide analysis and advice to policymakers, and educate the public on key issues. More information about the Richmond Fed's Research Department can be found at: http://www.richmondfed.org/research.
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis As one of the 12 regional Reserve banks in the Federal Reserve System, the St. Louis Fed is central to America's economy. The St. Louis Bank's five most-critical functions can be described as follows: The Research Division's vision is to be recognized among the top research departments by other Federal Reserve Research divisions, leading researchers outside the System, and within the Bank. To achieve this vision, the Research Division strives to: More information about the St. Louis Fed Research Division can be found at http://research.stlouisfed.org/.
Federal Trade Commission The Bureau of Economics helps the Federal Trade Commission evaluate the economic impact of its actions. To do so, the Bureau provides guidance and support to the agency's antitrust and consumer protection activities. In the antitrust area, the Bureau participates in the investigation of alleged anticompetitive acts or practices and provides advice on the economic merits of alternative antitrust actions. If an enforcement action is initiated, the Bureau integrates economic analysis into the proceeding (sometimes providing the expert witness at trial) and works with the Bureau of Competition to devise appropriate remedies. In the consumer protection area, the Bureau provides economic support and analysis of potential Commission actions in both cases and rulemakings handled by the Bureau of Consumer Protection. Bureau economists also provide analysis of appropriate penalty levels to deter activity that harms consumers. The Bureau also conducts economic analyses of various markets and industries. This work focuses on the economic effects of regulation and on issues that are of importance to antitrust and consumer protection law enforcement. Many of these analyses are published as Economic Reports. For more information on the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Economics, visit: http://ftc.gov/be/index.shtml
Office of Science and Data Policy, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), Department of Health and Human Services The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) advises the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on policy development in health, disability, human services, data, and science; and provides advice and analysis on economic policy. The ASPE leads special initiatives; coordinates the Department's evaluation, research, and demonstration activities; and manages cross-Department planning activities such as strategic planning, legislative planning, and review of regulations. Integral to this role, The ASPE conducts research and evaluation studies; develops policy analyses; and estimates the cost and benefits of policy alternatives under consideration by the Department or Congress.
ASPE's Office of Science and Data Policy is the departmental focal point for policy research, analysis, evaluation, and coordination of department-wide public health science policy and data policy activities and issues. The Office provides authoritative advice and analytical support to the ASPE and departmental leadership on public health science policy and data policy issues and initiatives, coordinates science and data policy issues of interagency scope within HHS, and manages interagency initiatives in science policy and data policy. The Office works closely with staff from across the Department on strategic plan development and implementation efforts. The Offices also carries out a program of policy research, analysis, evaluation, and data development in these issues. More information on the Office of Science and Data Policy is available at: https://aspe.hhs.gov/office-science-and-data-policy.
Office of Health Policy, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), Department of Health and Human Services The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) advises the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on policy development in health, disability, human services, data, and science; and provides advice and analysis on economic policy. The ASPE leads special initiatives; coordinates the Department's evaluation, research, and demonstration activities; and manages cross-Department planning activities such as strategic planning, legislative planning, and review of regulations. Integral to this role, The ASPE conducts research and evaluation studies; develops policy analyses; and estimates the cost and benefits of policy alternatives under consideration by the Department or Congress. ASPE's Office of Health Policy (HP) largely focuses on monitoring the impact of the Affordable Care Act. Initiatives which involve outreach and enrollment, payment and delivery system reform, quality improvement, patient-centered outcomes research, the health care safety net, and vulnerable populations. HP consists of four divisions, Public Health Services, Health Care Quality and Outcomes, Health Care Financing Policy, and Health Care Access and Coverage. Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the work HP's Divisions at: http://aspe.hhs.gov/office_specific/hp_descriptions.cfm
RAND's Summer Associate Program RAND's Graduate Student Summer Associate Program introduces outstanding graduate students to RAND, an institution that conducts research on a wide range of national security problems and domestic and international social policy issues. Summer Associates typically work at RAND for a 12-week period. Students are given the opportunity to conduct independent research that can be completed during the three months they are at RAND. Each Summer Associate is assigned to a research project and is mentored by a senior research staff member -- usually one with the same academic background as the Summer Associate. A student is offered an associateship only after the student and RAND agree that a good match exists between the student's interests and skills and the needs of an ongoing RAND research project. For more information: http://www.rand.org/about/edu_op/fellowships/gsap.html
Resources for the Future Resources for the Future (RFF) is an independent, nonpartisan research organization focused on economic and policy analysis of environmental and natural resource issues. RFF was the first think tank devoted exclusively to these topics and helped pioneer the field of environmental and natural resource economics. RFF shares the results of its work with the academic community and with policymakers in government, business, the media, and the interested public. RFF neither lobbies nor takes institutional positions on specific legislative or regulatory proposals. RFF is based in Washington, DC. Summer fellows are expected to work closely with RFF scholars to conduct heavily quantitative research and policy study of ongoing topics. More about RFF and its topics are at http://rff.org.
Urban Institute The Urban Institute is a nonprofit research organization, committed to elevating the debate on social and economic policy issues, and our mission is to open minds, shape decisions and offer solutions through our research. Founded in 1968 to understand the problems facing America's cities and assess the programs of the War on Poverty, the Urban Institute has brought decades of objective analysis and expertise to policy debates—in city halls and state houses, Congress and the White House, and emerging democracies around the world. Today, our research portfolio ranges from the social safety net to health and tax policies; the well-being of families and neighborhoods; and trends in work, earnings, and wealth-building. Our scholars have a distinguished track record of turning evidence into solutions. Urban's multidisciplinary professional staff of roughly 350 includes researchers and analysts trained in economics, public policy and administration, political science, urban planning, business administration, education, sociology, law, engineering, computer sciences, and other fields. We conduct sophisticated research to understand and solve real-world challenges in communities; at city, state, and national levels; and across a rapidly urbanizing world. Our scholars blend academic rigor with on-the-ground engagement, teaming with policymakers, community leaders, practitioners, and the private sector to diagnose problems and find solutions.

Co-operating Programs

Congressional Budget Office CBO's mandate is to provide the Congress with: The agency is composed primarily of economists and public policy analysts. About three-quarters of its professional staff hold advanced degrees, mostly in economics or public policy. CBO seeks professional staff with excellent academic backgrounds and experience in macroeconomics, public finance, health economics, demography, labor economics, financial economics, environmental and resource economics, industrial organization, defense economics, and public-policy analysis. Most staff have graduate degrees, many have considerable experience in a relevant field, and all assume major responsibilities--beginning early in their careers at CBO. CBO also has a paid summer internship program that is geared toward graduate students in the above specialty areas. CBO summer internships provide excellent opportunities to experience and observe the budget process and policymaking at the federal level. The internships are located in Washington, D.C. Interns contribute to CBO's work in program areas such as budget and tax policy, health care, national defense, the environment, education, retirement and other income assistance, regulation, and public investment. Students should be pursuing graduate academic programs in economics, public policy, health policy, financial management, mathematics, statistics, or related programs. At this time we are unable to consider undergraduate students. US citizens and noncitizens who are permanent residents of the United States seeking citizenship are eligible for consideration. Before applying, noncitizens should refer to the agency's information on citizenship requirements or call 202-226-2628 to determine employment eligibility. Students must submit a cover letter, resume, contact information for two references (academic and/or employment), and an unofficial copy of transcripts which includes coursework for the spring semester (first-year graduate students MUST submit both an undergraduate transcript and a graduate transcript). A complete application must be submitted through CBO's online application at http://www.cbo.gov/careers by the deadline of February 29, 2016 to be considered (no exceptions).
Economic Research Service The Economic Research Service (ERS) is a primary source of economic information and research in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With nearly 300 economists, most of whom have Ph.D.s, ERS is USDA's think tank, and conducts a research program to inform public and private decision-making on economic and policy issues involving food, farming, natural resources, and rural development. In over 40 years of serving its constituents, ERS has made noteworthy contributions to agricultural, environmental, and rural development policy in the United States. CSWEP fellows will have the opportunity to contribute to an exciting research agenda and have access to unique primary data, as well as a vast library of secondary data and software. CSWEP applicants to the Economic Research Service should have a solid foundation in economic theory, strong quantitative skills, and an interest in applied policy-relevant research that compliments or contributes to the ERS program of work. Current Administration policy-relevant research priorities include climate change, food safety, health and nutrition—particularly childhood obesity, international food security, and rural economic development. We cannot hire any non-U.S. citizens. See the ERS website for more information about the program of work www.ers.usda.gov.
Mathematica Mathematica's summer fellowship program provides students enrolled in a master's or Ph.D. program in public policy or a social science an opportunity to build their research skills in a nonacademic environment. Summer fellows pursue independent research on a policy issue of relevance to the economic and social problems of minority groups and individuals with disabilities. Fellows receive a stipend of $6,000 for full participation ($2,000 per month for the months of June through August), plus $500 toward project-related expenses. Ctrl+Click on "2009 Summer Fellows" to see the work done by last year's recipients. Opportunities are available in any of the following locations: Princeton, NJ, Ann Arbor, MI, Cambridge, MA, Chicago, IL, Oakland, CA, and Washington, DC. Applicants should submit the following items for consideration by March 12, 2010 to Human Resources, Mathematica Policy Research, P.O. Box 2393, Princeton, NJ 08543-2393: http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/Employment/summerfellow.asp

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