Public Policy Visiting Scholar position (FRB Boston)

June 06, 2013

Dear Colleague:

I am writing to inform you of visiting scholar positions at the New England Public Policy Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in 2014-2015. These positions may be of interest to you or some of your colleagues, and I invite you to learn more about the opportunity and to share this information with others.

The Center is an applied policy research group within the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s research department. Our mission is to promote better public policy in New England by conducting and disseminating objective, high-quality research and analysis of regional economic and policy issues. To promote this mission, we invite several researchers to join us as visiting scholars each year.

We are currently accepting applications for positions starting in 2014. Visiting scholars are typically paid a portion of their base salary (we do not provide or pay for research or other staff support or pay for scholars’ relocation or travel costs). Over the course of his or her tenure with the Policy Center, we expect that the visiting scholar will:

· Work on a substantive piece of research on a public policy issue of relevance to New England and that complements the work of the Center. It is expected that this work will be published in the Boston Fed research department working paper or public policy discussion paper series (with the author retaining all future publishing rights to his or her work). The scholar may be asked to present this research at public venues convened by the Center or advise policy makers about relevant findings.

· Present preliminary results to Center staff during an informal seminar and deliver a formal presentation at a later stage in the research department seminar series at the Boston Fed.

· Support the work of the Center. This may include, but is not limited to: co-authoring a paper, reviewing drafts of working papers and research reports, or advising regional policy makers in the scholar’s area of expertise.

· Interact with researchers and contribute to intellectual life in the Center and the research department.

Priority will be given to research proposals that complement the Center’s research agenda (attached) and/or are within its two primary areas of expertise:

State and local public finance, including:

· Long-term fiscal sustainability of state and local governments

· Cyclical properties of state and local government budgets

· Indebtedness of state and local governments

· State and local government pension systems and other post-retirement benefits

· Fiscal federalism

· Costs and benefits of regionalizing local public services; best practices

Labor market and demographic trends, including:

· Supply-demand imbalances (or skills mismatches) in state and regional labor markets

· Effects of demographic change (including immigration and retirement) on state and regional labor supply

· Domestic migration and state and regional labor markets

· Labor market implications of health care reform

· Education and workforce training strategies

· Youth unemployment

Interested candidates should submit a letter of intent, current curriculum vitae, and a brief research proposal (1,500 word limit) by Friday, September 27, 2013. The letter should indicate the candidate’s interest in the position and the activities of the Center, available dates, and salary requirements.

Please submit materials to:

Darcy Saas, Deputy Director

New England Public Policy Center, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston


(617) 973 3177

Further information about the New England Public Policy Center and the Visiting Scholar Program is available at

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me (617.973.3809) or Darcy Saas. Also, please feel free to pass this announcement along to colleagues who would be good candidates.

Thank you for your consideration.


Vice President & Director, New England Public Policy Center

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA 02210

Tel: 617-973-3809


About Meg Streams

I am an associate professor of public administration at Tennessee State University. The opinions expressed on my blog are my own and do not represent those of my institution.
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