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Still image from the video of B. Ravikumar in front of an optical illusion background reading 'Schrodinger's cat is alive | dead'

B. Ravikumar, Deputy Director of Research, recently took part in a panel discussion hosted by EconJobMarket alongside colleagues from the Fed's Board of Governors and the Justice Department.

In the hour-long interview hosted by Joel Watson, a professor of economics at the University of California-San Diego, the panelists explained the work culture for economists in their organizations, touching on recruitment, collaboration, and research focus, among other topics.

At the St. Louis Fed, research economists expand the frontier of economic knowledge by producing high-quality original research in the areas of macroeconomics, money and banking, and applied microeconomics. Our economists contribute to monetary policy discussions by advising the Bank president on a range of topics, especially in preparation for Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meetings.

View selected clips of Ravikumar's comments below or learn more on our careers page.

In addition to the topics mentioned above, Ravikumar, Watson, Paul Smith from the Fed's Board of Governors, and Deborah Minehart from the U.S. Department of Justice discussed the application and hiring process for economists in their institutions, including the job market paper and talk. You can view the full video at

Want to learn more about our research work? You can listen to more interviews with our economists and others in the Bank's Women in Economics and Timely Topics podcast series, or browse the general-interest Economic Synopses essays and the On the Economy blog.