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Research Associates

Research analysts discuss their work

The primary mission of the St. Louis Fed Research Division is to provide high-quality, timely advice to the Bank’s president about monetary policy and banking issues. Producing and communicating important economic research in areas such as macroeconomics, international economics, and regional economics are also crucial components of the Division’s responsibilities.

Working with the Division’s economists, research associates (RAs) at the St. Louis Fed play an integral role in achieving these objectives. To learn more about the position and apply visit https://research.stlouisfed.org/RAjobs.





Current Research Associates


Aaron Amburgey

Aaron Amburgey

Started at the St. Louis Fed:  July 2019
University/College: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Major: Economics and Applied Mathematics

Aaron says: "As an RA at the St. Louis Fed, I get to work closely with experienced research economists. This is an extremely rewarding environment that pushes me to gain new skills and knowledge in economics, programming and statistics in order to assist my economists' research endeavors. The opportunity to be involved in the economics research process and attend Fed-hosted seminars and workshops will help me prepare for any future career path I decide."



Iris Arbogast

Iris Arbogast

Started at the St. Louis Fed: July 2020
University/College: Carleton College
Major: Economics

Iris says: "After interning in the research department at the St. Louis Fed, I knew I wanted to return as a research associate. As research associates, we're given the resources and time to learn to be better economists at a top-tier macroeconomics research institution. The programming, statistics, and economics knowledge that I've gained will be invaluable in economics graduate school. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, I've felt very well-supported by the bank and our group of research associates."



Julie Bennett

Julie Bennett

Started at the St. Louis Fed:  July 2019
University/College: Davidson College
Major: Economics

Julie says: "I chose to work at the St. Louis Fed because I wanted to be a part of a community of researchers pursuing rigorous analysis of important and interesting questions. As a research associate, I am constantly improving as a writer, programmer, mathematician and analyst. I greatly value the opportunity to work alongside and collaborate with economists and fellow RAs in an environment where I’m always challenged to think critically and learn new things."    



Jason Dunn

Jason Dunn

Started at the St. Louis Fed:  July 2021
University/College: Colby College
Major: Economics and History

Jason says: “The St. Louis Fed RA position provides me with the ideal experience between my undergraduate and future graduate education. Exposure to the full extent of the research process is integral in understanding the nature of economics and my interest in the field. The job also complements the theoretical learning in undergrad with more technical programming, which is essential in carrying out ideas effectively and efficiently. Most of all, being surrounded by individuals with significant levels of intellectual curiosity continues to motivate me every day in the pursuit of knowledge.”



Praew Grittayaphong

Praew Grittayaphong

Started at the St. Louis Fed: June 2020 
University/College: Vassar College
Major: Economics and Mathematics

Praew says: "Working at the St. Louis Fed provides a unique opportunity for me to engage in economic research on a wide range of topics. The RA position has allowed me to work closely with experienced economists, helped me strengthen my economic intuition and technical skills, and motivated me to keep learning and taking on new challenges. As someone who hopes to pursue a graduate program in economics in the future, the resources provided at the Bank are very invaluable."



Maggie Isaacson

Maggie Isaacson

Started at the St. Louis Fed:  July 2020
University/College: University of Virginia
Major: Economics and Mathematics

Maggie says: "When picking a place to work after graduation, I was looking for somewhere with opportunities to learn, develop my skills, and apply everything I learned throughout my undergraduate career. The St. Louis Fed provided everything I was looking for, along with a great place to work every day. I’m excited to know the other RAs in the cohort and many experienced economists who can help me in my journey."




Samuel Jordan-Wood

Samuel Jordan-Wood

Started at the St. Louis Fed:  July 2021
University/College: University of Minnesota
Major: Economics

Sam says: “Coming out of undergraduate I knew I wanted to be a researcher, because it provides a unique opportunity to spend your day thinking about interesting topics and trying to solve problems. Working at the Federal Reserve gives you the chance to do research with extremely intelligent economists and coworkers. The St. Louis Fed is one of the few that pairs you directly with economists, facilitating strong relationships. You learn more about coding, data, economics, math, and statistics every day. If you are curious about the world, this is the perfect environment.” 




Jesse LaBelle

Jesse LaBelle

Started at the St. Louis Fed: June 2020
University/College: Southern Methodist University
Major: Economics

Jesse says: "I applied for the position of Research Associate at the St. Louis Fed to get some real world experience in the economics profession. I also knew it would be invaluable preparation—for either a PhD in economics, should I decide to go that route, or any job I decide to pursue in the future. This position will sharpen my analytical and programming skills beyond what other positions offer. I am excited for all the opportunities, both at the bank and outside the bank."




Ramon Silvera Zumaran

Ramon Silvera Zumaran

Started at the St. Louis Fed:  July 2021
University/College: University of Arkansas
Major: Economic Analytics

Ramon says: “The St. Louis Fed has that unusual but ideal combination of a challenging but welcoming work environment. As an RA, I have been able to hone my skills in programming, statistical analysis, and technical writing applied to a variety of significant economic research projects. Just as important, I have been able to grow as a professional and a person with the help of a cohort of supporting and welcoming like-minded RAs and experienced economists. Working here is an invaluable experience for any aspiring research professional in economics.”



Amy Smaldone

Amy Smaldone

Started at the St. Louis Fed:  July 2021
University/College: Rutgers University
Major: Economics and Mathematics

Amy says: “After graduating college, I knew I wanted to continue to explore economic research and working here at the St Louis Fed gives me that chance. Here, I am able to continue to develop my analytical and programming skills, all the while collaborating with and learning from economists and other RAs. This is a fantastic experience that I am grateful to have.”




Joel Steinberg

Joel Steinberg

Started at the St. Louis Fed: July 2020
University/College: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Major: Economics and Mathematics

Joel says: "I chose to work for the St. Louis Fed because it offers a unique opportunity to gain exposure to economics research. Meeting the other RAs has made me tremendously excited to learn about the theoretical and technical aspects of doing research, and I have no doubt this experience will be invaluable for my future, wherever it may take me.”





Devin Werner

Devin Werner

Started at the St. Louis Fed:  June 2019
University/College: Washington University in St. Louis
Major: Economics, Mathematics, and Psychology

Devin says: "Coming out of undergrad, I knew I wanted to learn more about economic research, bolster my coding and statistical knowledge, and use my skills for some greater purpose. The St. Louis Fed has allowed me to do all three. I have learned and seen so much as an RA I can’t imagine experiencing elsewhere—to say nothing of the close connections I’ve made with many of my coworkers. I don’t know what I’ll be doing after I work here, but I’m sure I’ll be ready for it."



Olivia Wilkinson

Olivia Wilkinson

Started at the St. Louis Fed:  April 2020
University/College: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Major: Economics

Olivia says: "I decided to apply for this position at the St. Louis Fed because I knew it would be an invaluable learning experience and fantastic preparation for pursuing a PhD in Economics. So far I have already been able to sharpen my analytical and programming skills and learn new things about the Economic research process. I look forward to gaining even more on-the-job experience as well as the opportunity to take graduate courses at some of the universities here in St. Louis."