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Webster University, St. Louis

B.S. Economics
Webster University, St. Louis

Contact Info

Phone: (314) 444-6222
Fax: (314) 444-8731

Research Division
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
P.O. Box 442
St. Louis, MO 63166-0442

For media inquiries contact:
Laura Taylor
Office: (314) 444-8783

Maria A. Arias

FRED Data Engineer 

Maria A Arias works on the FRED team developing and maintaining the data update process. She also helps lead FRED workshops for new and existing audiences to market new features and help users make the most of FRED. Prior to joining the FRED team, Maria was a Senior Research Associate in the Research Division, where she worked alongside economists to analyze datasets on topics from regional employment to national growth. She has published research on metro area economic activity, as well as poverty and middle-income traps.

Selected Presentations

C2ER 59th Annual Conference & LMI Institute Annual Forum. Storytelling with FRED: Creating and Sharing Customizable Dashboards. June 5, 2019. 

The Ninth Annual AEA Conference on Teaching and Research in Economic Education (CTREE). FRED in the Intermediate and Advanced Classroom. May 2019

Women in Economics Symposium. Women in Economics Rock! FRED Workshop. February 2019

Association for University Business and Economic Research (AUBER) 2018 Fall Conference: FRED tools to access, analyze, and download data. October, 2018

The Eighth Annual AEA Conference on Teaching and Research in Economic Education (CTREE). FRED in the Classroom. May 2018

Selected Publications

Maria A. Arias, Charles S. Gascon, and David E Rapach. “Metro Business Cycles,” Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, 94(C), 90-108.

Also available as Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Working Paper 2014-046C. 

Maria A. Arias and Yi Wen, “Relative Income Traps,” Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review, First Quarter 2016, pp. 41-60.

Professional Memberships, Awards, Service

National Association of Business Economists (NABE), Member