Meet May
Economic Research
  • Where are you from?

    Winston-Salem, North Carolina

  • What is your educational background?

    I have a B.A. in economics and minor in mathematical decision sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • What do you do at the Bank?

    I work with economists on the macroeconomics team in the research department at the Chicago Fed. My work consists of two main components: research and policy. For research, I assist my economists with projects that address interesting questions and developments in the macro economy.

  • "I have worked on research projects pertaining to topics such as monetary policy, forward guidance, inflation, and interest rates."
  • The other component of my work revolves around FOMC monetary policy. I participate in the process of creating economic forecasts for our Bank president Charlie Evans as he prepares for his FOMC meetings. This part of my job is a very unique aspect of working in the economic research department at the Chicago Fed.

  • What do you enjoy about working at the Bank?

    I enjoy working at the Bank because of the mentorship from the economists as well as the intellectual and supportive culture.

  • What do you do in your free time?

    In my free time, I enjoy doing aerial yoga, running, and learning different programming languages. Also as the co-founder of the Chicago Fed RA tennis club, I enjoy playing tennis with my colleagues outside of work.

  • Why would you recommend the Chicago Fed Research Assistant Program to someone?

    I recommend the Chicago Fed Research Assistant Program to anyone who is curious in pursuing a career in economic research. At the Chicago Fed, RAs have opportunity to conduct research, learn about monetary policy, and acquire new technical skills.

  • What is your favorite quote or saying?

    "If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?" — Albert Einstein
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