Meet the Staff

Management & Administration

Wilbert van der Klaauw

DirectorMicroeconomic Studies

Wilbert van der Klaauw is a Senior Vice President in the Microeconomic Studies Function. He is a labor economist and applied econometrician whose research interests include the study of life cycle labor supply and occupational choice decisions, household financial behavior and expectations, the economic determinants of household formation and dissolution, educational investment and productivity, and econometric approaches to program evaluation.Prior to joining the New York Fed, Dr. van der Klaauw was a Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill and Assistant Professor at New York University. He holds a Ph.D. from Brown University.

Joelle Scally

Center AdministratorMicroeconomic Studies

Joelle Scally is a research analyst in the Microeconomic Studies Function, where she specializes in credit data and household finance. Before joining the Bank in 2009, Joelle worked for The Conference Board and Benderly Economics. She holds an M.A. in applied quantitative analysis from Columbia University.

Center Affiliates

Jaison Abel

Senior EconomistRegional Analysis

Jaison Abel is a Senior Economist in the Regional Analysis Function of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He provides economic analysis of the Federal Reserve’s Second District, with a focus on upstate New York

Olivier Armantier

Assistant Vice PresidentMicroeconomic Studies

Olivier Armantier (Ph.D.) is an expert in the field of Applied Econometrics, with special emphasis on structural models. Professor Armantier has applied these estimation techniques to a wide range of economic topics.

Jason Bram

Research OfficerRegional Analysis

Jason Bram is a Senior Economist in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's Regional Analysis Function. His research and analysis focuses on the U.S. economy, with a primary emphasis on the Federal Reserve's Second District, which includes New York State, northern New Jersey, and southwestern Connecticut, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Meta Brown

Senior EconomistMicroeconomic Studies

Meta Brown is a senior economist in the Microeconomic Studies Function. She is an applied microeconomist studying labor markets and households' consumption and investment choices.

Raji Chakrabarti

EconomistRegional Analysis

Rajashr Chakrabarti is an economist in the Regional Analysis Function. Her primary areas of interest include public economics and public policy, economics of education and labor economics. Her current research focuses on school choice including vouchers and charters, accountability, implications of the No Child Left Behind law, political economy implications of reorganization of nations, and issues in higher education such as merit aid and early admissions to U.S colleges.

Richard Deitz

Assistant Vice PresidentRegional Analysis

Richard Deitz serves as Assistant Vice President and Senior Economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and has been with the Federal Reserve since 1998. He provides economic analysis of upstate New York for the Federal Reserve System, and often consults with state and local governments on regional economic issues.

Andrew Haughwout

Vice PresidentMicroeconomic Studies

Andy Haughwout is a Vice President in the Research and Statistics Group. He is the Group's Senior Administrative Officer and a co-editor of the Liberty Street Economics blog. In addition to his duties at the Bank, he serves on a Transportation Research Board panel investigating the value of transportation spending as economic stimulus.

Fatih Karahan

EconomistMicroeconomic Studies

Fatih Karahan joined the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in July 2012 as an Economist in the Microeconomic Studies Function. His primary research interests include macroeconomics of the labor market and housing market.

James Orr

Vice President and Function HeadRegional Analysis

James Orr is a Vice President and head of the Regional Analysis Function of the Research and Statistics Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He specializes in regional economics and his responsibilities include analyzing and forecasting economic trends in the New York-New Jersey region.

Donghoon Lee

Senior EconomistMicroeconomic Studies

Donghoon Lee is a senior economist in the Microeconomics Function. His primary research interests include housing economics, household finance, and labor economics. Prior to joining the New York Fed, Mr. Lee was an assistant professor at New York University. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Maxim Pinkovskiy

EconomistMicroeconomic Studies

Maxim Pinkovskiy is an Economist at the Microeconomics Function, with particular interests in understanding the dynamics of the health care sector in the United States. Other research interests include public economics, economic growth and econometrics. Maxim received his Ph.D. from MIT in 2013, and a B.A. from Columbia University.

Giorgio Topa

Vice President and Function HeadMicroeconomic Studies

Giorgio Topa is a Vice President and heads the Microeconomic and Regional Studies Function. His primary research interests include applied microeconomics, labor economics and applied econometrics. More specifically, he has been studying models of networks and local interactions, as well as devising econometric tools for the empirical implementation of such models.

Joseph Tracy

Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the President

Joseph Tracy is an Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the President. His primary research interests include unions and collective bargaining as well as housing and urban economics.

Basit Zafar

Senior EconomistMicroeconomic Studies

Basit Zafar is an economist in the Microeconomic and Regional Studies Function, with particular interests in labor economics, economics of education, and applied microeconomics. His research focuses on understanding how individuals make decisions under uncertainty and in the presence of social interactions.

The Center for
Microeconomic Data

The Center for Microeconomic Data serves to centralize the collection, acquisition, and analysis of microeconomic data at the New York Fed and act as a catalyst for microeconomic research by promoting engagement with the wide academic community. The wide-ranging data, research, and analysis produced in the Center provide insight into individual-level financial and nonfinancial economic conditions, expectations, and behavior in the U.S.
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