Our mission is to produce leading-edge research on how credit markets and payment systems affect the economy. The Institute sponsors opportunities for scholars, the financial industry, and the public sector to collaborate and share insights on fostering healthy household finances, a stable financial system, and a resilient economy.

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Our researchers span four Bank departments and collaborate with each other and visiting scholars to provide the next level of research.

Meet one of our researchers

Ben Lester

Senior Economic Advisor and Economist , Research Department

Ben Lester

Ben Lester focuses on markets that don’t fit neatly into the standard model of supply and demand, such as “over-the-counter” financial markets.  

  • Macroeconomics
  • Monetary Theory
  • Finance
  • Labor Markets
  • Economics of Information

Publications and Resources

Literature Database

Our continually updated database provides bibliographic citations for journal articles, books, reports, and other publications on consumer credit and payments and links to full-text papers from across the Federal Reserve System.

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