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

Robert M. Hunt

Associate Director, Consumer Finance Institute

Bob Hunt

Bob Hunt has a long career of studying consumer credit and payments. His recent work includes a history of credit reporting since the early 1900s.

  • Payment Security and Fraud
  • Payment System Efficiency and Competition
  • Credit Reporting
  • Debt Collection
  • Financial Innovations and Intellectual Property

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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