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Brendan M. Price

Economist

Federal Reserve Board

About Me

I am an Economist at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, where I serve in the Labor Markets section within the Division of Research and Statistics.

My research explores the labor market impacts of technology and trade, the consequences of job loss, and the safety net for displaced workers. I have a particular interest in the role of unemployment insurance in replacing lost earnings and dampening aggregate downturns. In other recent work, I explore the causes and consequences of labor market seasonality.

My latest paper, joint with Tomaz Cajner, Andrew Figura, David Ratner, and Alison Weingarden, seeks to reconcile the number of newly filed unemployment claims with contemporaneous changes in US employment in the first months of the COVID-19 crisis.

Prior to joining the Fed, I served as an Assistant Professor at the UC Davis Department of Economics from 2017–2019. At UC Davis, I taught an undergraduate course in Intermediate Microeconomics and a second-year PhD course in Labor Economics. I was also affiliated with the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research, a consortium of social scientists studying poverty and the safety net.

I earned a BA in Economics–Political Science from Columbia University in 2009, and I completed my PhD in Economics at MIT in 2017. My doctoral thesis received the W.E. Upjohn Institute’s 2017 Dissertation Award, which recognizes “the best PhD dissertation on employment-related issues”.

You can reach me by email at brendan.m.price@frb.gov.