Research Economist Positions

Federal Housing Finance Agency
Division of Research and Statistics Research Economists

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has multiple openings for junior and senior economists in 2022. Several job openings are available simultaneously for researchers who are conducting specialized work in environmental changes and climate risk factors as well as researchers interested in sustainable homeownership and access to mortgage credit.

FHFA regulates both the safety and soundness, and missions, of the Federal Home Loan Bank System, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac. A general background is sought with policy-related research interests in banking, housing, finance, forecasting, industrial organization, labor, macrofinance, mortgage markets, real estate, or urban economics. Candidates should have interests in applied research on topics like housing programs, house price indexes, financial institutions and markets, secondary mortgage market operations, or identify significant and emerging risks such as market, interest rate, operational, climate, and credit risk.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in economics, finance, environmental science, or a related field by the start of employment. Candidates should exhibit sound empirical research skills and be able to demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills. Environmental or climate applicants should have experience with GIS, mapping layers, visualization and statistical software. Periodic travel within the U.S. may be required once pandemic-related telework is relaxed. Salary dependent on education and experience.

FHFA employees enjoy all the standard federal benefits plus additional agency-specific benefits and competitive salaries not tied to the traditional Government's General Schedule pay system. The agency offers job features like dedicated research and travel funds, technology to support remote work, flexible work schedules, paid parental leave, and a high degree of job security. Submitted materials must include affirmation of U.S. citizenship. FHFA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

Individual position descriptions can be found in the Job Openings for Economists and applications can be submitted via the FHFA website at This specific application is posted at

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