Patrick HigginsPolicy Adviser and Economist
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Patrick Higgins is a policy adviser and economist on the macroeconomics and monetary policy team in the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He helps develop forecasting models and contributes to the Atlanta Fed's weekly Deflation Probabilities report. Higgins also helped develop the Atlanta Fed's GDPNow "nowcasting" forecast to help monitor the state of the economy in real time. His research interests include macroeconomics, econometrics, and forecasting. He was promoted to senior economist in 2013. He also contributes to the Atlanta Fed's macroblog, which provides commentary on economic topics, including monetary policy, macroeconomic developments, and the Southeast economy.
Prior to joining the Atlanta Fed as an economist in 2007, Higgins spent seven years at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. There, he served as a research assistant and economic analyst.
Higgins's work has appeared in the International Journal of Finance & Economics, as well as the Cleveland Fed's Economic Commentary. He is a member of the National Association for Business Economics.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Higgins earned a bachelor's degree in economics and mathematics from Oberlin College.
Atlanta Fed Working Papers
Other Fed Work
Patrick Higgins. "GDP Growth, the Unemployment Rate, and Okun's Law ." Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta EconSouth (2011 Q2).
John B. Carlson, Ben Craig, Patrick Higgins, and William R. Melick. "FOMC Communications and the Predictability of Near-Term Policy Decisions." Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Economic Commentary, June 6, 2006.
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Patrick Higgins and Owen F. Humpage. "Nondeliverable Forwards: Can We Tell Where the Renminbi Is Headed?" Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Economic Commentary, September 1, 2005.
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Patrick Higgins. "Net Exports Continue to Bedevil GDPNow." macroblog. February 7, 2017.
Patrick Higgins. "Using Judgment in Forecasting: Does It Matter?." macroblog. December 5, 2016.
Patrick Higgins. "The Price Isn't Right: On GDPNow's Third Quarter Miss." macroblog. November 7, 2016.
Patrick Higgins. "Introducing the Atlanta Fed's Taylor Rule Utility." macroblog. September 8, 2016.
Dave Altig and Patrick Higgins. "How Good Is The Employment Trend? Decide for Yourself." macroblog. July 15, 2016.
Patrick Higgins. "When It Rains, It Pours." macroblog. July 6, 2016.
Patrick Higgins. "Can Two Wrongs Make a Right?." macroblog. May 23, 2016.
Patrick Higgins. "GDPNow and Then." macroblog. May 16, 2016.
Patrick Higgins. "Introducing the Refined Labor Market Spider Chart." macroblog. February 5, 2016.
Patrick Higgins. "5-Year Deflation Probability Moves Off Zero." macroblog. September 4, 2015.
Patrick Higgins. "Is Measurement Error a Likely Explanation for the Lack of Productivity Growth in 2014?." macroblog. April 6, 2015.
Patrick Higgins and Tao Zha. "Examining China's Economy: A Conversation with Atlanta Fed Researchers." Economy Matters podcast. September 22, 2016.
Patrick Higgins. "Going Inside GDPNow." Economy Matters podcast. January 14, 2016.