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Brent Meyer

Research Economist and Assistant Policy Adviser

Research Department
1000 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Atlanta, GA 30306-4470

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  • Biography

    Brent Meyer is a research economist and assistant policy adviser in the Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. His primary research interests include inflation and prices, monetary policy, and macroeconomic forecasting. In addition to providing monetary policy support, Meyer contributes to the Atlanta Fed's Inflation Project, an online dashboard offering an array of data and survey results on inflation, and to the Atlanta Fed's macroblog, which provides commentary on economic topics, including monetary policy, macroeconomic developments, and the Southeast economy.

    Meyer joined the Bank in 2013 after spending nearly seven years at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. There, he served as an economist focusing on, among other things, monetary policy, inflation measurement, and inflation expectations. He started his Fed career as a research assistant. In that role, he contributed to research on macroeconomic trends and the banking and financial sector. Meyer was promoted to economic analyst in 2007, senior economic analyst in 2010, and economist in 2012. Prior to joining the Cleveland Fed, he was a research and teaching assistant at Bowling Green State University.

    Meyer earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, and a master's degree in economics from Bowling Green State University.

  • Research

    Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Publications

    Working Papers

    "Trimmed-Mean Inflation Statistics: Just Hit the One in the Middle" (with Guhan Venkatu), Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Working Paper no. 12-17.

    "It's Not Just for Inflation: The Usefulness of the Median CPI in BVAR Forecasting" (with Saeed Zaman), Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Working Paper no 13-03.

    Atlanta Fed Working Papers

    The Inflation Expectations of Firms: What Do They Look Like, Are They Accurate, and Do They Matter?
    Michael F. Bryan, Brent H. Meyer, and Nicholas B. Parker
    December 2014
    Abstract | Full text in PDF (701 KB)

    Trimmed-Mean Inflation Statistics: Just Hit the One in the Middle
    Brent Meyer and Guhan Venkatu
    March 2014
    Abstract | Full text in PDF (343 KB)

    Economic Commentary

    "Forecasting Inflation? Target the Middle" (with Guhan Venkatu and Saeed Zaman), May 2013.

    "An Unstable Okun's Law, Not the Best Rule of Thumb" (with Murat Tasci), August 2012.

    "Do Rising Rents Complicate Inflation Assessment?" February 2012.

    "Demographic Differences in Inflation Expectations: What Do They Really Mean?" (with Guhan Venkatu), May 2011.

    "Simple Ways to Forecast Inflation: What Works Best?" (with Mehment Pasaogullari), December 2011.

    "Are Some Prices in the CPI More Forward Looking than Others? We Think So" (with Michael F. Bryan), February 2010.

    "Peak Oil" (with Joseph G. Haubrich), August 2007.

    Annual Report Essays

    "How can inflation be considered low when food and gas prices are so high?" (with Mehmet Pasaogullari), May 2011.

    "Is an explicit inflation objective consistent with a dual mandate?" (with Mark E. Schweitzer), May 2011.

    Blog Posts


    "Weighing In on the Recent Discrepancy in the Inflation Statistics" (with Mike Bryan, Pat Higgins, and Nick Parker), May 2013.

    "Should we even read the monthly inflation report? Maybe not. Then again…" (with Mike Bryan), June 2011.

    "The money-inflation connection: It's baaaack!" (with Dave Altig), July 2010.

    "Sticky-price CPI up slightly in April…Wait, what?" (with Mike Bryan), May 2010.

    "The September CPI with all the trimmings" (with Mike Bryan), October 2009.

    "Yet another cut at the recent retail price data" (with Mike Bryan), March 2009.

    Recent Public Presentations

    "The National Economic Outlook: Post-Apocalyptic and Post-Cliff Edition" to the Estate Planning Council and Tax Club of Cleveland, January 7, 2013.

    "Whither the Recovery" to the Ohio Society of CPAs Financial Institutions Conference, August 14, 2012.

    "National and Regional Economic Outlook" to the Northeast Ohio Human Resource Planning Society, March 15, 2012.

    [Forthcoming] Midwest Economic Association Annual Meeting, March 23, 2013.

    Internal Presentations

    Various presentations for FOMC preparation and to the Board of Directors.

  • Curriculum Vitae


    April 2013–present: Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

    October 2012–March 2013: Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

    January 2010–October 2012: Senior Economic Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

    July 2007–January 2010: Economic Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

    May 2006–July 2007: Research Assistant, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

    Fall 2005–Spring 2006: Research Assistant, Dept. of Economics, Bowling Green State University

    Spring 2005: Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Economics, Bowling Green State University


    M.A., Economics, Bowling Green State University, 2006
    B.A., Economics, Hillsdale College, 2002

    Awards and Certificates

    IIF Certificate in Forecasting Practice (through Johns Hopkins), Bravo Recognition Award, Emerging Leader Program Graduate, Executive Leadership Council Strategic Planning Award.