After graduating in 2012, Joshua Ballance spent a year in Washington, D.C., as a research assistant in the economics department at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
Today, he’s a research associate with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
“Though I enjoyed my time at the OCC, my position at the Fed has enabled me to work on research topics—primarily in the field of labor economics—that align closely with my personal research interests and previous exposure as a student at Bryant,” he says.
The former Honors Program member is also taking additional courses as he prepares to apply to Ph.D. programs in economics. “It is imperative, when applying, to demonstrate strong quantitative skills and significant research experience,” says Ballance, whose goals include teaching at the university level while engaging in interesting, high-quality research.
While at the Fed, he co-wrote a research paper with Alicia Sasser Modestino, Ph.D., a senior economist in the bank’s New England Public Policy Center, and Daniel Shoag, Ph.D., assistant professor at Harvard Kennedy School. Their paper analyzed trends in “upskilling,” specifically the relationship between labor supply and changes in employer requirements during the Great Recession.
Ballance stays in touch with his Bryant mentor and sounding board — Associate Professor of Economics Edinaldo Tebaldi, Ph.D.
“Without Bryant, I don’t think I would have discovered my passion for economics,” Ballance says. “I am certainly grateful for the opportunities that I had and believe that, more than anything, my time at Bryant taught me to never settle for less than the pursuit of opportunities in life that I can find fulfillment in.”
● Research associate, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
● Senior research assistant, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
● Research assistant, New England Public Policy Center, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
● Research assistant, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
● Actuarial intern, Travelers
● Member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society
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