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Here at DSN, we know that some readers are gearing up to interview for a professorship at the AMA conference and for this reason provide tips here. This year, AMA goers will also have an opportunity to interview for a couple very nice government fellowships that put behavioral economics to work:

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Fellowships in Household Finance and Credit Markets

The Office of Research in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is seeking to fill up to two positions in its Fellows Program and one position in its Senior Fellows Program. Appointments will be for up to two years.

Researchers with expertise in the following areas of psychology and marketing are strongly encouraged to apply:

Judgment and decision-making, heuristics and biases, risk perception; financial decision-making, mental accounting and budgeting; self control, identity, discrimination, social influences in decision making, cognitive psychology.

Fellows will have half time for carrying out independent, self-directed research in these areas. Fellows will also provide analytic support to various aspects of the Bureau’s work concerning financial products and consumer protection, including policy development, regulation, supervision and enforcement.

Interested candidates should apply for these positions through the CFPB website. The positions will be posted during the AMA Summer Educators’ Conference and for a short time afterward. Candidates who are ranked highly based on their application materials will be invited to the CFPB to interview and present their work.

Senior members of the Office of Research will be present at the AMA Summer Educators’ Conference.

We will hold informational sessions and host a gathering (with light refreshments) on Friday and Saturday, August 5 and 6.

All individuals interested in learning more about these positions, the Bureau, and the application process are encouraged to attend an event. To help candidates with planning, we are committing to the following schedule.

Meetings are in Room 2948 at the Marriott Marquis:

Friday, August 5
45 minute information sessions with Q&A at 8am, 9am, 10am, 11am.
Reception 5:00pm-7:00pm. Location: TBA
Saturday, August 6
45 minute information sessions with Q&A at 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm.
Reception 5:00pm-7:00pm. Location: TBA

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is a new agency that will be an independent bureau within the Federal Reserve System. Created in July 2010 by the “Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act”, the CFPB will help empower consumers with the information they need to make financial decisions that are best for them and their families and will set and enforce clear, consistent rules that allow banks and other consumer financial services providers to compete on a level playing field. For more information on the CFPB, please visit our website at http://www.consumerfinance.gov/

Photo credit: Some images taken from the CFPB’s YouTube Video.


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