July 11, 2012

Kevin L. Kliesen –  Economist at the Federal Reserve of St. Louis

Kevin Kliesen is  business economist in the Supervisory Policy and Risk Analysis Unit at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, which is located in the Bank Supervision and Regulation Division. He came to the Bank in 1988 after graduating from Colorado State University with an M.A. in Economics. As a business economist, the bulk of his duties comprise reporting on and analyzing current U.S. and international macroeconomic developments and trends. Previously, he was part of the Research Division.

In his capacity as a business economist, he writes the Bank’s monthly Report on Economic Activity, an internal report on general economic conditions that is prepared prior to each Board of Directors meeting. He also prepares internal reports on macroeconomic conditions and their implication for monetary and supervisory policy analysis for internal Bank officers. Another important aspect of this position involves speaking to the general public about U.S. economic and monetary policy developments, and the general economic outlook. Besides writing for the Regional Economist, a quarterly publication written for a nontechnical audience, he also writes for the Review, which is the Bank’s peer- reviewed economic journal. He has also written for professional economics journals, and he has authored several book reviews.

In addition to his responsibilities at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, he has taught economics part-time at Washington University in St. Louis since 2007. Professionally, he is a member of the American Economic Association and the National Association for Business Economics (NABE). He was President of the St. Louis Gateway Chapter of NABE from 1999 to 2000. From 2002 to 2005, he served on the Board of the Directors of the national NABE organization. In addition to his interests in business economics and monetary policy, he is also interested in the long-term fiscal problems facing the United States.