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Robert Triest

Robert Triest

Professor of Economics

Robert Triest served as Chair of the Department of Economics from 2018 to 2024. Before joining Northeastern University, he was a vice president and economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, where he led the Macroeconomic Applications and Policy Studies group and served as Director of the New England Public Policy Center. Prior to his tenure at the Boston Fed, Triest was an associate professor in the economics department at the University of California-Davis and an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University.

An applied economist whose research focuses on labor economics and public policy, Triest’s recent work examines the intersection of economic circumstances and educational outcomes, as well as the impact of long-term unemployment on household finances. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his B.A. in economics from Vassar College.


  • Education

    PhD, Economics
    University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Contact

  • Address

    301 Lake Hall
    360 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115