Jonas D. M. Fisher is a vice president and director of macroeconomic research in the economic research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Fisher conducts research and analysis on business cycles, housing, growth and monetary and fiscal policy. He is the developer of the Chicago Fed National Activity Index, a monthly index designed to better gauge overall economic activity and inflationary pressure.
Prior to his current position, Fisher served as a senior economist and economic advisor in the economic research area. He began his career at the Chicago Fed as a staff economist in 1996. Before joining the bank, Fisher was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Western Ontario.
Fisher also served as a visiting associate professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a visiting scholar at the Institute of Empirical Macroeconomics at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.
Fisher’s research has been published in the Journal of Political Economy, American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies, International Economic Review, Review of Economic Dynamics, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Macroeconomic Dynamics and the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control.
Fisher received a B.Sc. in economics and quantitative methods from University of Toronto, an M.A. in economics from Queens University (Kingston, ON) and a Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University.