Leslie McGranahan is a senior economist and research advisor in the regional analysis team of the economic research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Her research interests include the effectiveness of antipoverty programs, government expenditure on low income populations and the intergenerational transmission of wealth and inequality.
McGranahan's research has been published in journals including the National Tax Journal and the Journal of Political Economy. Her work has also been featured in the Chicago Fed Letter and Economic Perspectives, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's publications.
McGranahan returned to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2004 after working as a lecturer at the University of Warwick, and as research economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies in London, England. She received a bachelor's degree in politics from Princeton University and master's and doctorate degrees in economics from Northwestern University.