Research economists devote more working time to own projects

On average, own research works consume 25% of policy economists’ working time

Central banks’ research economists tend to spend more working time on own research works than policy economist colleagues, according to the Economics Benchmarks 2022.

In a typical month, research economists of the 27 institutions that provided data spend an average of 45% of working time on own research, while policy economists use 25% of working time on similar tasks.

Though the boundaries overlap, policy economists tend to be focused on tasks such as preparing forecasts and reports. Research

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