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Maximilian Schmeiser

Senior Economist

Microeconomic Surveys Section

Research and Statistics

  • Ph.D., Policy Analysis & Management, Cornell University, 2008
  • M.S., Policy Analysis & Management, Cornell University, 2007
  • M.A., Economics, McMaster University, 2004
  • B.A., Economics, University of Regina, 2003
  • Current Research Topics

  • Mortgage Modifications and Loan Performance
  • Financial Education and Financial Well-being
    • Senior Economist

      Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

    • 2013 - present
    • Economist

      Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

    • 2010 - 2013
    • Associate Director

      Center for Financial Security, University of Wisconsin - Madison

    • 2009 - 2010
    • Assistant Professor

      University of Wisconsin - Madison

    • 2008 - 2011
  • Haurin, Donald, Chao Ma, Stephanie Moulton, Maximilian Schmeiser, and Jason Seligman (Forthcoming). "Spatial Variation in Reverse Mortgages Usage: House Price Dynamics and Consumer Selection," Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics.
  • Brown, Alexandra, J. Michael Collins, and Maximilian D. Schmeiser (2014). "State Mandated Financial Education and the Credit Behavior of Young Adults," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2014-68. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
  • Kenkel, Donald S., Maximilian D. Schmeiser, and Carly Urban (2014). "Is Smoking Inferior? Evidence from Variation in the Earned Income Tax Credit." Journal of Human Resources, vol. 49, no. 4, pp. 1094-1120.
  • Collins, J. Michael, and Maximilian D. Schmeiser (2013). "The Effects of Foreclosure Counseling for Distressed Homeowners," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 83-106.
  • Collins, J. Michael, Maximilian D. Schmeiser, and Carly Urban (2013). "Protecting Minority Homeowners: Race, Foreclosure Counseling and Mortgage Modifications," Journal of Consumer Affairs, vol. 47, no. 2, pp. 289-310.
  • Schmeiser, Maximilian D., and Jason Seligman (2013). "Using the Right Yardstick: Assessing Financial Literacy Measures by Way of Financial Well-being," Journal of Consumer Affairs, vol. 47, no. 2, pp. 243-262.
  • Gross, Matthew B., Jeanne M. Hogarth, and Maximilian D. Schmeiser (2012). "Use of Financial Services by the Unbanked and Underbanked and the Potential for Mobile Financial Services Adoption," Federal Reserve Bulletin, Vol. 98, no. 4.
  • Burkhauser, Richard V., Maximilian D. Schmeiser, and Robert R. Weathers (2012). "The Importance of Anti-Discrimination and Workers' Compensation Laws on the Provision of Workplace Accommodations Following the Onset of a Disability," Industrial & Labor Relations Review, vol. 65, no. 1, pp. 161-180.
  • Schmeiser, Maximilian D. (2012). "Expanding New York State's Earned Income Tax Credit Programme: The Effect on Work, Income and Poverty," Applied Economics, vol. 44, no. 16, pp. 2035-2050.
  • Schmeiser, Maximilian D. (2012). "The Impact of Long-Term Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program on Child Obesity," Health Economics, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 386-404.
  • Burkhauser, Richard V., John Cawley, and Maximilian D. Schmeiser (2009). "The Timing of the Rise in U.S. Obesity Varies with Measure of Fatness," Economics and Human Biology, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 307-318.
  • Schmeiser, Maximilian D. (2009). "Expanding Wallets and Waistlines: The Impact of Family Income on the BMI of Women and Men Eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit," Health economics, vol. 18, no. 11, pp. 1277-1294.
  • Burkhauser, Richard V., John Cawley, and Maximilian D. Schmeiser (2009). "Differences in the U.S. Trends in the Prevalence of Obesity Based on Body Mass Index and Skinfold Thickness," NBER Working Papers 15005. National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

Conference Organization

  • 2014 Washington, DC

    FLEC Research Symposium: Starting Early for Financial Success



  • Editorial Board, Journal of Consumer Affairs, 2014-present


  • Applied Economics
  • Contemporary Economic Policy
  • Economics and Human Biology
  • Health Affairs
  • Health Economics
  • Journal of Applied Econometrics
  • Journal of Economic Surveys
  • Journal of Human Resources
  • Obesity
  • Social Science & Medicine

Professional Affiliation

  • American Economic Association
  • American Finance Association
  • Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
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Last update: January 5, 2015