Meet Beth Freeborn

Economist, Bureau of Economics

Every day, I see evidence that my work matters.
My job as an economist at the FTC is interesting and varied, but also has provided me the opportunity to delve deeply into a particular area. For example, I took the lead on a congressionally mandated report studying accuracy in consumer credit reporting. Using data generated before my arrival, I learned a great deal about the credit reporting industry, analyzed the information, and produced a consumer-friendly final draft for Congress. The report was widely publicized and very well-received. I also appreciate that, as economists, there are a wide variety of issues for us to explore—from analyzing whether a firm has the scientific evidence to back-up advertised claims, to researching the world of big data and its possible impacts on privacy, to identifying and preventing fraudulent business practices. 
My FTC job is easy to feel good about and to explain to family and friends. One way the FTC helps consumers is by protecting them from fraud and deceptive/harmful business practices. Every day, I see evidence that my work matters.