• Research Assistant (Job ID: 2018-1855)

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(2 weeks ago)
    Economic Studies
    Job Function
    Job ID
    Commensurate with experience
  • Overview

    Economic Studies is hiring two Research Assistants! One RA will work with the Future of the Middle Class Initiative as they seek to advance public understanding of challenges facing the middle class and barriers to upward mobility. Another RA will work with the Vice President and Director of Economic Studies on a variety of topics, including the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity. Both Research Assistants undertake research and policy analysis on a range of economic and social policy issues. Duties for this position include data analysis, verification of statistical and other material in manuscripts, statistical calculations, literature searches, and drafting written materials. These are two-year termed positions that are funded through August 2020.


    About the Future of the Middle Class Initiative: The goal of the Future of the Middle Class Initiative is to improve the quality of life of America’s middle class and to increase the number of people rising to join its ranks. Through independent, non-partisan analysis and policy development, they seek to advance public understanding of challenges facing the middle class and barriers to upward mobility. The initiative includes both resident and non-resident scholars from across the Brookings programs, as well as affiliated scholars from outside the institution.

    About Economic Studies: The Economic Studies program analyzes current and emerging economic issues facing the United States and the world and, based on that research, provides innovative, practical policy recommendations. ES’s work covers a broad array of economic issues, including the labor market, regulation, health policy, and fiscal and monetary policy. Economic Studies scholars influence key economic policies by conducting rigorous and relevant research and then disseminating and communicating their findings to the policy community and to the broader public. 


    Research Assistance (50%)

    • In collaboration with senior research staff, drafts material summarizing research results on specific topics as assigned, for incorporation into working papers and project publications
    • Provides analytical reviews and summaries of existing literature pertinent to the projects.
    • Locates and collects relevant documents and data from sources such as electronic databases, libraries, and government publications.
    • Compiles, reads, abstracts, and organizes written material into bibliographic form and summaries.
    • Maintains electronic bibliography files.
    • Assist with special projects and perform other duties as assigned.


    Quantitative Analysis, Programming, and Statistical Assistance (40%)

    • Works jointly with senior scholars, prepares and revises programming code, simulation macros, database files and regression estimates.
    • Analyze data, using statistical packages and spreadsheets
    • Prepares tables and graphs output from model simulations.
    • Updates and checks existing databanks; assembles, consolidates, and checks data from new sources.


    Project Support, Communications and Outreach (10%)

    • Update web pages in support of the scholar’s area of interest.
    • Write and edit summaries to be posted on pages relating to scholar's work.
    • Gather related bibliographic, link and current event information in support of pages to be created for a scholar's topic area.
    • Work with ES communications team to prepare, lay out, and post scholar’s work for publication on the web site.
    • Coordinate with ES communications team on scholar’s publication schedule.
    • Assist designated scholar(s) with event preparation and logistics as needed.


    Education/Experience Requirements:  


    Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Mathematics/Statistics, Public Policy, or other Social Sciences with a minor in Economics required. One-year job experience in economics, policy research, and/or computer modeling preferred but not required. Competence to undertake research assignments with little supervision required.


    Knowledge/Skills Requirements: 


    Interest in broad economic, education and labor market trends is required; familiarity with sources of data and literature in one or more of these areas preferred. Strong computer skills and experience required. Clear writing abilities required. Experience in handling large data sets and models preferred. Independent research experience preferred. Experience with software such as SAS, STATA, or other econometric packages required.


    Additional Information:


    Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply.


    Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.


    Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.







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