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%)
Quantitative Analysis, Programming, and Statistical Assistance (40%)
Project Support, Communications and Outreach (10%)
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.
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.
Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply.
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