Position Summary: The Fellow will conduct in-depth, high quality public policy research on the economic condition of the U.S. middle class, with a particular focus on labor market trends, including earnings, productivity and automation. The Fellow will also serve as Research Director for the Future of the Middle Class (FoMC) Initiative, launched in 2018. In addition to conducting their own independent research, the Fellow will collaborate with FoMC scholars and other scholars across the Institution. S/he will work with the FoMC director to develop the Initiative’s research and policy agenda, oversee research and administrative staff, and cultivate and manage relationships external research partners, current and prospective donors, and key economic policy stakeholders. Fellows partner with Development staff to build and steward funding for their work, and with Communications staff to effectively promote and disseminate it.
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 Direction (15%)
Ph.D. or equivalent combination of education and experience in economics or related field required. Must have at least two years of post-doctoral research or policy-related experience, with a proven record of publishing; candidates should have strong record of productivity with the clear potential to be recognized as a leader in his or her field.
Must be able to lead independent research and competently lead issue-focused meetings, initiatives, high-level conferences, and other events without supervision. Must be comfortable working with high-ranking decision makers, senior government officials, current and potential funders, and Brookings senior management. Ability to work collegially with staff at all levels and in all job profiles. Interest in or experience with mentoring junior staff preferred.
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