Fellow/Senior Fellow and Director, Center on Regulation and Markets (Job ID: 2019-2186)

Posted Date 6 months ago(9/27/2019 1:08 PM)
Economic Studies
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Commensurate with experience


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The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.


We bring together leading experts in government and academia from all over the world, rooted in open-minded inquiry and representing diverse points of view, who provide the highest quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis. Research topics cover a full range of public policy issues in economics, foreign policy, development, governance and metropolitan policy.


With fair and transparent business practices, clear communication, mutual respect, and a collaborative atmosphere that offers both professional and personal development opportunities, Brookings offers an inclusive and welcoming workplace that values the efforts of all contributors.


About The Economic Studies Program: 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.


About the Center on Regulation and Markets: The Center on Regulation and Markets (CRM) seeks to improve the quality and efficiency of economic regulations and regulatory policy. The Center produces expert evidence-based original papers, timely reports and analysis, and holds public and private convenings on regulatory topics both pressing and those likely to shape the future, with the aim of reaching academics, policy makers who set the regulatory agenda, and the regulatory agencies who implement it. The Center has traditionally had two areas of focus, 1) the economic effects of regulation and competition policy, and 2) classical regulatory analysis, including cost benefit analysis and the examination and evaluation of the federal regulatory process and federal rules and legislation.


Ready to contribute to Brookings success?


Brookings is seeking a Fellow/Senior Fellow to lead the Center on Regulation and Markets (CRM) in Economic Studies, and to conduct in-depth, high quality public policy-oriented research. The director will have considerable latitude to determine the research agenda of the Center, but priority areas of interest for the Institution include the regulation of emerging technologies, environmental regulation, consumer protection regulation, labor market regulation, housing regulation, the regulation of competition, and the regulatory process. A background in industrial organization, especially empirical IO, is a plus.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:



  • Conducts in-depth high quality public policy research in area of expertise, independently and in collaboration with other scholars across Brookings
  • Authors or co-authors policy and research reports, blogs, op-eds, and other commentary
  • Develops research concepts, policy questions, and work plans for papers and reports
  • Develops and delivers presentations for research projects and policy priorities
  • Meets with and briefs relevant external contacts on research
  • In collaboration with ES Communications team, creates dissemination and promotion strategy for research products; liaises with media
  • Presents research and gives talks at select outside meetings or conferences
  • Convenes private roundtables and/or public events to inform research and disseminate work. 

Research Management and Direction

  • Develops research and policy agenda for CRM, collaborating with scholars from the Center’s advisory council and with others in the field
  • Engages with academics, policymakers, and industry experts to identify authors, speakers, and discussants for CRM publications and events
  • Manages and mentors CRM junior staff and liaises with ES Management Team as needed
  • Collaborates with external authors and assists with the writing and direction of their papers
  • Oversees the work of research assistants and analysts or outside partners on selected projects 


  • Designs, develops, and stewards funding proposals and works with ES development team on development priorities as needed.
  • Helps conceive new funding proposals and identifies potential funders (philanthropic, corporate, and individual, as needed.)
  • In consultation with the ES development team, stewards relationships with current Brookings funders.


Ready to make an impact? In this role, you will support Brookings values of collegiality, respect, inclusion, diversity and community, and bring the following qualifications:


Education/Experience Requirements: 


Ph.D. or equivalent in economics or related field required. At least ten years of relevant experience is required. The successful candidate will be an established, recognized leader in their field of expertise, and/or a productive scholar with the clear and imminent potential to be a recognized leader in his or her field. Should have a record of distinguished experience and/or leadership in government, academia, the non-profit sector or the private sector. Must have a demonstrated ability to understand and write knowledgeably about public policy research of the economic caliber necessary for publication in a top academic journal.


Knowledge/Skills Requirements: 


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.



Additional Information:


What can we offer you? Brookings provides a generous benefit package that is comprehensive and includes both traditional benefits and unique offerings.


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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