Research Assistant, Tax Policy Center (Job ID: 2020-2397)

Posted Date 4 weeks ago(8/28/2020 4:09 PM)
Economic Studies
Job Function
Job ID
High 40s


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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.


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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.


Brookings welcomes and celebrates diversity in all its forms. We welcome applications that reflect a variety of backgrounds based on ideology, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, and first generation college goers. Brookings is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace.


Please note: This position is based in Brookings' Washington, DC office.  The person hired for this position must be willing to move or currently reside in Washington DC, Maryland, or Northern Virginia. In response to COVID-19, Brookings staff are temporarily teleworking.


Ready to contribute to Brookings success?


The Research Assistant, Tax Policy Center undertakes in-depth research and policy analysis on a range of economic, health and social policy issues for a Senior Fellow. Duties include programming simulation, and statistical assistance to designated scholar(s), database collection and database management, and drafting materials and summarizing results for incorporation into working papers and publications. The Research Assistant will also provide administrative, project, and event support to the Tax Policy Center and Senior Fellow.


The below allocation of duties describes the average division between tasks; the actual percentages will vary depending on the particular project needs of the scholar or center. This position is best suited for those who have received an undergraduate degree in Economics, Mathematics, or other social sciences with a minor in Economics. Preferred start date is between October 1 and January 1, 2021. The starting annual salary will be high $40’s.  



Quantitative Analysis, Programming, and Statistical Support (45%)

  • Works jointly with senior scholars on research projects, including: preparing and revising programming code; simulation macros; database files; regression estimates; acquiring data; creating charts and graphs; developing statistical analysis; and other general research support activities.
  • Independently prepares tables and graphs output from model simulations.
  • Updates and checks existing databanks; assembles, consolidates, and checks data from new sources.


Research Support (20%)

  • 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, collects, and analyzes 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.


Office and Administrative Support (20%)

  • Schedule scholar appointments and coordinate calendar.  Make travel requests and process reimbursements.
  • Organize and maintain paper and electronic files.
  • Maintain detailed records of scholar’s activities, including publications, meetings, media contacts, and boards. Update CV and publications on website.
  • Compose and edit letters, memoranda, papers, and other documents from verbal instructions or from notes.
  • Respond to social invitations, media requests, speaking engagement invitations, and other inquiries.
  • Collaborate with Communications departments of both Brookings and Urban Institute to ensure dissemination of project publications and event notices and day-of-event logistics.


Event Planning (10%)

  • Plan and organize public events, private seminars, Hill events, and other meetings as necessary.
  • Handle logistics and administrative arrangements.
  • Serve as liaison with hotel, caterers, and other vendors.
  • Correspond with authors and other meeting participants.
  • Draft letters, briefing materials and other documents for events and projects.
  • Draft contracts for authors and other contributors.
  • Initiate contract payments to authors, discussants, and other participants.
  • Complete post-conference responsibilities including assisting in the tracking and payment of expenses.


Communications and Outreach (5%)

  • Work with communication team to update relevant web pages, including writing and editing summaries of research projects.
  • Update web pages in support of the scholar’s area of interest.
  • Conduct Internet searches for related information to support documentation presented in related Web Pages.
  • Gather related bibliographic, link and current event information in support of pages to be created for a scholar's topic area.
  • Correspond with collaborating researchers in other institutions.


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:


Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Mathematics/Statistics, Public Policy, or other Social Sciences with a minor in Economics required. One year of job or internship experience in economics, policy research, and/or computer modeling preferred but not required.  Competence to undertake research assignments with little supervision required. Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.


Candidates who are graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 2021, and are interested in a position starting summer 2021, are encouraged to instead apply to the Research Assistant (Job: 2020-2361) position, posted here.


Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


Microsoft Office experience required (Word, Power Point, Excel). Strong computer skills and independent research experience required. Experience handling large data sets and models preferred. Experience with software such as SAS, STATA, and other econometric packages required. Superior organizational and interpersonal skills; ability to multi-task and complete tasks in a timely manner and with minimal supervision; ability to work on a team; initiative; discretion; mature judgment.


Additional Information:

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


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and applicants will be contacted within 4–6 weeks of submission (potentially earlier) if they have been selected for an interview. Please note: Applicants who meet our minimum application qualifications as outlined in the Job Description may be contacted to submit additional materials required by our hiring committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please submit your resume as instructed and add your cover letter as an attachment when you apply. Additionally, please include a copy of your latest undergraduate transcript (unofficial). Please save your uploaded documents in the following format: First Name Last Name JOB ID Document Name.


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


Brookings welcomes and celebrates diversity in all its forms. We welcome applications that reflect a variety of backgrounds based on ideology, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, first generation college goers, and other factors protected by law. Brookings is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace.



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