Research Analyst, The Hamilton Project (Job ID: 2020-2398)

Posted Date 3 weeks ago(9/4/2020 9:38 AM)
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.


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.


About the Economic Studies Program: The Economic Studies program (ES) 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 Hamilton Project: The Hamilton Project (THP) at the Brookings Institution produces research and policy proposals on how to create a growing economy that benefits more Americans. Our economic strategy reflects a judgment that long term prosperity is best achieved by making economic growth broad-based, by enhancing individual economic security, and by embracing a role for effective government in making needed public investments. The Project focuses on a broad range of topics in applied microeconomics with applications to economy policy. Current and recent projects include papers on competition and market dynamism, cost-effective early childhood investments, reducing crime and incarceration rates, innovation and intellectual property reform, policies to strengthen the labor market and enhance wage growth, and policies to support communities’ economic development. Visit for more information.


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 Analyst will directly support the Director and Policy Director in executing and developing an overall policy agenda and policy strategy for The Hamilton Project. Conducting original research; advising the Director and Policy Director regarding original THP analysis; liaising with THP authors; drafting policy briefs and blog posts.


Preferred start date is January 2021.


Research and Policy Development (50%)

  • Assist the Director and Policy Director in proactively identifying topics for inquiry within a research project. 
  • Support policy development by researching various policy areas, identifying potential policy proposals, and remaining abreast of most recent writing in various areas.
  • Help organize and facilitate authors’ conferences to provide THP authors early feedback on their discussion papers.
  • Independently analyze data in Excel, STATA, and/or R and present findings accurately and accessibly in graphs and writing.
  • Advise the policy director on a range of issues related to development of policy proposals.

Writing and Editing (35%)

  • Take a lead role in drafting summaries of economic discussion papers for release as policy briefs.
  • Serve as point person for receiving edits of other THP staff on papers and briefs and incorporating edits.
  • Help write and edit other THP products including strategy papers, economic analyses and blog posts.

Production Coordination (15%)

  • Manage staff plan around drafting THP policy briefs, fact-checking papers, and editing papers and briefs.
  • Monitor author progress and communicate with authors on logistics of paper timing, contract status, and other process matters.
  • Serve as principal liaison with designated authors to track the paper drafts and timelines.


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. Minimum of two years of job experience with research and quantitative data analysis, including econometrics, required; experience can come from prior employment, internship, or applicable undergraduate/graduate work. Masters in similar fields or work experience in economics and/or computer modeling strongly preferred. Must have strong organizational experience and ability to keep track of overlapping calendars and deadlines. Strong knowledge of and passion for public policy. Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.


Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


Experience with Stata, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required. Strong quantitative and analytic skills required. Exemplary writing and editing skills a must. Must be able to process large amounts of information and data quickly. Must be team-player and able to work in small, collaborative environment, often at a fast pace and under time constraints. Must have the flexibility to take on new roles and responsibilities as this policy initiative evolves.



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 writing sample as well as 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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