JOE - May 2013

The Urban Institute
Urban Brookings Tax Policy Center
Research Associate
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Research Associate
Section: 5 -- Full-Time Nonacademic
Location: Washington, DC, USA
JEL Classification: H2 -- Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue

JOE ID Number: 201305_398751

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The Tax Policy Center (TPC), a joint project of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution is looking for a Research Associate with a passion for computer programming and public policy to work on development and use of our state-of-the-art microsimulation model of the US tax system. Candidate must have outstanding analytic and mathematical skills and a desire to apply these skills to tax policy issues. Interest and experience in health economics, or the public finance aspects of retirement and education would be desirable. Duties include design and implementation of: the model's underlying database; the algorithms the model uses to simulate aspects of federal tax law; and behavioral responses to incentives in the tax system. The candidate may also be involved in the expansion of the TPC model to the state level. The candidate will produce analysis suitable for dissemination through the TPC Web site, in academic-style publications, and in publications distributed broadly to the public. TPC's work is routinely featured in major media and cited and used by policy makers and political candidates. The successful candidate for this job will likely be able to read the results of his or her work in the New York Times or see it on network and cable news. A Ph.D. in economics or a combination of the quantitative, analytical, and writing skills, relevant substantive knowledge, and social policy research experience needed to perform the duties described above, or the academic knowledge of and research experience in a discipline that is generally associated with the attainment of the Ph.D.
The candidate should have computer programming experience and knowledge of econometrics and statistics. Experience or training in FORTRAN is a plus, but not required.

The Urban Institute values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of any protected status under federal or local law.

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