JOE Listings (Job Openings for Economists)

August 1, 2019 - January 31, 2020

Joint Committee on Taxation, United States Congress

Policy Analyst Economist

JOE ID Number: 2019-02_111462786
Date Posted: 08/01/2019
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Policy Analyst Economist
Section: Full-Time Nonacademic
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, UNITED STATES
JEL Classifications:
D -- Microeconomics
H2 -- Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
Public Economics
Federal Taxation
Salary Range: Competitive
Full Text of JOE Listing:

The Joint Committee on Taxation (the “JCT”) has openings for staff economists. Economists at the Joint Committee serve in quantitative and policy analyst roles, both of which provide the opportunity to work with an experienced inter-disciplinary staff of tax attorneys and tax accountants to participate in the tax legislative process and influence the nation’s tax laws. These economists apply their academic training and skills to tax policy in a nonpartisan role, assisting both majority and minority parties in the House and Senate with legislative proposals. For more information on the work of the JCT, see

Policy analyst economists at the Joint Committee work closely with staff attorneys and accountants to assist with designing and implementing legislative solutions to Congress Members’ policy goals, a level of involvement with tax policy that not many economists have. These economists share many duties with the Committee’s legal professionals which include reviewing legislative text and preparing background material for Congressional hearings and markups of tax legislation. Policy analyst economists provide a price- and incentive-focused view in discussion and analysis of tax policy in meetings, presentations, and written communications for Member staff, taxpayers, and staffs of the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees.

This listing is for the position of policy analyst economist. The Joint Committee on taxation is also hiring quantitative economists; please see the separate listing for more information. Qualified and interested candidates should feel free to provide a separate application for each position.

These are exciting and challenging positions for economists who have an interest in tax policy. Your work will be reflected immediately in tax legislation considered by the Congress. Candidates must be a U.S. citizen and have a Ph.D. or equivalent, with training in public finance and taxation preferred. Our economists start at the Joint Committee with a variety of experience; some come straight from graduate programs while others come with experience in government, industry, and academia. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Qualified candidates with post-Ph.D. work experience applying for a policy analyst economist position will be reviewed on a rolling basis and may be hired outside of the usual economics job market cycle.

Application Requirements:
  • Application Instructions Below
Application deadline: 12/13/2019
Application Instructions:
Email a cover letter, vita, three letters of recommendation, and a sample of written work to

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For more information, phone: 202-225-3621