JOE Listings (Job Openings for Economists)

August 1, 2020 - January 31, 2021

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Office of Policy and International Affairs
Office of the Chief Economist

JOE ID Number: 2020-02_111465070
Date Posted: 08/01/2020
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Economist
Section: Full-Time Nonacademic
Location: Alexandria, Virginia, UNITED STATES
JEL Classifications:
C1 -- Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General
D8 -- Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty
K -- Law and Economics
L1 -- Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance
M -- Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics
O3 -- Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights
Applied Microeconomics
Law and Economics
Industrial Organization
Salary Range: $86,335 to $157,709
Full Text of JOE Listing:

The Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is looking to hire an economist. OCE offers an excellent environment for empirically-oriented economists who are interested in both research and policy related to intellectual property. Our economists provide guidance on USPTO initiatives, policy analysis, and original research on the impacts of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets in both the domestic and international environments.

OCE maintains a working paper series, a seminar series, and cohosts an annual innovation conference. The USPTO’s economists regularly present their work at conferences and publish in leading journals. Economists with data and analytical experience related to innovation and/or intellectual property (patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets), who write and communicate effectively, and who have a strong comprehension of microeconomic analysis are encouraged to apply.

Note that employment opportunities are restricted to U.S. citizens. Interested economists may submit an application at

Application Requirements:
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Application Instructions:
Deadline to apply is August 6th, with a possible extension. Visit for the most up to date information.