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JOE Listings (Job Openings for Economists)

August 1, 2020 - January 31, 2021

Congressional Budget Office

Financial Analysis Division
Applied Economist

JOE ID Number: 2020-02_111465101
Date Posted: 08/02/2020
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Applied Economist
Section: Full-Time Nonacademic
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, UNITED STATES
JEL Classifications:
G -- Financial Economics
H6 -- National Budget, Deficit, and Debt
L1 -- Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance
Salary Range: $100,000 - $160,000 based on experience and position
Full Text of JOE Listing:

CBO, a nonpartisan agency that provides Congress with the objective, timely analysis needed for economic and budgetary decisions seeks applied economists to use cutting-edge economic concepts and empirical techniques to model and analyze policy changes and to write reports and working papers about those analyses, enhancing the transparency of CBO’s work.

The research topics will include the impact of a change in government activities in the housing market on the federal budget deficit and on market participants; the effect of proposed policies on the behavior of private insurers in health insurance markets; the factors that determine bank failures and how those failures might affect the cost of FDIC insurance; the cost and effect of policies supporting the financial system during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic; and the identification and estimation of structural model parameters, with both survey and administrative data used for sources of variation, to improve CBO’s current models. The topics of the economist’s analysis will shift over time, providing new opportunities to contribute.

Graduate degree in finance, economics, or related quantitative field and experience in applied economics, such as applied econometrics or industrial organization. Advanced knowledge of statistical software programs such as Stata, SAS, R, MATLAB, and Python.

Application Requirements:
  • External Application URL and Instructions Below
  • Letters of Reference Instructions Below
Application deadline: 01/31/2021
Reference Instructions:
Contact information for three references to be included in your application.
Application Instructions:
Please submit a cover letter, a résumé, a writing sample, and contact information for three references at For best consideration, apply by August 24, 2020. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Candidates must have passed or be able to pass a Tier 2 (Public Trust) investigation, which includes a credit check. A higher security clearance may be accepted instead.