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 projects include papers on tax relief for working families, improvements in safety net program design, cost-effective early childhood investments, reducing crime and incarceration rates, water rights and management, and efficient allocation of the wireless spectrum.
Writing and Editing - 40%
• Write first drafts of accessible, engaging policy briefs from THP academic discussion papers.
Production - 20%
BA/BS (preferably in economics) or MA. Candidates with research experience are strongly preferred, especially those with experience in Stata, SAS or Matlab. Strong quantitative and analytic skills required. Exemplary writing and editing skills a must. Must be able to take initiative to explore promising policy areas and absorb and synthesize large amounts of information and data quickly. Strong knowledge of and passion for public policy. Discretion, creativity, maturity and good judgment. 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.
Previous THP Research Assistants have gone on to positions with the White House National Economic Council, the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, the White House Office of Management & Budget, and the U.S. Department of Treasury. Others have pursued advance degrees, moving on to the highly competitive economics PhD programs at MIT, Harvard and UC Berkeley; Yale and Harvard law schools; and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
The RA positions will open during the summer of 2014 and involve a commitment of at least one year. Specific starting dates are flexible and will be coordinated with the THP senior staff.
Applicants should send a resume, cover letter, writing sample (no more than two pages), and an electronic unofficial transcript to Lhowell@brookings.edu