Research Assistant, Center on Regulation and Markets

The Brookings Institution
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    May 12

Position description

Equal-Opportunity Employer: It is Brookings policy to provide equal employment opportunity for all of its employees and applicants without regard to their actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, citizenship status, family responsibilities, gender identity or expression, genetic information, matriculation, political affiliation, veteran status, or any other prohibited basis of discrimination as required by law.

Research Assistant, Center on Regulation and Markets (Job ID: 2020-2326)


Job ID: 2020-2326
Type: Regular, Introductory, Term
# of Openings: 1
Category: Research
1. Resident Employee


Join one of the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tanks! 

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level. 

We bring together leading experts in government and academia from all over the world, rooted in open-minded inquiry and representing diverse points of view, who provide the highest quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis. Research topics cover a full range of public policy issues in economics, foreign policy, development, governance and metropolitan policy.

With fair and transparent business practices, clear communication, mutual respect, and a collaborative atmosphere that offers both professional and personal development opportunities, Brookings offers an inclusive and welcoming workplace that values the efforts of all contributors.


About the Economic Studies Program: The Economic Studies program analyzes current and emerging economic issues facing the United States and the world and, based on that research, provides innovative, practical policy recommendations. ES's work covers a broad array of economic issues, including the labor market, regulation, health policy, and fiscal and monetary policy. Economic Studies scholars influence key economic policies by conducting rigorous and relevant research and then disseminating and communicating their findings to the policy community and to the broader public.

About the Center on Regulation and Markets: The Center on Regulation and Markets (CRM) seeks to improve the quality and efficiency of economic regulations and regulatory policy. The Center produces expert evidence-based original papers, timely reports and analysis, and holds public and private convenings on regulatory topics both pressing and those likely to shape the future, with the aim of reaching academics, policy makers who set the regulatory agenda, and the regulatory agencies who implement it. The Center has traditionally had two areas of focus, 1) the economic effects of regulation and competition policy, and 2) classical regulatory analysis, including cost benefit analysis and the examination and evaluation of the federal regulatory process and federal rules and legislation.


Ready to contribute to Brookings success?

The Research Assistant undertakes research and policy analysis on a range of economic, health and social policy issues for one or more fellows or senior fellows. Duties for this position include: a) research assistance; b) drafting materials and working papers, blogs and other publications; d) verification of statistical calculations, literature searches, and computer work; and e) assisting the fellow and other staff with the management of projects.


Quantitative Analysis, Programming, and Statistical Support (50%)

  • Independently prepares and revises programming code, simulation macros, database files and regression estimates, as assigned by senior scholars. 
  • Prepares tables and graphs output from model simulations. 
  • Updates and checks existing databanks; assembles, consolidates, and checks data from new sources.

Research Support (40%)

  • In collaboration with senior research staff, drafts material summarizing research results on specific topics as assigned, for incorporation into working papers and project publications 
  • Provides analytical reviews and summaries of existing literature pertinent to the projects. 
  • Locates and collects relevant documents and data from sources such as electronic databases, libraries, and government publications.
  • Compiles, reads, abstracts, and organizes written material into bibliographic form and summaries. 
  • Maintains electronic bibliography files. 
  • Assist with special projects and perform other duties as assigned.

Project Support, Communications, and Outreach (10%)

  • Update web pages in support of the scholar's area of interest.
  • Write and edit summaries to be posted on pages relating to scholar's work. 
  • Gather related bibliographic, link and current event information in support of pages to be created for a scholar's topic area. 
  • Work with ES communications team to prepare, lay out, and post scholar's work for publication on the web site. 
  • Coordinate with ES communications team on scholar's publication schedule 
  • Assist designated scholar(s) with event preparation and logistics as needed.


Ready to make an impact? In this role, you will support Brookings values of collegiality, respect, inclusion, diversity and community, and bring the following qualifications:


Education/Experience Requirements:

Bachelor's degree in Economics or Mathematics/Statistics, strongly preferred. Public Policy, or other Social Sciences with a minor in Economics also considered. One year of job experience in economics, policy research, and/or computer modeling preferred but not required. Competence to undertake research assignments with little supervision required.


Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

Strong computer skills and experience required. Experience handling large data sets and models preferred. Independent research experience preferred. Experience with software such as STATA, R, or other econometric packages required.

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