Economist/Policy Researcher

RAND Corporation
  • Location
    Los Angeles, California
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Jan 09

Position description

Economists and Policy Researchers at RAND work across the spectrum of policy research areas at RAND including health, population and aging, welfare and poverty, education and training, compensation and workforce management, civil and criminal law and economics; civilian and defense R&D and contracting, national security strategy, environmental issues, and science and technology policy. RAND economists write peer-reviewed RAND publications and publish widely in academic journals.


All research positions at RAND require excellent analytic skills, the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English, both orally and in writing; the ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team; and a strong commitment to RAND's core values of quality and objectivity.

Education Requirements

  • PhD in economics completed or expected within 9 months, or PhD in a policy or business program with an equivalent curriculum in microeconomic theory and econometrics, completed or expected within 9 months

  • Demonstrated research skills and a strong interest in empirical analyses related to public policy

Specializations of Interest

  • Microeconomics

  • Household behavior and family economics

  • Market structure and pricing

  • International relations and international political economy

  • Public economics

  • Health

  • Education and research institutions

  • Labor and demographic economics

  • Economics of national security

  • Law and Economics

  • Development

  • Agriculture and natural resource economics; environmental and ecological economics

Security Clearance

Some research may require a security clearance. In order to obtain a security clearance, one of the requirements includes U.S. citizenship.


Santa Monica, CA; Washington, DC; Pittsburgh, PA; Boston, MA

Application Materials

CV, cover letter, and writing sample are required (PDF documents are preferred).

Salary Range

Associate Researcher: $94,800 - $148,350

Full Researcher: $109,600 - $181,075

Application instructions

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