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Economists

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Economists report to the academic director and identify questions and unsettled issues in important areas of public policy including tax, immigration, entitlements, households’ finance and regulation. This position combines insights from economic theory and large datasets to help provide advice for a large-scale federal microsimulation model and an integrated cutting-edge dynamic overlapping-generations model. We also highly encourage complementary independent research.

Economists must be able to work with a team and under tight deadlines. A PhD in economics (especially applied theory, public economics, labor economics or econometrics) is preferred, but strong candidates with MA/ABD decrees will be considered. Excellent research, writing and analytical skills are required. Computer coding experience is very desirable and candidates with software development experience are especially encouraged to apply.

Required documents include your CV, which should include names and contact information of three or more references and a writing sample, preferably a job market paper. If you have letters of recommendation, please have them forwarded to budgetmodel@wharton.upenn.edu.

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Research Associates

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Research Associates have a deep interest in economic research and assist with faculty-led research on a number of public policy topics, including housing, finance, tax reform, health care, entitlement reform and the federal budget. Job responsibilities include collecting and maintaining databases, performing statistical and econometric analysis, writing research reports and providing research-related technical programming support.

Requirements include a bachelor’s degree, preferably in economics, statistics, finance, mathematics, computer science or a related discipline. A thorough understanding of economics, ability to use statistical and programming tools and self-motivation are highly valued in performing these functions. The ideal candidate is interested in spending two years with us before heading to graduate school.

Required documents include your resume, which should include names and contact information of three or more references.

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Software Engineers

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Software Engineers build the software applications and systems critical to the group's mission of delivering data-driven economic analyses of public policy. Software Engineers work closely with Economists and Research Associates to develop large databases of economic and demographic data, population-scale computational models of economic agents, and data visualization tools that support public policy analysis. Applications developed by Software Engineers enable Economists to advise lawmakers on public policy design and educate the public on the impact of public policy proposals.

The ideal candidate for the Software Engineer position has a Bachelor's or Master’s degree in a technical discipline, demonstrates strong software development fundamentals, and is capable of working with a range of technologies. Technical experience relevant to the role includes full stack web development, statistical computing, mathematical optimization, and distributed computing. An interest in economics and public policy is valued.

Required documents include your resume, which should include names and contact information of three or more references.

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Student Workers

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Student workers help researchers across a variety of areas including data management, coding, communications, writing briefs and blogs, video editing, legislative research. Computer science, economics and mathematics majors are preferred.

Required documents include your resume.

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