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Penn Wharton Budget Model has a staff opening for economists with a strong interest in applied research to assess the economic and revenue effects of current and proposed public policies affecting domestic and international policy areas. We are seeking candidates with a background in Applied Microeconomics, especially in the areas of labor, public, education, and health economics. Applicants should have an interest in applied, policy-oriented research. An ideal team member will combine insights from economic theory with large datasets to aid policy analysis through empirical research or modeling and simulation work. Some coding experience (such as Python and/or C#) is desirable. Staff economists are encouraged to publish their research findings in professional journals. A PhD in Economics required, but strong ABD candidates are 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 Note – references will not be contacted until approval is secured.

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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. If you are graduating this academic year or have recently graduated, your resume should also include overall GPA, GPA by field(s), a partial list of advanced courses taken in related disciplines listed above, and any computer skills, including coding languages. Note – references will not be contacted until approval is secured.

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Software Engineers

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.

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Student Workers

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.

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