The Tax Policy Center (TPC), a joint project of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution, aims to provide policymakers and the public with independent analysis of current and longer-term tax issues and to communicate its analysis in a timely and accessible manner. The Center brings together national experts in tax, expenditure, budget policy, and microsimulation modeling to concentrate on overarching areas of tax policy.
How you’ll contribute:
We are seeking a research associate to join our outstanding team as an employee of the Urban Institute. This staff member would contribute to the analysis and modeling of a broad range of tax policies, including but not limited to those affecting corporations and other businesses.
The successful candidate will have excellent research and communication skills, a broad knowledge and understanding of public finance or a related area of applied microeconomics, and a strong interest in the US tax system. Background in business taxes is a plus. The ability to model tax legislation and proposals and to write clear, accurate, and timely analyses of current policy issues will be essential. The candidate should be creative, intellectually curious, and able to communicate technical subjects to a nontechnical audience. The candidate will also have the opportunity to present their tax policy research findings in professional journals and in academic and professional settings.
Conduct research both independently and as a team member
Assist with the development of TPC’s tax models, including its business tax model
Draft research reports and policy briefs
Contribute to the development of TPC’s strategic vision
Support senior researchers in identifying and developing new funding sources and partnership opportunities for TPC
Present research and participate in public events at which tax issues are discussed
Communicate with the media on results of TPC research and through commentary on current policy issues
What you’ll bring:
The successful candidate will:
Possess a PhD in economics or a related discipline or a master’s degree and equivalent experience to successfully perform the duties mentioned above
Demonstrate expertise in applied microeconomics, econometrics, microsimulation modeling, or programming (using packages such as Stata, R, and Python)
Display strong oral and written language skills
Along with your CV and Cover Letter, please include a writing sample. We are also requesting the submission of contact information for three references or, if available, letters of recommendation
What you’ll experience:
Working in the Nation’s Capital, the epicenter of public policy among a network of policy experts, you can expect to have an impact on policy areas you care about and work with great colleagues who are smart, mission-driven, and collaborative. You will blend academic rigor with on-the-ground collaboration, be encouraged and supported to fulfill your potential through meaningful work that matters, and enjoy a welcoming workplace free from harassment, discrimination, and intolerance.
In addition, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes: medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage. Competitive paid time off allowance, and eligibility to participate in a generous retirement savings plan and reimbursable commuting expense program.
The Urban Institute is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected status under applicable law.
The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.
Internal Number: R-800-806
About Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center
The Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center aims to provide independent analyses of current and longer-term tax issues and to communicate its analyses to the public and to policymakers in a timely and accessible manner. The Center combines top national experts in tax, expenditure, budget policy, and microsimulation modeling to concentrate on overarching areas of tax policy that are critical to future debate.