Research Assistant, Economic Policy Studies

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
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# of Openings
Economic Policy


The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) is seeking full-time, in-person research assistants to work with senior economists. AEI economists study a wide variety of economic policy issues related to the US economy, tax policy, international finance, political economy, financial services, and health care. The anticipated start date for these positions is summer 2024. 


Responsibilities include supporting research through managing, retrieving, and analyzing data; editing and contributing to scholarly papers, articles, op-eds, and books; creating and formatting charts, graphic displays, and tables; and writing literature reviews and background reports using national and international publications.


Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in economics and public policy and experience using economic methodologies, acquiring data from official sources, analyzing large datasets, and using statistical programs—preferably Stata. A strong math or statistics background is required, and coursework in linear algebra, multivariable calculus, and econometrics is strongly preferred.


AEI offers a stimulating and harmonious work environment and excellent benefits. Interested candidates should submit their resume, a cover letter demonstrating their interest in AEI’s mission and work, unofficial academic transcripts, and a writing sample with their online application.


  • Support research through data manipulation, retrieval, analysis, entry, and extraction.
  • Edit and contribute to scholarly papers, articles for a general audience, op-eds, and books.
  • Create and format charts, graphic displays, and tables.
  • Conduct literature reviews for research projects to be published in domestic and international journals.
  • Manage the workflow of several ongoing research projects, and provide regular updates to the department’s program manager and communications head.
  • Assist AEI’s Economic Policy scholars in planning and executing public events and conferences.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions at AEI

  • The employee is expected to regularly stand, sit, talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer, telephone, and keyboard. This job requires close-up vision for computer work.
  • The employee must be able to work in a confined area.
  • Moderate noise (e.g., from computers, phones, printers, and light traffic) is expected.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform this position’s essential responsibilities.


  • A BA or BS in economics or mathematics by the start date is required.
  • 0–2 years of previous applicable full-time work experience is required; previous internship experience is highly preferred.
  • A strong interest in economics research and public policy is highly preferred.
  • Quantitative skills (e.g., in multivariable calculus, probability, and linear algebra) are required.
  • Experience using Microsoft Excel is required.
  • Experience using Stata, R, or Python is required.


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