Policy Economist (entry level or senior level)

Job Description & Qualification

The position requires an economist who is interested in applied, policy-oriented work and research. Primary responsibilities include researching and analyzing policy issues related to community and economic development, such as (but not limited to):
• Racial/ethnic, gender, or other disparities in housing, lending, or labor markets
• Place-based policies
• Economic mobility, income inequality
• Mortgage markets
• Consumer financial products and regulation
• Household balance sheet decisions
• Federal, state, and local tax and spending policies and their effect on low- and moderate-income households and neighborhoods

The duties of this position allow time for self-directed, policy-relevant research, but applicants should be aware that policy analysis will have the highest priority.
All candidates should have a Ph.D. in economics, finance, or a related field and have strong quantitative skills, or equivalent skills and experience. Candidates should also have strong written and oral communication skills. Senior-level candidates should have a demonstrated empirical research track record in economics, finance, or a related field and/or a significant relevant experience. Knowledge of the practice of community economic development is a plus. Salary and position will be commensurate with experience and level of achievement.

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit:
- CV
- Cover Letter
- List of references
E-mail applications to: cdpsrecruiting@chi.frb.org

About the Organization

The Community Development and Policy Studies (CDPS) division of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago aims to improve the socioeconomic prospects of low- and moderate-income individuals and communities through economic development and reinvestment opportunities to underserved communities. The CDPS division is part of the Economic Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Additional Information

This position requires access to confidential supervisory information, access to which is limited to “protected individuals” as defined in the U.S. federal immigration law. Protected individuals include, but are not limited to, U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, U.S. permanent residents who are not yet eligible to apply for naturalization and U.S. permanent residents who have applied for naturalization within six months of becoming eligible to do so. The Chicago Fed is an equal opportunity employer.

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Job ID

ID: J4617