Research Faculty in Economics

American University Research Faculty in Economics
Location Washington, D.C.
Application deadline 31 July 2023
Contract type Fixed term
Hours Full-time
Salary Salary is competitive
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The American University's Department of Economics seeking a Research Faculty in Economics to scan policy and funding landscapes and identify opportunities for the Institute to build out and maximise the impact of its model.

Brief description of organisation

Established in April 2023, IMPA conducts research on macroeconomic policy with a primary focus on taxation and inequality. It is home to a state-of-the-art macroeconomic policy model for studying the impact of a wide range of policies on aggregate and distributional outcomes. Grounded in contemporary scholarly research, IMPA’s research emphasizes economic realities that are currently ignored or underestimated and that are crucial in the latest policy discussions: income and wealth inequality, the widespread prevalence of market power in labor and goods markets, and the decoupling of asset prices from the productive economy, among others. Learn more about IMPA and about the department of economics.

Key roles and responsibilities

In close consultation with the Faculty Directors of the Institute for Macroeconomic and Policy Analysis (IMPA) and serving as IMPA’s Managing Director, the research faculty authors policy papers and other products that move the academic research of the Institute into real-world practice. They also scan policy and funding landscapes to identify opportunities for the Institute to build out and maximise the impact of its model. Additionally, they supervise the contributions of the Institute’s researchers to policy products, manage the Institute’s budget, and perform other duties as assigned.

Experience and qualifications

Applicants should hold a PhD or other terminal degree in Economics, Law, or a related field (e.g. Public Policy). Highly qualified applicants with a master’s degree related to Economics, Law, or a related field will also be considered. The ideal candidate will have one or more years of experience working on economic policy; demonstrated knowledge of contemporary debates in macroeconomics and tax policy; and experience managing short- and long-term projects, with demonstrated ability to produce products on time.


To apply, please submit here a letter of application, curriculum vitae, three contact references, and copies of recent written works relevant to economic policy. Please contact Mary Eschelbach Hansen at 202-885-3793 or via email if you have any questions. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Equal opportunity employer

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