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Macroeconomist

Job Category: Economics
Division Name: Macroeconomic Analysis

Description

The Macroeconomic Analysis Division is seeking a macroeconomist with a broad range of interests, including fiscal policy and public finance. The division assesses the macroeconomic effects of federal fiscal policy over the short and long runs, analyzes emerging developments in the economy, and prepares a semiannual economic forecast. The division’s portfolio of analysis covers a wide range of issues, including these over the past several years: the effects of federal investment on private-sector productivity, the effects of immigration reform on the economy, the effects of changes in the global economy and international trade, and the economic effects of health care reform. The position involves analyzing similar issues, writing CBO reports describing the analyses, and carrying out original economic research. 

The successful candidate will contribute to the full range of the division's responsibilities. Those include constructing and improving cutting-edge models that underlie CBO’s policy analyses, preparing longer-term studies, and assessing the dynamic effects of specific pieces of legislation (a process sometimes called “dynamic scoring”). Also, the successful candidate will be encouraged to turn CBO projects and independent research into CBO working papers and outside publications. 

Qualifications
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in economics or a closely related discipline, such as public policy or applied statistics, or a master’s degree with at least five years’ relevant experience. Special consideration will be given to candidates with experience in using general equilibrium models to analyze quantitative fiscal policy. Excellent quantitative, writing, and interpersonal skills are essential—including the ability to communicate technical material clearly to a variety of audiences—as are the ability to work independently and the ability to complete projects under tight deadlines. Both junior- and senior-level candidates will be considered. Noncitizens should review the agency’s citizenship requirements or contact careers@cbo.gov for help in determining eligibility.

Salary and Benefits
The salary is competitive with comparable positions in the executive branch and will be commensurate with experience, education, and other qualifications. CBO offers excellent benefits and a collegial, respectful work environment. 

How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter, résumé, a brief writing sample, salary history, and contact information for three references. Recent graduates should submit an unofficial copy of graduate transcripts and have letters of recommendation sent to careers@cbo.gov in place of the references. To ensure consideration, apply by May 31, 2017. Only complete applications will be considered.

This position is governed by the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act, as made applicable by the Congressional Accountability Act, as amended. The following categories of people may be eligible for preference in the hiring process: veterans who have separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after serving on active duty in the armed forces during a war, in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized, or during particular defined periods; disabled veterans; and the mother, spouse, or unmarried widow or widower of certain veterans.

To claim this preference, an applicant must identify himself or herself as eligible for veterans' preference in the Self-Identification for Veterans' Preference section of the application and must complete and submit CBO's Veterans' Preference Eligibility Form together with the supporting documentation specified on that form to veoa@cbo.gov (or by fax to 202-225-7539) within two weeks of applying or no later than the deadline specified for positions with deadlines. Applicants may obtain a copy of CBO's Veterans' Preference in Appointments policy by submitting a written request to careers@cbo.gov.

Contact
Angela Smart or Nancy Fahey, Washington, DC, 202-226-2628, careers@cbo.gov

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