The Hamilton Project (THP) at the Brookings Institution produces research and policy proposals on how to create a growing economy that benefits more Americans. Our economic strategy reflects a judgment that long term prosperity is best achieved by making economic growth broad-based, by enhancing individual economic security, and by embracing a role for effective government in making needed public investments. The Project focuses on a broad range of topics in applied microeconomics with applications to economy policy. Current projects include papers on tax relief for working families, improvements in safety net program design, cost-effective early childhood investments, reducing crime and incarceration rates, water rights and management, and efficient allocation of the wireless spectrum.
Help execute and develop an overall policy agenda and policy strategy for The Hamilton Project. Research potential policy areas and communicate with leading academics, policy makers and practitioners to support the Director and Policy Director in identifying promising potential topics for THP’s policy agenda. Draft THP policy briefs and other public documents. Analyze economic data and present findings. Assist with coordinating the work of outside academics and policy analysts to achieve policy goals. Assist with editing and production of THP discussion papers.
Principle Duties and Responsibilities
Research and Policy Development - 40%
• Initiate policy development by researching various policy areas, identifying thought leaders in the field, and remaining abreast of most recent writing in various areas.
• Analyze data in Excel and Stata and present findings accurately and accessibly in graphs and writing.
• Provide periodic written updates and summaries of research findings and latest writings in defined policy issue areas.
• Play a central role within a small policy team of junior and senior THP staff to discuss and review policy areas and ideas
Writing and Editing - 40%
• Write first drafts of accessible, engaging policy briefs from THP academic discussion papers.
• Provide substantive feedback and editing on author papers.
• Prepare internal briefs and research summaries to provide overview of particular policy areas, including background information, leading current thinking, and promising policy proposals.
Production - 20%
• Monitor author progress and communicate with authors on logistics of paper timing, contract status, and other process matters.
• Play a lead role with editing, cite-checking, and production of discussion papers.