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Cato Institute

Research Associate

  • Type: Full-Time
  • Discipline: Policy
  • Location: 1000 Masachusetts Ave, NW Washington, DC 20001


The Cato Institute is seeking a Research Associate to join a team of researchers working on economic policy. The Research Associate will be responsible for supporting the work of Cato’s economic policy scholars, in both the research and administrative arenas. This position will help produce original policy analysis in multiple different formats, including working papers, blog posts, op-eds, and policy analyses. The Research Associate will be an integral part of the team’s workflow and will occasionally have the opportunity to co-author pieces with other members of the team. The Research Associate will report to the Director of Economic Studies and other scholars.

The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization—a think tank—dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues.

Founded in 1977, Cato owes its name to Cato’s Letters, a series of essays published in 18th- century England that presented a vision of society free from excessive government power. Those essays inspired the architects of the American Revolution. And the simple, timeless principles of that revolution — individual liberty, limited government, and free markets – turn out to be even more powerful in today’s world of global markets and unprecedented access to information than Jefferson or Madison could have imagined. Social and economic freedom is not just the best policy for a free people, it is the indispensable framework for the future. Cato Institute is an EOE.


  • Support the research of the senior members of the Economic Studies team.
  • Assist with the gathering, formatting, and publication of economic data and related visualizations.
  • Support the administrative and organizational needs of the Economic Studies team.
  • Occasionally co-author policy analyses, working papers, peer-reviewed academic papers, blog posts, and other empirical work with members of the Economic Studies team.

Education and Experience

  • Degree in economics, statistics, data science, or any field that requires strong analytical and writing skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, the ability to work on multiple tasks both independently and as part of a highly collaborative team on a time-sensitive basis, and commitment to accuracy.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and familiarity with various US government economic databases (e.g., Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and St. Louis Federal Reserve FRED).
  • Interest in libertarianism and public policy.
  • No prior work experience required.

Physical Requirements

  • Work remotely until after COVID-19, then work in Cato’s Washington, DC office.


  • Salary and title commensurate with experience; excellent benefits, retirement, and generous vacation leave, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

How to apply

To apply, please submit the following materials in one PDF File

  • CV/Resume. Cover letter optional.
  • Two writing samples (research reports, working papers, peer-reviewed articles, dissertations, data memos, blog posts, etc.).
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