Economist, Penn Wharton Budget Model

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Economist, Penn Wharton Budget Model

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title
Economist, Penn Wharton Budget Model

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Job Description Summary
The Penn Wharton Budget Model (PWBM) has a staff opening for economists with a strong interest in applied research to assess the economic and revenue effects of current and proposed public policies affecting domestic and international policy areas.

Job Description

We are seeking candidates with a background in Applied Microeconomics, especially in the areas of labor, public, education, and health economics. Applicants should have an interest in applied, policy-oriented research. An ideal team member will combine insights from economic theory with large datasets to aid policy analysis through empirical research or modeling and simulation work. Some coding experience (such as Python and/or C#) is desirable. Staff economists are encouraged to publish their research findings in professional journals. A PhD in Economics required, but strong ABD candidates are encouraged to apply. More information about the existing team and projects can be found here:

*This position is contingent upon continued funding.


  • Using model, generate reports related to tax reform, immigration, and other public policies.
  • Create, as well as use, various econometric modelling techniques to develop forecasts.
  • Work with the team to create large scale economic/financial models.
  • Understand and interpret data. Analyzing data to test the effectiveness of current policies.

  • A PhD in Economics required, but ABD candidates expecting a doctorate in 2020 are encouraged to apply.
  • Excellent research, writing and analytical skills required.
  • Some Python and/or C# programming experience desirable.
  • Strong interest in public economics and policy.

Working Conditions
  • Office, library, computer room

Physical Effort
  • Typically sitting at a desk or table

Application Instructions

Upload your CV, writing sample, and preferably a job market paper. If you have letters of recommendation, please have them forwarded to [email protected]. Note: references will not be contacted until approval is secured.

More about PWBM

The Penn Wharton Budget Model (PWBM) is a non-partisan, research-based initiative that provides accurate, accessible and transparent economic analysis of public policy. Besides being non-partisan, we are non-normative, in that we do not make policy recommendations. Instead, the intention of the PWBM is to be the honest broker of analysis working at the intersection of business and policy to help policy makers, the public, and businesses make fact-based decisions. PWBM has been influential in many key recent policy discussions, including tax reform, infrastructure, universal basic income, debt and Social Security.

  • Labor economics
  • Microeconomics
  • Public economics
  • Econometrics

JEL Classifications
  • C -- Mathematical and Quantitative Methods
  • D - Microeconomics
  • G -- Financial Economics
  • H -- Public Economics
  • I -- Health, Education, and Welfare
  • J -- Labor and Demographic Economics

*The University of Pennsylvania posts the full starting salary range for this job family. Starting salary for this position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Wharton School

Pay Range
$72,837.00 - $138,391.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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Posted: 3/31/2021
Application Due: 3/31/2033
Work Type: Full Time