Labor Economist

Washington, D.C
Oct 24, 2020
Nov 02, 2020
Full Time


The Congressional Budget Office is a small nonpartisan agency that provides economic and budgetary analysis to the U.S. Congress. CBO seeks a labor economist to conduct research and analysis on topics of interest to the Congress, including all aspects of labor markets and how public policies affect them. CBOs recently completed work includes reports on the effects of an increase in the minimum wage on employment and family income, the employment of foreign-born people, and the Long-Term Budge
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The successful candidate will use data to conduct economic analyses and write CBO reports and testimonies. Staff members are encouraged to actively participate in the policy research community by presenting papers at conferences, publishing articles in professional journals, and circulating preliminary research through CBOs series of working papers.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Excepted Service


Tier Two Background Investigation


Strong quantitative skills, including experience with large data sets;
Exceptional oral and written communication skills, especially the ability to clearly explain analytic results to other CBO and Congressional staff and Members of Congress;
Ability to initiate and complete research projects both independently and collaboratively;
Facility with handling multiple projects simultaneously, often under tight deadlines; and
A desire to contribute directly to the analysis of federal policy in a nonpartisan setting.


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Applicants must have a Ph.D. in economics or a related field, or a masters degree in economics or a related field with a minimum of five years of relevant work experience.

Additional information

This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your application includes your résumé, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your résumé includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a not qualified determination. Those who aren't qualified will be informed and not considered further. Others will be referred to the hiring division for further consideration.

NOTE: To ensure consideration you must submit a complete application by November 24, 2020 at (not USAJobs). Although we may continue to accept applications beyond that date, we are only ensuring that those who submitted by the deadline above will be considered. Should the hiring division wish to review candidates who applied after that date, we will then process those applications to determine if they are qualified and should be forwarded for management review.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

Submit a cover letter, a résumé, a brief writing sample, and contact information for three references at Ph.D. candidates and recent graduates must submit an unofficial copy of academic transcripts and have letters of recommendation sent to in place of references.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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