Labor Economist

Washington, D.C
Nov 16, 2020
Nov 24, 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 an economist who will focus on modeling individual behavior in a microsimulation framework, drawing on labor economics, public economics, demography, health economics, and the study of aging.The analyst will be part of the team working on CBOs annual Long-Term Budget Outlook and analyses of Social Security policy.
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Conducting research about and performing modeling of projected labor force participation, employment, and earnings distributions; Social Security retirement or disability-claiming decisions; and individuals marital and childbearing decisions. Working closely with a team to provide the Congress with 30-year projections of federal spending and to analyze the long-run economic and budgetary effects of retirement and disability policies under consideration by the Congress. Preparing reports and testimonies.

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;
Interest in developing and maintaining a microsimulation model;
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 work effectively and collaboratively with a team of other economists and programmers;
Facility with handling multiple projects simultaneously, often under tight deadlines; and
A desire to contribute directly to the analysis of federal retirement and disability 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 and a strong interest in microsimulation modeling.

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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

Cover letter, resume, a brief writing sample and contact information for three references. 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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