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Health Economist


Health, Retirement, and Long-Term Analysis Division

The Congressional Budget Office is a small nonpartisan agency that provides economic, policy, and budgetary analysis to the Congress. The Health, Retirement, and Long-Term Analysis Division (HRLD) is seeking a health economist to contribute to a variety of projects, analyses, and modeling.

HRLD’s recently completed work includes multiple analyses of the effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on insurance coverage and federal health care spending, analyses of the effects on coverage and spending if the ACA’s provisions were changed, long-term projections of spending in federal health care programs, and an analysis of illustrative options for converting Medicare into a “premium support” system. Ongoing work includes studies on a broad range of topics, such as single-payer systems, the Medicare Advantage program, preventative health programs, populations served by both Medicare and Medicaid, prescription drugs, and factors affecting the prices of medical care. The successful candidate will contribute to developing new studies and to designing and improving the state-of-the-art analytical models that underlie them. Analysts are also encouraged to turn projects and independent research into CBO working papers and outside publications.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in economics or a related discipline, or a master’s degree in those disciplines along with at least three years of equivalent experience. In addition, applicants should have experience in health policy analysis, either as a student or through employment. They should have strong quantitative skills, experience using large data files, and an in-depth knowledge of at least one programming language. Substantial knowledge of the institutional details of health care programs is highly desirable. Applicants also should be able to initiate and complete research projects, both independently and with a team; be able to clearly present their work orally and in writing to nontechnical audiences; and want to work on issues of current or potential legislative interest to the Congress. Noncitizens of the United States should review the agency’s Citizenship Requirements or contact for assistance in determining eligibility.

Salary and Benefits

The salary is competitive with salaries at other organizations and will be commensurate with experience, education, and other qualifications. CBO offers excellent benefits and a collegial, respectful work environment.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, résumé, a brief writing sample, salary history, and contact information for three references at Recent graduates should submit an unofficial copy of academic transcripts and have letters of recommendation sent to in place of the references. CBO will consider applications on a rolling basis; this position will be closed when filled. Only complete applications will be considered. This position is governed by the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act, as made applicable by the Congressional Accountability Act, as amended.


Nancy Fahey, Washington, DC, 202-226-2628,