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Experienced Health Economist: Health, Retirement, and Long-Term Analysis Division, CBO

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 an experienced health economist to contribute to a variety of projects and analyses in the health area.

HRLD’s recently completed work includes multiple analyses of the effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—or changes to its provisions—on insurance coverage and federal health care spending, an analysis of the budgetary and economic effects of repealing the ACA, long-term projections of spending in federal healthcare programs, an analysis of competition and costs in the Medicare drug benefit, and a study of illustrative options for designing a “premium support” system for Medicare. Ongoing work includes further analyses related to the ACA and studies on a broad range of topics, including drivers of private insurance premiums, factors affecting the supply and prices of medical care, and the effects of policies to address obesity on healthcare spending.

The successful candidate will contribute to the full range of the division’s responsibilities, which include preparing CBO reports and testimonies, designing and producing state-of-the-art analytical studies that underlie those CBO products, and constructing and improving the associated analytic models. The incumbent will serve as a team leader for some projects, guiding more junior analysts, and as a contributing analyst for other projects. In addition to producing CBO studies and reports, analysts are encouraged to turn projects or independent research into CBO working papers or outside publications.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in economics or a related discipline. Applicants should also have a strong quantitative background, excellent writing skills, at least 5 years of relevant post-doctoral experience in health policy analysis – preferably on projects similar to those that CBO conducts – and a desire to work as part of a team on issues of current legislative interest to the Congress.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience, education, and other qualifications. CBO offers excellent benefits and an appealing work environment.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, résumé, salary history, a brief writing sample and contact information for three references online at www.cbo.gov/careers. This position is governed by the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act, as made applicable by the Congressional Accountability Act, as amended.


Nancy A. Fahey or Angela Smart, Washington, DC, 202-226-2628, careers@cbo.gov.