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Research Fellow

The Cato Institute is seeking applications for a full-time position located in DC as a financial economics research fellow for the Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives (CMFA). The fellow’s primary responsibility will be to provide original quantitative policy research that advances the CMFA’s policy priorities. The ideal candidate is a bright, detail-oriented, hard-working individual with an interest in financial and monetary economics and a willingness to adapt to the changing needs of a growing policy center.

About Cato
The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization—a think tank—dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues.

Founded in 1977, Cato owes its name to Cato’s Letters, a series of essays published in 18th- century England that presented a vision of society free from excessive government power. Those essays inspired the architects of the American Revolution. And the simple, timeless principles of that revolution — individual liberty, limited government, and free markets – turn out to be even more powerful in today’s world of global markets and unprecedented access to information than Jefferson or Madison could have imagined. Social and economic freedom is not just the best policy for a free people, it is the indispensable framework for the future. 

Cato Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • Produce, solicit, edit, summarize, and promote quantitative economic policy research on issues related to monetary policy and financial market regulation.
  • Develop original quantitative research projects and provide analysis working with other CMFA scholars.
  • Help develop a wider audience for the CMFA’s content, including among policymakers, media outlets, and other scholarly policy organizations. 
  • Contribute to the CMFA’s overall mission by actively participating in CMFA initiatives and identifying new areas of exploration.

  • Superior research, writing, and communication skills.
  • PhD in Economics or Finance.
  • A commitment to limited government, constitutional principles, and individual liberty.
  • A commitment to using quantitative research to identify and promote alternatives to the existing monetary and financial regulatory systems that are more conducive to a stable, flourishing, and free society.