Thursday, February 9, 2017

Job opportunity: The Cato Institute

Research Assistant Center for Social Welfare Policy


Research Assistant Center for Social Welfare Policy

The Cato Institute seeks a research assistant for a full-time position located in DC as a research assistant specializing in social welfare policy. The ideal candidate will have exceptionally strong research skills, and knowledge of economics, health care, entitlement policy, and the US welfare system, as well as a commitment to limited government and individual liberty.  Successful candidates will be entrepreneurial, hard-working, self-starters, with a willingness to adapt to the changing needs of a growing policy center.

Company Overview:

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 EOE.


  • Assist scholars with their task, projects and events
  • Conduct general or detailed research as required
  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Edit and fact check manuscripts
  • Supervising the work of interns
  • Minor administrative duties


  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, political science, or public policy, or equivalent work experience in those fields
  • An interest in social welfare policy
  • The ability to write well-structured, readable prose is essential
  • Expertise with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Bonus skills include the ability to conduct regression analyses and a Master’s degree in a public policy related field

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