American Institutes for Research

Health Economist - AEA Conference

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Established in 1946, with headquarters in Crystal City, Virginia, AIR is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research on important social issues and delivers technical assistance and capacity building services domestically and internationally in health, social development, education, and workforce to a growing roster of clients and partners. Our mission is to generate and use rigorous evidence that contributes to a better, more equitable world.


The Health Economist conducts policy-related research and evaluation studies in the areas of domestic health care program evaluation and research, including such topic areas as Medicare, Medicaid, and other public health insurance programs; aging and long-term care; health plan performance and quality measurement; health information technology; and comparative effectiveness analysis.  


  • Researching and supporting innovative delivery and financing approaches intended to improve quality of care, patient satisfaction, and health care efficiency.
  • Developing consumer transparency tools such as a cost calculator that enables people with chronic conditions to determine out-of-pocket expenses when purchasing insurance.
  • Collecting and analyzing large data sets.
  • Performing policy analysis.
  • Developing case studies.
  • Writing technical reports and proposals.
  • Making presentations to government clients.
  • Supervising and mentoring junior research staff.


  • Ph.D. (or other advanced degree) in economics, public policy, or a related social science field;
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative skills;
  • Experience conducting mixed-methods evaluation;
  • Experience and knowledge of experimental and quasi-experimental design;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex technical material orally and in writing to non-academic audiences; and
  • Previous internship or work experience conducting applied policy related research for federal or state agencies, although not required will be heavily weighted;
  • Must be available to start employment by May/June, 2022.

To receive full consideration, please submit resume and/or CV directly through AIR’s career portal.  Cover letter, samples of written work and/or job market paper, and two letters of recommendations should be submitted through JOE.  All application materials referenced above are due November 30th by 5:00 pm, ET. 


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.


AIR adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. 




AIR COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Notice: AIR requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive a legally required exemption from AIR, as a condition of employment.  AIR will ask candidates to verify their vaccination status only after a conditional offer of employment is made.  Applicants should not provide information about their vaccination status or need for exemption prior to receiving a conditional offer of employment from AIR.


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