American Institutes for Research

Health Economist (AEA Conference)

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AIR is recruiting Health Economist to join our established team of health economists working on domestic policy issues in our Health Division. Must be available to start employment by June, 2023. Health Economist work collaboratively with other team members to conduct policy-relevant research and evaluation studies focused on domestic health care programs. Typical tasks include data management; mixed-methods methodological design; specification of econometric models; programming claims data analysis; interpreting findings; writing reports; proposal writing.


We conduct healthcare program evaluation studies, support the operations of alternative payment models, and analyze various financial and quality measures. Our project portfolio spans across federal agencies, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), MedPAC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), among others. AIR is committed to supporting the professional development of our staff. We have in-house data and funds to support internal research that advances our mission. We also support the publication of dissertation thesis for new PhDs with covered time.


Candidates hired for the position might initially start working remotely but will eventually have the option to work from one of our U.S. office locations or continue to work remotely based in the U.S.


About AIR:


Established in 1946, with headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, AIR is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance to solve some of the most urgent challenges in the U.S. and around the world. We advance evidence in the areas of education, health, the workforce, human services, and international development to create a better, more equitable world.



AIR’s commitment to diversity goes beyond legal compliance to its full integration in our strategy, operations, and work environment. At AIR, we define diversity broadly, considering everyone’s unique life and community experiences. We believe that embracing diverse perspectives, abilities/disabilities, racial/ethnic and cultural backgrounds, styles, ages, genders, gender identities and expressions, education backgrounds, and life stories drives innovation and employee engagement. Learn more about AIR's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy and hear from our staff by clicking here.


The responsibilities for the position include:

  • Researching and supporting innovative delivery and payment models intended to improve quality of care, enhance patient satisfaction, and reduce healthcare costs
  • Analyzing large data sets including Medicare and Medicaid claims data
  • Conducting quantitative analyses
  • Writing technical reports and proposals
  • Making presentations to government clients
  • Supervising and mentoring junior research staff
  • Foster an environment that embraces diverse perspectives, abilities, racial/ethnic and cultural backgrounds, ages, gender identities and expressions, educational experiences, and life stories 


Education, Knowledge, and Experience:

  • Ph.D. (or other advanced degree) in economics, public policy, or a related social science field
  • Experience and knowledge of experimental and quasi-experimental designs
  • Previous internship or work experience conducting applied policy related research for federal or state agencies but not required 


  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex technical material orally and in writing to non-academic audiences


Application Instructions:

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 by December 9, 2022 by 5:00 PM, ET. Must be available to start employment by June, 2023.




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


Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the U.S. on a full-time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship (including H-1B sponsorship) is not available for this position. Depending on project work, qualified candidates may need to meet certain residency requirements.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of age, 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.


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