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Research Associate (Health Policy)

The Cato Institute seeks qualified candidates for a full-time position located in Washington, D.C. as a research associate specializing in health policy. The ideal candidate will have exceptionally strong research skills; knowledge of economics, health, and entitlement policy; and a commitment to advancing individual liberty in health policy. Successful candidates will be entrepreneurial, hard-working self-starters who want to contribute to a growing policy center.

This role is available through our two-year Research Associate program, where you’ll have the opportunity to learn from senior staff and featured guest lecturers across academia and the business community. With ample opportunities to attend these educational sessions, network with peers and scholars, and gain mentorship from some of the nation’s foremost public policy scholars, you’ll be well prepared to excel as a leader in policy, academia, government, business, and beyond. 

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 a 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.

The Cato Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • Assist scholars with their tasks, projects, and events
  • Conduct general or detailed research as required
  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Edit and fact-check manuscripts

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, political science, or public policy, or equivalent work experience in those fields
  • An interest in health policy
  • Ability to write well-structured, readable prose
  • Expertise with Microsoft Office
  • Bonus skills include the ability to conduct regression analyses and a master’s degree in a related field