Senior Research Fellow, Economic Freedom

Senior Research Fellow, Economic Freedom

Policy and Research

A well-functioning economy is grounded in the rule of law and allows markets to deliver mutually-beneficial outcomes absent undue government interference and favoritism towards particular businesses and individuals. As an experienced scholar with a solid body of publications in topics related to these issues, you believe this vision is not sufficiently realized in the current economy. Government is increasingly erecting harmful regulatory barriers, interfering with the functioning of private markets, and advancing cronyism and corporate welfare through policies that allow well-connected groups to receive special benefits at the expense of everyone else.

Come join our policy team as we foster a national conversation about economic freedom. As our Senior Research Fellow, you will deploy knowledge of fiscal, tax, and regulatory policy to help promote our vision, develop partnerships, and explore opportunities that advance economic freedom and opportunity for all. Your responsibilities will include driving the strategy behind the policy team’s engagement on these ideas, public representation, as well as, a unique outreach responsibility to identify and maintain relationships with strategic prospects for investments in educational and partnership opportunities.

If you are committed to fostering culture where society is based on voluntary exchange and spontaneous order rather than top-down governmental policies, join us.

Highlights of our Economic Freedom Policy Area:
• Fiscal and Tax Policy: Ensuring limited government such that tax and fiscal policies do not threaten a free economy where economic growth and opportunity are available to all.
• Regulatory Policy: Ensuring that laws and regulations protect individual rights rather than overburden individuals and businesses with undue barriers that reduce innovation, opportunity, and growth.
• Cronyism and Corporate Welfare: Removing government policies that undermine the rule of law and create a two-tier society by providing spending, tax, regulatory, and other preferences to favored businesses and individuals at the expense of others.

Your responsibilities include:
• Help lead formulation of the team’s plans and activities in the economic freedom issue area as well as driving our strategies on cronyism and corporate welfare.
• Drive external partnership and public outreach plans and help lead formulation of the team’s plans and activities in the economic freedom issue area
• Develop and write research and policy reports that will directly contribute to the Institute’s understanding of this critical issue
• Represent the Institute through public speaking engagements at public forums, conferences, and other similar opportunities
• Publish research and opinion pieces in public outlets
• Advise and collaborate across the Institute and key partners to develop strategies which advance Institute goals
• Identify curriculum for educational programs and present lectures and other educational presentations
• Review grant proposals and make recommendations to key decision makers

Required knowledge and skills you bring to the team:
• 10+ years of experience as a scholar with expertise and an established vita on economic freedom issues
• Strong writing and analytical skills
• Strong oral communicator, able to represent the Institute in public forums including seminars, scholarly panels, debates, and in print and broadcast media
• Strategic thinker who understands the key thinkers, leaders and organizations in their field of expertise
• High level of initiative and ability to work independently and in a team setting
• Solid understanding of and passion for individual liberty and classical liberal philosophy
• Entrepreneurial spirit and high sense of urgency

Standout applicants may also bring:
• Graduate level degree in economics, political science or related field, Ph.D. preferred
• Federal or state policy experience preferred

All candidates will be required to submit writing samples and a CV or list of their publications. Examples include substantive research papers, articles, and op-eds.


The Charles Koch Institute is an educational organization focused on the importance of free societies and how they increase well-being for the overwhelming majority of people. Through the Institute’s professional education, research, and training programs, we work to prepare professionals for careers that improve well-being by advancing free societies.

Because here, your life’s work matters.

Employee Benefits

Flexible and fulfilling work arrangements

401k matching

Comprehensive health, vision, and dental benefits

Full spectrum of life and disability insurance

Vacation, sick, and holiday pay

Eight weeks paid primary caregiver leave

Flexible Spending Accounts

Team-building activities

Continual professional training

Company discounts for entertainment, food, travel, sports, and more

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