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Economists at the Census Bureau conduct independent economic research using the high quality and detailed business and household microdata collected by the agency. Many of our papers published in professional journals and presented at various conferences feature analyses using internal files that are unavailable to researchers outside the Census Bureau.

What We Do

Relevant research topics include:

  • Industrial organization, productivity, trade, entrepreneurship, innovation
  • Employment activity, workers, market dynamics
  • Income, assets, poverty, program participation, health and disability
  • Housing, family, education, migration


In order to qualify for a federal economist position, you must have a degree in economics that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus; or a combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major in economics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

  • While Ph.D.s are preferred, advanced Ph.D. candidates completing their dissertations are also encouraged to apply
  • U.S. citizenship is required
  • Experience with administrative, household-, firm-, and/or industry-level data is highly desirable
  • Data manipulation and analysis

How To Apply

We will recruit at the 2021 American Economic Association meetings. If you are interested in meeting with us, please see the Census Bureau listing in Job Openings for Economists.

In December, interested candidates should search for open economist positions on USAJobs to formally apply for the position.


Positions are subject to budgetary approval; the Census Bureau is an equal opportunity employer.


Look for Census Bureau tweets about the stages of our hiring process #EJMinfo


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