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International Taxation Economist, Penn Wharton Budget Model (Hybrid-Eligible)

Company: University of Pennsylvania
Location: Philadelphia
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

University Overview
The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.
Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.
The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.
COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for all positions at the University of Pennsylvania. New hires are expected to be fully vaccinated before beginning work at the University. For more information about Penn's vaccine requirements, visit the Penn COVID-19 Response website ( for the latest information.
Posted Job Title
International Taxation Economist, Penn Wharton Budget Model (Hybrid-Eligible)
Job Profile Title
Job Description Summary
The Penn Wharton Budget Model (PWBM) is a non-partisan, research-based initiative that provides accurate and transparent economic analysis of public policy. As the honest broker operating at the intersection of public policy and innovative economics modeling, PWBM does not make policy recommendations. PWBM's work is widely cited and has been influential in many key recent policy discussions, including Covid relief packages, climate investments, tax reform, infrastructure, education, paid family leave, Social Security, health care and many other areas.
PWBM has a staff opening for a new or experienced economist with interests in public economics and international macroeconomics. This position builds general equilibrium dynamic models of the economy for analyzing problems in international economics. These include models of international capital flows and taxation that study the behavior of multinational corporations and the effects of changes to international tax laws, and overlapping-generations (OLG) models that examine the effects of alternative tax and spending policies. Staff economists are encouraged to publish their research findings in professional journals. A PhD in Economics is required.
Staff positions at the Penn Wharton Budget Model are funded by external gifts and grants. This position is contingent on continued funding and is for a period of three years and renewable at the discretion of the faculty director.
More information about the existing team and projects can be found here:
Job Description

  • Build models of international economics to estimate the effects of international tax policy on budgetary outcomes (government revenues and costs) and various economic variables.

  • Analyze data to test the effectiveness of current policies.

  • Work with the team to create, update, extend, and calibrate large scale economic/financial models.

  • Generate reports related to public policy in areas such as tax reform, immigration, education, and the environment.

  • Oversee, direct, and train junior research staff.

  • Engage with external stakeholders such as federal agencies and lawmakers.


    • A PhD in Economics and 2-3 years of relevant experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience, is required but ABD candidates expecting a doctorate in 2023 are encouraged to apply.

    • Concentrations in public economics and/or international macroeconomics preferred.

    • Passion for using data and economic models to study policy issues.

    • Experience using economic models to study how households and businesses change their decisions under a new policy.

    • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.

    • Ability to effectively work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.

      Anticipated starting salary is $126,000 - $171,000, commensurate with experience.
      Application Instructions:
      Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, job market/research paper, and three letters of recommendation. Letters should be sent directly to
      JEL Classifications

      • H -- Public Economics

      • F -- International Economics


        • Public economics

        • International taxation

        • International macroeconomics

        • International economics

        • Public policy

        • Policy analysis

          Job Location - City, State
          Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
          Hybrid Eligible - This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule with a work week divided between working onsite and working remotely.
          Department / School
          Wharton School
          Pay Range
          $115,385.00 - $165,128.33
          Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.
          Affirmative Action Statement Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.
          Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
          University Benefits

          • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts : Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.

          • Tuition : Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits . You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.

          • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.

          • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.

          • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.

          • Wellness and Work-life Resources : Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.

          • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.

          • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.

          • Discounts and Special Services : From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.

          • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.

          • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.

          • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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            The University of Pennsylvania's special character is reflected in the diversity of the Penn community. We seek talented faculty and staff who will constitute a vibrant community that draws on the strength that comes with a substantive institutional commitment to diversity along dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, veteran status, interests, perspectives, and socioeconomic status. Grounded in equal opportunity, nondiscrimination, and affirmative action, Penn's robust commitment to diversity is fundamental to the University's mission of advancing knowledge, educating leaders for all sectors of society, and public service. The University of Pennsylvania prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

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