March 21, 2024

Trade Policy Analyst

Cato Institute
March 20, 2024
Washington, DC, United States of America
Job Type


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 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 free people, it is the indispensable framework for the future.

Cato Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

About the Role

The Cato Institute is seeking a full-time Trade Policy Analyst in Washington, DC to join and complement their effective team of researchers. The Policy Analyst will be responsible for analyzing international trade policy in the United States, with particular focus on the economics of tariffs, nontariff barriers, subsidies, industrial policy, and trade balances. Their analyses will be published in multiple formats including policy analyses to working papers, op-eds, blog posts, white papers, and others. 

The Trade Policy Analyst will report directly to the Director of the Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies. The ideal candidate will have at least two years of experience in economics, policy, or research with a strong grasp of international economics and U.S. international trade policy. The successful candidate will be highly productive, entrepreneurial, creative, committed to free and open trade, and able to work well in a team that specializes in a range of U.S. trade policy and international law topics. 

The Institute is currently offering a hybrid remote work schedule with 3 days remote and 2 days in-office per week. It’s important for this individual to live in the Washington, DC area, no exceptions. Compensation is competitive and will be based on the experience and skills of the successful candidate.


  • Produce studies, original empirical research, op-eds, blog posts, and social media content that address relevant trade policy issues from an economic perspective. This will be done individually as well as in collaboration with other Cato scholars.
  • Make presentations to audiences, participate in panel discussions, and make media appearances related to trade policy.
  • Organize policy forums, other events, and educate policy makers on the economics of trade.
  • Commission and edit studies from outside experts on the economics of trade.


  • Must have at least two years of experience in economics, policy, or research. 
  • Must have an understanding of U.S. international trade policy.
  • Must have a strong grasp of international economics and general economic concepts.
  • Must have strong quantitative skills, including experience with the latest econometric methods and familiarity with software packages or programming languages used for data analysis (such as Stata, R, Python, MATLAB, etc.).
  • Must have the ability to work on multiple tasks independently and as part of a highly collaborative team on a time-sensitive basis, a commitment to accuracy, and creativity in making innovative arguments for trade liberalization.
  • Must be able to participate in events on occasion, including conferences and webinars.
  • Must have strong writing and communication skills.
  • Must be comfortable presenting to various audiences in-person or virtually. 
  • Must have a strong commitment to Cato’s values.
  • Advanced degree in economics or other social sciences is preferred.

To Apply
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials (in order) in one PDF document:

  • Cover letter detailing your expertise in international economic and trade policy, your philosophical interest in the organization, why the position interests you, and your salary requirements
  • Résumé
  • Two representative research products or writing samples that must show your economic skills (research reports, working papers, peer-reviewed articles, dissertations, data memos, blog posts, etc.)

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link:

Questions can be directed to Lydia Ocampo, Outreach Manager at Talent Market, who is managing the search process: [email protected].

There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled.

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide consulting and recruiting services at no cost to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that clearly and directly focus on advancing the principles of economic freedom, free enterprise, free trade, free speech, property rights, rule of law, and limited regulation.

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