Innovation Economist

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation – a Washington, DC think tank – has a temporary opening (one year) with the possibility of renewal for additional years for an economist with a research interest in neo-Schumpeterian economics, with a particular focus on the economics of global warming and the role of innovation in addressing it.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Plan and conduct a policy research program focused on the limitations of the conventional neo-classical doctrine in providing effective solutions and the role of innovation and innovation economics in addressing climate change.
  • Write policy reports, blog posts, op eds, and other policy materials on the role of innovation in addressing climate change.
  • Speak at forums and events.
  • Organize policy conferences, roundtables, and other events on the role of innovation in addressing climate change.
  • Engage in outreach to Capitol Hill to help members and staff better understand the role of innovation in climate change.

Qualifications Requirements:

  • A minimum of a Master’s Degree and ideally a Ph.D. in Public Policy or Economics, ideally with a focus on the economics of growth and/or environmental economics.
  • An ability to write for policy audiences and an understanding of the public policy process.
  • Strong understanding of various, competing economic schools of thought, with solid understanding of neo-Schumpeterian economics (e.g., innovation economics, endogenous growth theory, evolutionary economics).
  • Strong understanding of the process of technological innovation.
  • Experience with clean energy technologies is a plus.

ITIF offers a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits, located near Metro. Send resume with cover letter and writing sample to: Director of Personnel, ITIF, 1101 K. Street, NW, Suite 610, Washington, DC, 20005. Fax (202) 638-4922; or email View our website at

ITIF is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy think tank committed to articulating and advancing a pro-productivity, pro-innovation and pro-technology public policy agenda in Washington and the states.

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