Senior Regional Economist

Location: Santa Monica, CA
Department: Center for Regional Economics


The Milken Institute is looking for a well-established economist who has strong experience both writing and speaking publically in the field of regional economics.  This role will act as a principal spokesperson for the Institute on several high profile key issues. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in econometrics, and have experience in effectively communicating complex concepts to figures in both the business and policy communities.   He or she will have experience initiating, designing, conducting, writing and coordinating, in-depth independent quantitative and qualitative economic research. The ideal candidate will have high profile relevant experience in regional economics and related fields with direct experience in econometric modeling and statistics.  He or she should ideally have a focus on regional and/or urban economics, including such areas as technology-based economic development, labor economics, and public policy. This role will report to the Executive Director of Regional Economics.


  • Develop and lead new reports and initiatives in regional economic research focused on areas of technology-based economic development, human capital development, and regional competitiveness.
  • Provide oversight, mentoring and direction to in depth research by the center, including editing and review of work by junior staff, and guiding the professional development of their skill sets.
  • Develop and act as the principal author on innovative regional economic research intended to inform and impact policy leaders on a regional, state, national and even international level.
  • Analyze data and model economic outcomes to support primary research, and translate those outcomes into both research papers and public presentations.
  • Publicly speak on main areas of specialization at Milken Institute conferences and summits, as well as engage with media and policy leaders on areas directly covered by the research.


  • Experience in fields relevant to regional economics, including a mixture of academia, private sector work, and at think tanks.
  • Minimum of a master’s degree (Ph.D. strongly preferred) with a degree in economics or a related field, and expertise in relevant areas, particularly labor economics, regional economic development, and technology-based development.  
  • Extensive experience with econometrics and data modeling, and the ability to effectively convey findings both in written and spoken communications to a non-academic audience.
  • Strong, clear, and concise writer, with experience making presentations to senior officials in the public and private sector.
  • Prior experience managing research projects and producing high-quality written output.
  • Relationships to a network of peers and experts able to advise and amplify the Institute’s regional economics research. 

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.