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The Manhattan Institute (MI) is a community of scholars, journalists, activists, and civic leaders who are united by a shared commitment to advancing economic opportunity, individual liberty, and the rule of law in America and its great cities. MI is independent, creative, and bold, and we are hiring a like-minded Economic Policy Analyst to work closely with renowned economist and MI Senior Fellow Roland Fryer. 

Professor Fryer’s work at MI is focused on popularizing the policy-related findings of his academic research. Through written commentary, speaking engagements, media appearances, and policy research, Fryer is committed to sharing empirically-grounded ideas for improving education, public safety, economic opportunity, and social mobility in the United States. The Economic Policy Analyst will work with Fryer on opinion pieces, remarks, and policy briefs. In addition to supporting Fryer’s writing projects for MI, the Policy Analyst will – as time permits – have opportunities to work with other MI fellows and to pursue his or her own writing projects.  

Required qualifications

  • College degree
  • Strong writer and editor with experience writing and/or editing for reputable outlets
  • Familiarity with economics and social sciences, with an ability to clearly communicate academic research findings to non-experts
  • Ability to persuasively communicate policy ideas to audiences across the political spectrum
  • Familiarity with MI policy priorities and the work of MI fellows – particularly the work of Roland Fryer – along with a keen interest in supporting and extending this work
  • Comfortable with creative friction, willing to mix it up over project ideas and push back on perceived weaknesses or missed opportunities in written work

Preferred qualifications

  • Advanced degree in relevant field
  • Ability to work with and analyze data


MI offers generous benefits, including a hybrid work environment, four weeks paid vacation, a Summer Fridays program, paid paternity/maternity leave, medical and dental coverage, medical and dependent care FSA, mental health benefits, remote medicine, paid company cell phone, life insurance, and a 401(k) with a company-funded match.  MI staff also benefit from the opportunity to collaborate and socialize with prominent scholars in our policy space.

To apply, please fill out the form below.  Be sure to include:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter explaining your interest in MI and working with Professor Fryer
  • Writing sample: please include an op-ed length policy commentary or links to previously published commentary public policy.  You can either include a link to the writing sample or append it to your cover letter.
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