Policy Lead, Market Shaping Accelerator

The Market Shaping Accelerator at the University of Chicago is led by the world’s leading market shaping scholars including Nobel laureate Michael Kremer (UChicago), Professor and former Chief Economist of the FCDO Rachel Glennerster (UChicago), and Professor Christopher Snyder (Dartmouth). The accelerator aims to identify the most promising areas for market shaping instruments (such as Advance Market Commitments) to incentivize innovations that address pressing global challenges such as climate change and biosecurity. 

Job Description

The Policy Lead will work with Professor Rachel Glennerster and colleagues at the Market Shaping Accelerator to support the development and adoption of high impact market shaping proposals that will incentivize innovations that address climate change, biosecurity, and other pressing global challenges.  

Responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:

  • economic appraisal (including cost-benefit analysis) of market shaping proposals
  • analysis of policy challenges such as climate mitigation, climate adaptation, and pandemic preparedness
  • investigation of technologies such as cooling, improved crop varieties, carbon removal, vaccines
  • collaborating with market shaping proposal advocates, innovators, and funders

Preferred qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Economics or related field
  • 5 years of work experience
  • 4 years in experience in economics and public policy roles
  • Careful understanding of economic incentives and an ability to creatively apply economic principles
  • Curiosity and interest in climate change, biosecurity (including pandemic preparedness)
  • Comfort with uncertainty and willingness to engage in back-of-the-envelope (or Fermi) economic calculations and estimates 
  • Data and spreadsheet skills (e.g. building models for economic and financial appraisal)
  • Excellent analytical and critical-thinking skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously

Working Conditions

  • Extensive domestic travel to Washington, D.C., New York and California. International travel as required.

The University of Chicago supports work authorization for this role.

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