The Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) is a bipartisan nonprofit organization, including U.S. manufacturers, family farm groups, and concerned citizens. Our core mission is centered around working for new and positive US trade and economic policies that deliver prosperity and security to America, its citizens, farms, factories and working people. We believe America can provide good jobs for workers, affordable goods for consumers, opportunities for farms and manufacturers and a clean environment without compromising our national sovereignty and security.


The Economist will work with the CPA Chief Economist in researching, developing, and writing reports, working papers, and articles that support the development of post-neoliberal trade and industrial policies for the U.S. economy generally and for CPA’s manufacturing members. CPA’s comprehensive and objective economic analysis is highly respected by the members of Congress of both parties and senior administration officials as well as academics. CPA economic analysis combines economic theory, real-world data, and the business experience of our members to develop a unique perspective on international trade and economic growth and influence practical strategic action in policy. Our policy research work with Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) models won the 2019 Mennis Award from the National Association for Business Economics. The ideal candidate will have excellent economic analysis skills with the ability to find, compile, analyze, and present data. The candidate should be a self starter with the ability to manage his/her time during the day, research and write articles on his/her own, communicate well orally, and work as part of an interactive team. It is important for the candidate to both understand and be willing to challenge mainstream economic thinking through research and analysis.


• Conduct research and analysis of trade and industry trends in the U.S. economy and their effect on the labor market, investment, growth, and income distribution.

• Present to congressional staff and other political actors on our economic findings.

• Conduct investigative research to assess the structure and trends in industrial sectors.

• Determine how policy choices would impact those sectors in terms of employment, price,

• capital expenditures, profit, and other parameters. Clearly convey your findings in writing.

• Develop industry-specific projects to highlight challenges and solutions in key industries, including traditional manufacturing, high-tech manufacturing, agriculture, and industries of the future.

• Develop comfort and confidence with key U.S. and international databases that provide employment and national income accounts, employment, and industrial data.

• Learn and engage in economic modeling to determine the impact of trade agreements and other policy choices on the U.S. economy

• Regularly update key data sets and indexes published by CPA on trade, employment, and industrial reshoring.

• Write research articles that clearly present data and analysis for multiple audiences.

• Run simulations of various scenarios on econometric models.

• Support the Chief Economist and take the initiative in reporting and commenting on government statistical news releases such as trade and employment data.

• Respond to member inquiries on data, research, and policy.



• Bachelor’s degree in economics required. Master’s degree, J.D., M.B.A. preferred.

• Excellent research, analytical, and writing skills. Strong attention to detail. Must be particularly skilled at gathering and presenting information in a clear, concise, and simple manner to persuade target audiences of varying political/ideological backgrounds.

• Previous research and writing experience required.

• Excellent time management skills and maturity to maintain a professional and productive workday in a remote work environment.

• Good project and staff management skills along with a proven ability to manage projects through completion, on-time and within budget.

• Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment, to organize multiple and varied assignments, and to work both independently and collaboratively with a team.



Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Interested candidates should submit a resume, salary requirements, and cover letter along with references to prothfeld@prosperousamerica.org. Only candidates who are being actively considered will be contacted. CPA is an equal opportunity employer.