Chief Economist

Hoboken, NJ
Economics
Full-time
At Basis, our aim is to innovate on monetary systems by marrying concepts from traditional monetary theory with the new primitives offered by cryptocurrency. We are developing a cryptocurrency designed to be stable in price that can scale to become its own independent monetary system. If Basis is successful, we think it can provide a reliable medium of exchange to anyone with an internet connection, and, ideally, bring unprecedented levels of accountability to the developing world. Basis is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, Stan Druckenmiller, Kevin Warsh, Bain Capital Ventures, Lightspeed, Foundation Capital, and others.

We are currently hiring a Chief Economist to help us build the monetary system of the future.

He/she will:

    • Serve as an internal and external expert on monetary policy, from its history to its implementation in various economies around the world.
    • Identify meaningful similarities and differences between the Basis mechanism (sketched in our white paper) and monetary systems that exist or have existed in the past. He/she will then use this insight to help us shape the monetary system of the future.
    • Analyze and write about the long-term impact of a mechanism like Basis being widely used throughout the global economy.
    • Analyze and write about real economies around the world to help us understand how Basis might be used in each.
    • Contribute to designing the rules and algorithms that will form our monetary policy and help ensure price stability.

Requirements:

    • Strong educational background in economics from top universities, with a PhD in economics or a closely related field. PhD is strongly preferred but not required.
    • Rigorous and meticulous problem solving ability; highly logical and analytical while still being creative and conceptual.
    • Excellent communication ability with an extensive track record of publication, both academic and otherwise. The ideal candidate will be equally comfortable communicating with academics, representatives of central banks and governments, and the general public.
    • Extensive knowledge of monetary systems and monetary theory. Deep understanding of economic history, and also of the monetary and fiscal mechanisms and structures used by countries around the world (currently and historically).
    • Deep understanding of macroeconomics required. Familiarity with quantitative finance preferred but not required.