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Housing Economist

In San Francisco, California

Apartment List has become known and respected for our research into rental trends, including affordability, renter satisfaction, and homeownership. Our data is top-notch, and has been featured in publications like The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, and CityLab. Come join us as we establish a market leading reputation as housing market experts and advocates for renters across the US.

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Housing Economist

In San Francisco, California
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  • You have a Master’s degree or Ph.D. in economics, urban planning, public policy, or a related field
  • You have a genuine interest in the built environment and in social and economic issues that relate to it, such as the state of the housing and rental markets and their relationship to demographics, to the labor market and to people’s well-being. Interest in mapping, urban geography or city planning is a plus
  • You have have excellent analytical skills, including experience working with statistical packages or languages (e.g. Stata, SAS, Python, R)
  • You are excited about new challenges and willing to dive into the weeds of economic analysis and policy issues
  • You can communicate complex ideas effectively, verbally and in writing
  • You are detail-oriented and have excellent project management skills


  • Produce compelling public-facing research on the topics related to the residential rental market, using Apartment List’s proprietary rent data as well as other relevant data sources, in order to cement our position as thought leaders in the industry
  • Work with Apartment List’s industry leading datasets (e.g., rent estimates, renter survey), including evaluating and implementing ongoing enhancements to our methodology and producing research to support the validity and reliability of our data
  • Gain exposure for our research by building relationships with journalists, policy experts, and other influencers
  • Collaborate effectively with other members of the research team to achieve ambitious goals

About Us

On the surface, building a great renter experience might not sound hard, but it is. Think about all the things that have to be right: gathering detailed data from millions of apartments of all types; matching those apartments with the millions of renters searching; and communicating with landlords when those renters decide they’ve found their perfect next home.

Getting this right is more important now than ever before. Today there are 100 million renters in the US, more than there have ever been and growing.

Our mission is simple, we want renters to be able to find a great home and we want that process to be simple and delightful. In one word, we want their experience and apartment search to be extraordinary.

The extraordinary experience we are building is loved by renters and landlords. In fact, four million Renters used Apartment List last month, 75% of them on mobile. Each month more and more renters are signing their lease thanks to Apartment List.

We recently just raised $30M in our series B to accelerate our growth - think you’re up to the challenge? Check out the team and learn more about us. If you’re game, apply now.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.