Senior Staff Housing Economist



United States
Posted on Friday, March 17, 2023

Airbnb was born in 2007 when two Hosts welcomed three guests to their San Francisco home, and has since grown to over 4 million Hosts who have welcomed more than 1 billion guest arrivals in almost every country across the globe. Every day, Hosts offer unique stays and experiences that make it possible for guests to connect with communities in a more authentic way.

The Role:

Airbnb is hiring a Senior Staff Housing Economist to join our Economics and Policy Data Science team and lead our housing research program. Candidates should have a sound empirical background, demonstrated expertise in housing & real estate research, and a hunger to work on topics that are both at the cutting edge of economic policy and in the public eye.

The position offers the ability to enact meaningful policy change, both within Airbnb and in communities across the world. As a result, the role requires working closely with the public policy, communications, legal teams, and other cross-functional partners throughout the organization, as well as the many data scientists and economists in the same parent data science group.

The scope of work includes high-impact topics including housing and rental prices, taxation, economic impact and spillover, relationship to the overall hospitality industry, as well as topics more broadly related to the design of the Airbnb marketplace.

A Typical Day:

An example project might be to study the business impact of a proposed regulation on Airbnb guest/host activity, and to deeply understand the housing market in local municipalities. This might involve becoming familiar with the literature on short-term rentals and housing, identifying related regulations and performing historical analyses, building models that make use of past signals and current market data, scaling the work so that it can apply to numerous markets over different time periods, and concisely summarizing and communicating results to a broad audience.

An ideal outcome for a project would include action taken as a result of the research, internal learning codified via an internal technical paper and (where appropriate), a public report that is rigorous yet digestible by a non-academic audience, or an academic publication.

Your Expertise:

  • Advanced degree in a quantitative field. PhD is a plus.
  • Ideal candidate has at least 12 years of post-graduate research or industry experience.
  • Ability to operate independently and drive their own agenda, but also work well with the team and partners throughout the organization.
  • Ability to perform complex strategic analysis.
  • Knowledge of and ability to perform econometric modeling.
  • Knowledge of tools including: R, GIS/Geographic Data, SQL, Data Visualization tools, Excel
  • Communication, Teamwork, and Project Management.

Your Location:

This position is US - Remote Eligible. The role may include occasional work at an Airbnb office or attendance at offsites, as agreed to with your manager. Airbnb,Inc. can employ in states where we have registered entities. Currently, employees can not be located in: Alaska, Indiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Delaware and Rhode Island. This list is continuously evolving and being updated, please check back with us if the state you live in is on the exclusion list. If your position is employed by another Airbnb entity, your recruiter will inform you what states you are eligible to work from.

Our Commitment To Inclusion & Belonging:

Airbnb is committed to working with the broadest talent pool possible. We believe diverse ideas foster innovation and engagement, and allow us to attract creatively-led people, and to develop the best products, services and solutions. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

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How We'll Take Care of You:

Our job titles may span more than one career level. The actual base pay is dependent upon many factors, such as: training, transferable skills, work experience, business needs and market demands. The base pay range is subject to change and may be modified in the future. This role may also be eligible for bonus, equity, benefits, and Employee Travel Credits.

Pay Range
$220,000$270,000 USD