JOE Listings (Job Openings for Economists)

August 1, 2015 - January 31, 2016

Institute for Defense Analyses

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Cost Analysis & Research Division AND Strategy, Forces, and Resources Division

JOE ID Number: 2015-02_111453908
Date Posted: 10/01/2015
Date Inactive: 12/31/2015
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Economist
Section: Full-Time Nonacademic
Location: Alexandria, Virginia, UNITED STATES
JEL Classifications:
C4 -- Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics
I -- Health, Education, and Welfare
J -- Labor and Demographic Economics
All JEL; labor economics, microeconomics, health economics
Full Text of JOE Listing:

The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a non-profit corporation supporting the Department of Defense and other federal government agencies with applied economics and multi-disciplinary research. IDA researchers support senior defense officials by applying economic theory to issues on National Security policy and resource management. This ranges from applying proven tools to new problems and data, to developing new models, to generating new theory. Recent examples include: the development of an econometric model for forecasting the supply of military recruits; assessments of the DoD health care incentives -- a $65B/year program; development and enhancement of parametric models to forecast major weapon system costs like the Joint Strike Fighter with an expected total program cost of $233B; an assessment of the variation in Department of Veterans Affairs benefits across states; development of a stochastic model to analyze the ability of alternative force structures to address an uncertain future; hedonic analysis to correct for quality differences in calculating price indices for fighter aircraft; evaluation of alternative policies for meeting the demand for strategic materials that might be hard to get in wartime.

IDA takes great pride in the high caliber and timeliness of its analyses, which are produced in an atmosphere that encourages independent thinking and objective results. Work at IDA is conducted in a team environment and often involves a multi-disciplinary approach with physicists, engineers, and other social scientists. Researchers work closely with and are in frequent contact with government sponsors. Consequently, strong communications skills will be greatly valued.

IDA has openings for highly qualified PhD economists to join its growing team, specifically in applied economics (including labor economics, public economics, industrial organization, and mechanism design). We will consider job market candidates preparing to graduate, recent graduates, and mid-career individuals. Applicants must have demonstrated research excellence, and a strong interest in applied research. Applicants must have demonstrated superior skill in quantitative, econometric, statistical, or computational methods.

US Citizenship is required. Applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Interested candidates must follow a 2 step process and apply on-line to BOTH:

1) Please apply and upload a resume (with GPA) and cover letter to the Economist posting on the IDA website at


2) Apply (through JOE system) to this job posting and submit a CV, three letters of recommendation, unofficial transcripts, and your job market paper (abstract and full copy are required).

Application Requirements:
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Job Market Paper
  • Letters of Reference
  • CV
Application deadline: 07/31/2016
  • Application Deadline Has Passed