JOE Listings (Job Openings for Economists)

August 1, 2020 - January 31, 2021

American Institutes for Research (AIR)

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Workforce Development
Labor Economist

JOE ID Number: 2020-02_111466380
Date Posted: 12/30/2020
Date Inactive: 01/31/2021
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Labor Economist
Section: Full-Time Nonacademic
Locations: Arlington, Virginia, UNITED STATES
Rockville, Maryland, UNITED STATES
Chicago, Illinois, UNITED STATES
Waltham, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES
Austin, Texas, UNITED STATES
JEL Classifications:
J0 -- General
J1 -- Demographic Economics
J7 -- Labor Discrimination
J2 -- Demand and Supply of Labor
J3 -- Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs
J6 -- Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers
J4 -- Particular Labor Markets
J8 -- Labor Standards: National and International
Labor economics
Labor economist
Quantitative research
Propensity scores
Regression discontinuity
Fixed effects
Instrumental variables
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The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is currently seeking an Economic Researcher to join our growing Workforce Development program area. Ideal candidates should possess (or are expecting) their PhD with a concentration in labor economics or a related field. Candidates will have the opportunities to work in the areas of employment and public policy, job training and unemployment support, wage determination and equity, and other issues related to human capital formation in the context of labor supply and demand. This position can be remote or located out of one of AIR's U.S. offices.

- Identifying and implementing appropriate empirical approaches to answer policy-relevant research questions.
- Developing conceptual frameworks and study designs that guide the execution of research projects.
- Collecting, managing, and working with large-scale data files for research, including administrative data sets and complex surveys commonly for research on labor, training, and education topics.
- Applying appropriate quantitative data analysis techniques, including methods appropriate for experimental, quasi-experimental, and descriptive research.
- Organizing and documenting research procedures and analytic results.
- Preparing research reports and journal articles, and presenting findings to clients, professional associations and the public.
- Assisting with development and writing of new research proposals in response to specific requests from funders or for investigator-initiated grant opportunities.
- Mentoring research analysts, sharing approaches to solving concrete problems, and providing feedback on the work of others.
- Managing or leading projects or research tasks, with assumption of greater responsibility over time.
Serving as primary contact with funders for analytical or statistical expertise.

- A Ph.D. in economics with expertise in labor economics or a related field of microeconomics, with demonstrated proficiency in applied econometrics or statistics.
- Capacity to work effectively as part of a research teams in an interdisciplinary setting.
- Able to apply advanced statistical methods, and able to effectively engage with non-technical audiences about these methods.
- Highly proficient in Stata, R, or a related programming language, and open to learning new statistical tools as required by different projects.
- Knowledge or experience with the analysis of large-scale data files, and the design of experiments and quasi-experiments.
- Prior quantitative research on policy-relevant topics using methods such as propensity scores, regression discontinuity, fixed effects, differences-in-differences, and/or instrumental variables.
- Strong communication skills to support publication and presentation of research results for both academic and policy audiences.

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Application deadline: 07/31/2021
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