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Research Analyst, Economics, Labor Market & Productivity

Position Summary:

The Research Analyst is a professional employee with responsibility for assigned research, writing and other program activity in the Labor Market & Productivity Programs.

Reporting Relationship

The Research Analyst reports to Director, Macroeconomic Research, Economics Program.  As required, he or she may receive day-to-day work assignments from other members of the Economics Program research staff and in particular the senior economist in charge of productivity work.  

Principal Direct Activities

  1. Support in research projects in topics related to macroeconomics, labor economics, productivity and the global economic outlook.
  2. Conduct data analysis using official statistics datasets and household surveys.
  3. Supports the organization, maintenance and the development of The Conference Board Total Economy Database™, and related databases.  Monitors quality of data used in program as well as efficient use.  Develops a familiarity with various international and country data sources, understanding of data limitations.
  4. Responsible for answering general website and telephone inquiries regarding The Conference Board Total Economy Database™, and provides information service either as a result of direct contact or as requested by supervisor.
  5. Supports the production and release of various deliverables on productivity and the Global Economic Outlook, including current analysis and commentary, in a timely manner (meeting all deadlines etc.).
  6. Carries out segments of approved research projects under the direction of the supervising Director or assigned researcher.
  7. Performs statistical and logical analysis of research data using one or more advanced statistical packages, such as STATA, SAS, and/or EViews.
  8. Tabulates data and performs basic statistical and logical analyses of research results.
  9. Maintains knowledge of the principal sources of information pertaining to developments in his/her research areas.  Performs background studies including literature searches.
  10. Other duties as assigned.

Desired Qualification and Requirements

M.A. Economics preferred with an emphasis on macroeconomics, statistics, mathematics, and econometrics.  B.A. Economics (as well as Bachelors or Masters in Statistics, Math) considered if accompanied by strong substantive working experience in economics. The position is data intensive. Natural talent for data analysis and experience with statistical software are essential.

Candidate should be detail-oriented; a responsible independent worker who has the ability to effectively work on many projects simultaneously and meticulously meets deadlines. The candidate must be mature and poised, as this position requires interaction with senior staff of TCB.

Incumbent should have excellent econometric skills, familiarity with macroeconomic data, and solid credentials in macroeconomic analysis as well as strong analytical and quantitative skills, the ability to organize and interpret data, and strong attention to details.  Ability to master and use advanced statistical packages (for example, STATA, SAS and Eviews etc.) is essential. Programming and/or database management experience preferred.  Incumbent must also be able to work well in a team environment, work well under pressure, and meet deadlines.  

Overall this position requires a solid background in economic theory and research, econometrics/statistics, and strong writing and communication skills.