Associate Economist
Advertiser: Economic Innovation Group
Field(s) of specialization: Development; Growth - Labor; Demographic Economics - Urban; Rural; Regional Economics - Political Economy
Position type(s): Other nonacademic
Location of job: 1307 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Degree required: Doctorate
Job start date: Flexible
Job duration: Continuing/permanent
Application deadline: 31 Jan 2024 midnight UTC (no longer accepting applications)
Current search status: Reviewing applications
Posting end date: 31 Jan 2024
Interviews: Interviews will be conducted remotely by video
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About EIG

The Economic Innovation Group (EIG) is a bipartisan public policy organization dedicated to forging a more dynamic and inclusive American economy. Headquartered in Washington, DC, EIG produces nationally recognized research and works with policymakers to develop solutions that empower workers, entrepreneurs, and communities.

About the Role

EIG is seeking an Associate Economist to elevate its efforts to forge a more dynamic American economy. This role offers an ambitious early-to-mid-career research professional a chance to accelerate their development in a position that requires initiative, creativity, and a commitment to excellence.

Applicants must have a PhD in Economics or related fields (including Geography or Economic Geography), two (2) years of relevant professional research and writing experience in academia, government, and/or the private sector, advanced quantitative and qualitative analytic capabilities, and the ability to communicate complex issues concisely and effectively to a wide range of audiences in written and oral form. Exemplary candidates will bring deep expertise in EIG’s key issue areas, have a varied portfolio of published work, and will be passionate about harnessing their research to effect meaningful policy change.

The Associate Economist will report to EIG’s Director for Research and will work both independently and collaboratively with supervisors and teammates. The position will interface closely with EIG’s policy, executive, and communications teams, and will perform the following duties (percentages are approximate):

40% Quantitative and qualitative economic and public policy research

  • Manage, process, and analyze large datasets.
  • Conduct statistical analysis in Stata or equivalent and spatial analysis in ArcGIS or equivalent.
  • Analyze studies, methods, policies and proposals across multiple issue areas.
  • Read, review, and build upon related research across relevant fields.

40% Research and policy writing

  • Independently and jointly devise, contribute to, and produce reports, papers, policy memos, briefs, blogs, commentary, and social media content that translate data insights into actionable policy recommendations in EIG’s core issue areas and tailored to different audiences.

10% Economic data visualization

  • Utilize data visualization software to bring data to life, including through maps.
  • Train in new software and capabilities as needed.

10% Outreach and network management

  • Liaise directly with outside stakeholders to share EIG data and insights and build the organization’s network among key constituencies.
  • Respond to stakeholder, policymaker, and media requests for data and information as needed.


  • Approximately 1-2 years prior work experience in research, business, or government.
  • A PhD in a relevant field (e.g. economics, finance, geography, or public policy).
  • Demonstrated excellence in methods of quantitative analysis; proficiency in processing and maintaining large datasets; familiarity with datasets from federal statistical agencies; experience using microdata.
  • Expertise in at least one statistical software program such as R, STATA, or Python.
  • Demonstrated excellence in creative data analysis and visualization, GIS/mapping skills are preferred.
  • Additional unique digital skills (e.g. programming; web-scraping or unstructured dataset creation) that expand our capacity are welcomed.
  • Keen attention to detail and demonstrated ability to take initiative and manage multiple competing priorities in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.
  • Interest in and familiarity with policy demonstrated through prior work experience.
  • Deeply inquisitive about policy and economics demonstrated in past work, interests, passions, and other associations.


Applicants should email their resume, cover letter, a relevant writing sample, and data visualization to with the subject line “Associate Economist”.

Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. EIG provides generous health care and retirement benefits and a generous paid time off and holiday schedule. Please note: This position is based in Washington, DC. This is a hybrid position that combines regular in-person presence at our Washington, D.C. office with the option of two days of remote work each week.

EIG is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, gender, gender identity, parental or pregnancy status, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or Veteran status.

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