Research Economist - Wellbeing
Advertiser: Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science
Field(s) of specialization: Econometrics - Public Economics
Position type(s): Postdoctoral Scholar
Location of job: Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE, United Kingdom
Degree required: Doctorate
Job start date: Flexible
Job duration: 2 years
Letters of reference required: 3
Target date for applications: 14 Jan 2023
Current search status: Search suspended/canceled
Posting end date: 15 Jan 2023
Interviews: Interviews will be conducted remotely by video starting January, 2023.
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Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) at LSE

Research Economist

Salary From £38,313 to £46,148 per annum inclusive with potential to progress to £49,614 pa inclusive of London allowance

This is a fixed term appointment for 2 years

The Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) is seeking to appoint a post-doctoral Research Economist for a two-year period to work on the wellbeing cost-effectiveness of major policy options open to government. Together with our team, you will evaluate the impacts of policy options on the wellbeing of all those affected in the population, work out their costs, and calculate their relative cost-effectiveness. This will involve reviewing literature, conducting original research on the causal effects of different policies on wellbeing, interpreting government budgets, and using all these to conduct cost-effectiveness analyses.

The project will be led by Dr Christian Krekel and Professor Lord Richard Layard, and will be assisted by an Advisory Board chaired by Lord Gus O’Donnell (former UK Cabinet Secretary). The project will lead to a high-profile published report, in which the successful candidate will be a co-author, as well as published journal articles. The successful candidate will play a major role in the planning, design, and implementation of the project, and will also be involved in the Centre’s work on wellbeing differences across geographical areas. The role holder will have sufficient time to develop a research agenda of their own within the context of the Centre’s work programme, and there will be plenty of opportunity to collaborate with other researchers in the Centre and the wider LSE.

The Research Economist should have a PhD in Economics or a closely related quantitative social science discipline. The successful candidate has either already published in peer-reviewed journals or shows an emerging track record of promising future publications.

The Research Economist should have the ability to identify key research questions, select appropriate methods of empirical investigation, and interpret results. Also essential are: advanced analytical and technical skills in handling and quantitative analysis of large complex datasets; experience in the use of STATA and other econometrics software; and excellent understanding of statistical methods, especially applied microeconometrics. The Research Economist should ideally have an interest in wellbeing as well as previous experience in policy issues related to wellbeing.

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We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.

Please apply here. Applications must take the form of a full Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume, a Covering Letter and an electronic copy of one relevant research paper. For further information about the post, please see the how to apply document, job description and the person specification.

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The closing date for receipt of applications is 15 January 2022 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

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