Research Economist

London School of Economics and Political Science - What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth

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This is a fixed-term appointment for 2 years.

The What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth is a partnership between the London School of Economics and Political Science, Centre for Cities, and Arup.

The What Works Centre is seeking to appoint a full-time Research Economist as part of our growing team. You will work with the Centre Director, senior staff, and two existing Research Economists, as well as practitioners in local government and beyond. You will help design, deliver, manage, and analyse programme evaluations – especially randomised control trials and quasi-experiments – in areas such as skills, active labour market policy, transport, and business support. You will also draft policy toolkits, evaluate existing studies for quality, and support policy working groups. You will assist the Director and Deputy Directors with these projects, and for some of them will take responsibility for the major part of the research design and writing up.

Working with the other Research Economists, you will also support our local partners to develop and deliver their own policy evaluations. You will also be given the opportunity to develop a wider research agenda of your own, involving robust quantitative evaluation techniques on policy areas of interest to spatial and urban economics.

You will have a first or upper second-class undergraduate degree and a Masters in Economics or other quantitative social science discipline. You will also ideally have a PhD in Economics or other quantitative social science discipline (or be within 1 year of completing this) or have experience of individual research work.

You will have a sound understanding of econometrics and statistics and be experienced in STATA and other econometrics software. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential, as is experience in the execution and write-up of independent research projects. Knowledge of urban/spatial economics and local economic development is desirable.

You must have advanced analytical skills in dealing with quantitative and administrative datasets, and must demonstrate an interest in the WWC's areas of work.

For further information about the post, please see the job description and the person specification.

In addition to a good salary, the benefits that come with this job include a defined benefits pension scheme, generous annual leave, and excellent training and development opportunities.

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The closing date for receipt of applications is 04 January 2018 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

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