American Institutes for Research

Labor Economist - AEA Conference

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Established in 1946, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is one of the world's largest behavioral and social science research and evaluation organizations. Our mission is to generate and use rigorous evidence that contributes to a better, more equitable world.  AIR works with federal, state, and local government agencies, philanthropies and other organizations to conduct research and evaluation and provide technical assistance in the areas of education, health and workforce development, in the U.S. and abroad.


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. Candidates hired for the new position might initially start working remotely but will ultimately have the option to work from one of our 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.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.


AIR adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks.




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