American Institutes for Research

Education 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’s experts are a frequent source of information and guidance for policymakers, stakeholders, and the news media. AIR is currently seeking an Education Economist to join our growing domestic Learning Supports program area with a focus on early childhood development, special education, English Learners, and multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS). Candidates hired for the new position might initially start working remotely but will ultimately have the option to work from one of our offices.


  • Develop conceptual frameworks that guide project work.
  • Manage and analyze large-scale data files for research.
  • Apply appropriate quantitative techniques to collect and analyze data.
  • Organize and document analytic results and research procedures.
  • Prepare technical reports and journal articles and present findings to clients, professional associations and the public.
  • Assist in developing and drafting new research proposals.
  • Mentor research analysts, share approaches to solving concrete problems, and provide feedback on the work of others.
  • Manage or lead projects or tasks, with assumption of greater responsibility over time.
  • Serve as client contact for analytical or statistical expertise.


  • A Ph.D. in economics with expertise in econometrics or applied statistics.
  • Able to apply advanced statistical methods, and able to communicate effectively about these methods to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Highly proficient in STATA or R, and open to learning new statistical tools as required by different projects.
  • Knowledge or experience with the analysis of large-scale data sets, and experimental and quasi-experimental designs.
  • Prior quantitative research on policy-relevant topics in education using advanced methods such as fixed effects, regression discontinuity, or instrumental variables.
  • Interest and expertise in content related to early childhood, special education, English learners or MTSS preferred.

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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