American Institutes for Research

International Development Economist - AEA Conference

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Established in 1946, with headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, AIR is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research on important social issues and delivers technical assistance and capacity building services domestically and internationally in health, social development, education, and workforce to a growing roster of clients and partners. Our mission is to generate and use rigorous evidence that contributes to a better, more equitable world.


AIR’s International Development Division (IDD) strives to improve the quality of life in developing countries by using rigorous research and evaluation to enhance education and social development. We work across a wide range of topics including workforce development, agriculture/food/nutrition, early childhood development, education, refugees and migration, social protection, water/sanitation/infrastructure, and women's empowerment in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Central and Latin America as well as the Middle East. The IDD generates policy-relevant evidence through rigorous monitoring, evaluations, and research; helps improve program design through continuous learning and adaptation; and works with local organizations and governments to build sustainable solutions based on evidence. 


AIR is seeking a Development Economist to join IDD. The position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand research experience on exciting evaluations of development programs.


  • Developing conceptual frameworks that guide project work.
  • Managing and analyzing large-scale data files for research.
  • Applying appropriate quantitative techniques to collect and analyze data.
  • Organizing and documenting analytic results and research procedures.
  • Preparing technical reports and journal articles and presenting findings to clients, professional associations and the public.
  • Assisting in developing and drafting new research proposals.
  • Mentoring research analysts, sharing approaches to solving concrete problems, and providing feedback on the work of others.
  • Managing or leading projects or tasks.
  • Serving as client contact for analytical or statistical expertise.


  • A Ph.D. in economics, public policy, or related social science field, with expertise in econometrics or applied statistics.
  • Able to apply advanced statistical methods, and able to communicate effectively about these methods to non-technical audiences.
  • Highly proficient in STATA, and open to learning new statistical tools as required by different projects.
  • Knowledge or experience with the analysis of large-scale data, and the design of experiments and quasi-experiments.
  • Prior quantitative research on policy-relevant international development topics using advanced methods such as fixed effects, regression discontinuity, or instrumental variables.

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. 


AIR COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Notice: AIR requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive a legally required exemption from AIR, as a condition of employment.  AIR will ask candidates to verify their vaccination status only after a conditional offer of employment is made.  Applicants should not provide information about their vaccination status or need for exemption prior to receiving a conditional offer of employment from AIR.


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