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Abt Associates Social Science Economics Associate/PhD Economist in Cambridge, Massachusetts


Abt Associates is seeking a qualified Associate to support the Social and Economic Policy Division to work in our Rockville, MD, Cambridge, MA, Durham NC, Atlanta, GA, or as a full-time telecommuter.

The Senior Analyst / PhD Economist will exercise initiative to resolve complex non-routine matters. The position holder will implement and manage project schedules, plans, goals, and budgets under the indirect supervision of more senior staff, independently analyze issues to reconcile and resolve problems, and apply their knowledge and experience of general operations, systems, and project procedures. The position holder may assume a role in proposal efforts by preparing drafts of sections and establish an industry presence as a subject-matter expert by publishing in peer-reviewed journals and/or by presenting at annual conferences and meetings. The Senior Analyst / PhD Economist may participate in identifying and recruiting substantive peers and actively participate in the development of less senior staff. Additionally, they will review project reports and findings and will also be responsible for reviewing data sets, documentation, and models for anomalies to ensure accuracy.

Key Role and Responsibilities

  • Perform/manage a variety of research analysis tasks, including leading team members.

  • May provide training and technical supervision to less experienced staff.

  • Review collected data and analyses using standard practices and techniques in their field(s) of specialization.

  • Devise methods and lead the design of computer modeling, simulation, or simple to complex forecasting using standard software packages.

  • Apply quantitative and/or qualitative analysis techniques and methods.

  • Work on complex assignments under indirect supervision where there is latitude for independent action and decision-making.

  • Economists will be expected to apply standard economic theory and econometric methods to the implementation of impact evaluations and other research projects.

  • Using standard economic theory, economists should contribute to the design of our evaluations in a variety of ways, including identifying potential unintended consequences of the programs we evaluate.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in Economics, or related field, by Summer 2022.

  • Strong empirical skills.

  • Strong interest in public policy research.

  • Communicates effectively in English, orally and in writing.

  • Works effectively on teams.

  • Thrives in a dynamic environment.

  • Conducts research with attention to detail and schedule.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s Degree + Seven years of relevant experience, or PhD + Four years of relevant experience

Application Requirements:

• Cover Letter

• CV

Application deadline: 1/31/2022

Abt Associates is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse workforce. Abt Associates provides market-competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits. Local candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

Disclaimer: Abt Associates will never ask candidates for money in exchange for an offer of employment.

The Social and Economic Policy Division helps guide development of the nation’s prominent policies and programs. Our contributions—at all government levels—have resulted in better programs on housing, community revitalization, education, workforce development, income security, food assistance, and in support of children, youth, and disadvantaged families. Our clients include the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Education, Health and Human Services, Labor, Veterans Affairs, and the Food and Nutrition Service, among others.

At Abt Associates, we are committed to creating a lasting culture of equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that in order to achieve full participation, our practices must be free of prejudice, discrimination, and bias that result in inequitable outcomes. We are actively working to advance equity for everyone, and while we still have much work to do, we know that racial and cultural diversity are an asset to our business and the communities where we live and serve. Our ongoing commitment is focused on creating business practices that advance racial and social equity, investments in community impact programs for the benefit of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), and expand upon project work related to racial equity and social justice.