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Research Economist - What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth

Fixed term appointment for 2 years

Salary from £34,736 to £42,019 pa inclusive of London allowance

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. 

Visit www.whatworksgrowth.org for further information about the Centre.

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

For further information about the post and to apply please go to View Vacancy


TWO 3-year ESRC Innovation Fellowships

The Centre for Economic Performance

Fixed term appointments for 3 years

Salary from £34,736 to £42,019 pa inclusive with potential to progress to £45,212 pa inclusive in exceptional circumstances

The Centre for Economic Performance at London School of Economics & Political Science seeks to appoint two 3 year innovation fellowships to carry out research aligned to the Government’s Industrial Strategy and based on a business / industry need.

Whilst the fellows will be encouraged to develop their own research agenda around the industrial strategy, we are looking for candidates with interest and research experience in the following two areas: the Digital Economy, Productivity and the Labour Market; and/or Skills, Organisational Practices and Productivity

The first fellowship would carry out research around productivity and labour market implications of the digital economy, including the role of technology in helping firms optimise supply chains and the impacts of digitisation on the efficiency of job search, job security and wages. This work programme would also include a comparative study of international policies to support digital growth and their impact.

The second fellowship would investigate the relationships between different types of skills, organisational practices and firm performance; examine how business support policies or training programmes can affect firm outcomes; and consider how workers can achieve career progression and grow their productivity given the increase of self-employment and new working arrangements in the “gig economy”.

Both fellows would be required to build links with business/policy partners in the course of their research and to develop a programme of outreach and dissemination for their research and policy recommendations to achieve maximum impact.

Candidates will either have been awarded a PhD in Economics or related discipline in the past four years or be near to submitting; or must hold a Masters with Distinction in Economics or related discipline alongside equivalent professional work / policy and publication experience related to the areas of the fellowships. NOTE: applicants who have held a PHD for longer due to extenuating circumstances, such as interruption to their academic career for maternity leave or illness, will still be considered.

 All candidates will have authored writings in applied economics of a standard publishable in academic journals; outstanding econometric skills and experience of working with large survey and administrative data related to the fields under investigation. Experience of engaging with policy questions and with non-academic stakeholders such as business, policy makers, professional organisations is required.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 13 December 2017 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

For further information and to apply click here

CEP Summer Internship Programme

The CEP has a small number of vacancies for Summer Internships from May to October open to Economics graduates and postgraduates. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience of research in practice and can lead on to longer Occasional Research Assistantships with the Centre.

Download further information and an application form (PDF)

The Centre for Economic Performance invites postgraduate students to apply for Occasional Research Assistantships

Occasional Research Assistants are offered facilities and full membership of the centre and an hourly rate of pay (currently around £15 to £17 an hour) to provide on average a day or more's research assistance a week. Working on centre projects usually provides students with material, data etc for their PhD and helps them define a thesis topic more quickly. In some cases we will offer places to associate scholars who will not carry out research assistance but whose own research is well advanced and can contribute to the Centre's programme of work.

For detailed information about research undertaken at the CEP please read the CEP Programme of Work 2010 - 2015 and browse our website.

If you have a keen interest in working in one of the Centres' main research areas, complete and return the ORA application form (available in Adobe PDF and Microsoft Word 2003)

Please return your completed application form to Linda Cleavely, email l.f.cleavely@lse.ac.uk, with the subject line 'ORA your surname' (e.g. ORA Smith).