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Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) at LSE

Research Economist

Salary From £37,197 to £44,802 per annum inclusive with potential to progress to £48,168 pa inclusive of London allowance

This is a fixed term appointment for 2 years

The Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) is seeking to appoint a post-doctoral Research Economist for a two-year period to work on the cost-effectiveness (in terms of wellbeing) of major policy options open to government. The main challenge will be to evaluate the impacts of these policy options upon the wellbeing of all those affected, to work out their costs, and to calculate their relative cost-effectiveness. This will involve reviewing literature, conducting original research on wellbeing effects, interpreting government budgets, and using all these to produce the cost-effectiveness analysis.

The project will be led by Dr Christian Krekel and Professor Lord Richard Layard, and will be assisted by an Advisory Board chaired by Lord Gus O’Donnell (former UK Cabinet Secretary). The project will lead to a published report, in which the successful candidate will be a prime co-author, as well as published journal articles. The successful candidate will play a major role in the planning, design, and implementation of the project. The role holder will also be involved in the Centre’s work on wellbeing differences across areas as well as having sufficient time to develop a research agenda of their own within the context of the Centre’s work programme.

The Research Economist should have a PhD in Economics or a closely related quantitative social science discipline. The successful candidate has either already published in peer-reviewed journals or shows an emerging track record of promising future publications.

The Research Economist should also have the ability to identify key research questions, select appropriate methods of empirical investigation, and interpret the results. Also essential are: advanced analytical and technical skills in handling and quantitative analysis of large complex datasets; experience in the use of STATA and other econometrics software; and excellent understanding of statistical methods. The Research Economist should have a demonstrated interest in wellbeing as well as previous experience in policy issues, ideally related to wellbeing.

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We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.

Applications must take the form of a full Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume, a Covering Letter and an electronic copy of one relevant research paper. For further information about the post, please see the how to apply document, job description and the person specification.

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The closing date for receipt of applications is 29 June 2022 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

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