Research Economist, POID

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Programme on Innovation and Diffusion (POID) at LSE


Research Economist


Salary from £37,197 to £44,802 pa inclusive with potential to progress to £48,168 p.a. inclusive of London allowance


This is a fixed term appointment for 2 years


The Programme on Innovation and Diffusion at LSE is recruiting a Post Doc Research Economist to join a team led by John Van Reenen and Anna Valero that will build up new quantitative evidence on emerging technologies and management practices to investigate their impact and drivers. The aim of the work is to improve understanding of productivity and the project will integrate a rich range of large firm-level databases.


The Research Economist will play a major role in the design and execution of the project and co-author work. The successful candidate will assist with data preparation, merging, modelling, and analysis and will contribute to co-authored journal quality papers as well as coordinating the work of others as required.


The successful candidate should have an undergraduate degree, and a PhD (or be under one year to completion from post start date) in either Economics or another quantitative social science discipline. They should have advanced analytical skills in handling and quantitative analysis of large firm-level datasets; and experience in the use of STATA and other econometrics software, and experience of execution and write-up of independent research projects. They should have the ability to identify appropriate methods of investigation and key research questions, the ability to interpret and analyse patterns or trends in data and to think through problems analytically, and to author/co-author papers of refereed journal article quality. The ability to work for a lot of the time independently of close supervision, and strong organisational skills, in order to work with data providers, project stakeholders and junior team members, are required. We also require excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to convey technical material in non-technical terms for policy and other non-academic stakeholders. The abilities to supervise junior researchers, and to coordinate and integrate work contributions of other team members are also essential.


Visit for information about POID, and for information about POID’s related Centre for Economic Performance


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 16th January 2022 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.