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Research Asst: Tax Policy Analysis Developing Countries

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Institute for Fiscal Studies
London - United Kingdom
S: £23,219 to £29,250 (pro-rata

Who we are

The Centre for the Evaluation of Development Policy (EDePo) is a London-based research centre dedicated to studying public policy in low- and middle-income countries from an economic perspective in order to promote more effective public policy. It is part of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), the UK's leading independent microeconomics research institute.

At EDePo, we undertake high-quality academic economic research to understand better the issues affecting the lives of millions of people in low- and middle-income countries and to help shape economic and development policy and practice. Our expertise includes the design and evaluation of public policies and interventions, data collection and analysis, and the application of economic theory and econometrics to policy analysis.

We have recently established The Centre for Tax Analysis in Developing Countries (TAXDEV). TAXDEV aims to generate applied research and policy analysis to promote effective tax policy and administration in low- and middle-income countries. The Centre is working in partnership with specific country governments to improve their analytical capacity. The focus countries are currently Ghana and Ethiopia.

The role

The Research Assistant will work within TAXDEV and conduct data analysis, review the literature and support researchers to prepare reports, briefing notes and working papers on tax policy. The Research Assistant will work closely with, and report to, Dr. Laura Abramovsky (Senior Research Economist) and Yani Tyskerud (Project Manager).

The Research Assistant will be responsible for:
* Conducting critical and structured literature reviews;
* Cleaning and organising revenue and survey data to make it easily accessible and ready for analysis;
* Analysing the data, with guidance from the study leads;
* Contributing to writing a series of tax policy reports and notes;
* Contributing to the production of related training material for staff in partner organisations;
* Supporting the team to successfully deliver other project outcomes.

Person specification

The IFS recruits self-motivated and effective individuals with a record of exceptional success in their academic study or professional experience of economics. The ability to analyse large and complex datasets, read and synthesise relevant literature and write clearly are critical skills.

A Master's degree in Economics. Exceptional candidates with an excellent Bachelor's degree in economics and strong STATA and micro-econometric analysis skills will also be considered.
Skills and experience

The successful candidate will have:

* Quantitative data processing and analysis skills, including a good knowledge of STATA;
* Experience of working with individual-, household- and/or firm-level data and of cleaning challenging raw datasets;
* Well-developed writing skills, including the ability to explain complex economic ideas in plain language;
* Excellent problem solving and analytical skills and a strong attention to detail;
* Good interpersonal skills and experience of working effectively in a diverse team;
* Strong organisational and administrative skills and the ability to work in a systematic, thorough manner;
* An interest in the economic analysis of both public finance and development issues, and a motivation to bridge the gap between academic research and issues of practical policy design or evaluation;
* A willingness to travel to Ethiopia or Ghana (if required).


The successful candidate must have the right to work in the UK.

Starting date and location

The successful candidate will be able to start in February 2017 and the initial contract is on a fixed-term basis for 12 months. The post is based at the IFS's offices in Central London.


The successful candidate will be paid on the IFS Visiting Scholar scale at a salary between £23,219 and £29,250 (pro-rata).

Application process

Please send a CV and covering letter explaining how your qualifications, skills and experience meet those outlined in the Person Specification.

Please send your application to quoting the reference GV00115 in the subject line by Thursday 12 January 2017.

Interviews will be held in London during the week commencing 16th January 2017.

For more details on the work of EDePo:

Job summary


Institute for Fiscal Studies


London, United Kingdom


Master's Degree




£23,219 to £29,250 (pro-rata

Job Type:





4th January 2017

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12th January 2017

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