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Research Economist

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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Washington DC - United States
S: Competitive

You are a researcher familiar with the development challenges faced by Latin America and the Caribbean and want to make a difference in the development of the region. Your peers recognize you as someone who possesses: (1) strong technical skills; (2) a record of–or good prospects for—high-quality, original research in peer-reviewed journals; and (3) the ability to communicate with a wide range of potential audiences.

Background: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is looking to identify and interview Ph. D.-level economists to work in its Research Department (RES) or other areas of the Bank. This call is open to all areas, but we particularly seek research economists specializing in Industrial Organization, Public and Behavioral Economics. We are considering Ph.D. candidates, as well as those who have recently graduated.

What you'll do:

Conduct economic research, identifying particular challenges and issues, applying theoretical and/or empirical economic analysis and developing policy recommendations.
Contribute to the development of new or revised tools and methodologies of economic analysis.
Present research to academic and non-academic audiences and refine research papers in the light of comments for eventual publication in refereed journals.
Coordinate and/or review and evaluate the academic work of outside researchers (consultants and research institutions hired through the IDB's Latin American Research Network or otherwise), ensuring that they meet the highest standards of quality.
Develop networks for disseminating research findings, promoting cooperative research initiatives, and discussing policy issues within and outside the Bank.
Participate in the conceptualization, production and dissemination of publications such as the annual Latin American and Caribbean Macroeconomic Report and the flagship publication known as Development in the Americas, by leveraging internal and external resources and addressing new research issues to encourage policy discussions and enhance the visibility and impact of the Bank.


Skills you'll need:

Education: Ph.D. in Economics.

Experience: You will have over 5 years of demonstrated applied and/or theoretical research skills. We are considering future Ph.D. graduates as well as those who have recently graduated. Preference will be given to candidates who combine a strong academic profile with an interest in policy and who have worked on topics relevant to development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Languages: Knowledge of at least two official Bank languages required (English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish).

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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)


Washington DC, United States







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1st November 2017

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25th November 2017

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