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Economist

Economist

Location 
US-DC-Washington
Experience (Years) 
5

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Position Overview

This position will serve as an advisor on economic issues and data analysis to Policy & Mobilization leadership. Works with Policy and Mobilization staff to evaluate and generate statistical and economic analysis to ensure that policy positions are informed by the strongest practical analytical validations and evidence-based research findings. Supports efforts to realize a marketplace in which consumers’ interests are protected through robust standards that lead to safer, more sustainable options, and in which consumers are empowered to make informed choices and drive change.

Qualifications Include

PhD in Economics and a minimum of 5-7 years of experience in industry, consulting, government or academic research, including prior experience applying economics to public policy. Comprehensive knowledge of economic analysis techniques, including applied econometrics, and experience engaging in primary and secondary research, interpreting data, and performing original empirical analyses. A strong understanding of the strengths and limitations of consumer choice models and theories and analysis of market externalities. Strong project management skills, including the ability to lead research and manage multiple projects simultaneously. Ability to write clearly, and work collaboratively with interdisciplinary team of lawyers, researchers, communications staff, and senior management. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment. Strong research track record.

Key Responsibilities

Provide strategic and tactical support and recommendations for consumer policy activities to ensure effective creation and timely delivery of high quality, impactful policy positions and advocacy campaigns.

  • Advise policy analysts and CR leadership on consumer policy issues and market trends related to health, food, money, privacy, autos, products, energy, the environment, and other areas impacting consumers.
  • Utilize expertise and evidence-based research findings to provide recommendations on the development of CR priorities, policies, and actions.
  • Draft, edit, and evidence-check reports, op-eds, letters, legislative testimony, speeches, media interviews, newsletters, research memoranda, and other group documents.
  • Assess the costs, benefits, impact, and other social and economic effects of CR positions and activities while clearly communicating findings and recommendations to varied audiences, including senior leadership, legislators, and thought leaders.
  • Prepare and lead reports and presentations of data for internal and external audiences.
  • Evaluate, and critique as appropriate, external economic and statistical analysis relevant to CR policy and mobilization priorities and positions.
  • Ensure incorporation of findings from product testing and research into the development of policy positions, and provide suggestions and advice about ways that CR content, product testing, and research can help drive market change.
  • Stay abreast of research and studies relevant to the policies and positions of CR and present these findings to policy analysts and CR leadership.
  • Conduct literature reviews as needed to inform CR policies and actions.
  • Identify new sources of data for developing policies and setting priorities, and create effective ways to analyze existing data.
  • Perform original research, consistent with CR’s mission and goals, regarding policies, market trends, and other issues affecting consumers.
  • Build and manage relationships with internal and external partners to leverage expertise and data processes needed to support evidence based policy positions.
  • Work collaboratively with internal experts to refine processes and identify strategic partnerships.
  • Perform other related duties as necessary.