Posted: Oct 13, 2021

Senior Analyst/PhD Economist Social and Economic Policy - PIP Posting

Application Deadline: Jan 31, 2022

Organization Overview

The Social and Economic Policy Division helps guide development of the nation’s prominent policies and programs.  Our contributions—at all government levels—have resulted in better programs on housing, community revitalization, education, workforce development, income security, food assistance, and in support of children, youth, and disadvantaged families. Our clients include federal agencies such as the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Education, Health and Human Services, Labor, and Veterans Affairs, as well as state agencies, foundations, and nonprofit organizations. We help policymakers identify what works and provide technical assistance and guidance on the design and implementation of complex initiatives and systems.


Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

At Abt Associates, we are committed to creating a lasting culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – within Abt and the communities we serve. We recognize that in order to achieve full participation, our practices must be free of prejudice, discrimination, and bias that result in inequitable outcomes. We are actively working to advance equity for everyone. While we still have much work to do, we know that racial and cultural diversity are an asset to our culture, business and the communities where we live and serve. Our ongoing commitment is focused on creating business practices that advance racial and social equity, making investments in community impact programs for the benefit of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), and expanding upon project work related to racial equity and social justice.



Abt Associates is seeking a qualified Senior Analyst to support the Social and Economic Policy Division to work in our Rockville, MD, Cambridge, MA, Durham NC, Atlanta, GA, or as a full-time telecommuter.


The Senior Analyst / PhD Economist will exercise initiative to resolve complex non-routine matters. The position holder will implement and manage project schedules, plans, goals, and budgets under the indirect supervision of more senior staff, independently analyze issues to reconcile and resolve problems, and apply their knowledge and experience of general operations, systems, and project procedures. The position holder may assume a role in proposal efforts by preparing drafts of sections and establish an industry presence as a subject-matter expert by publishing in peer-reviewed journals and/or by presenting at annual conferences and meetings. The Senior Analyst / PhD Economist may participate in identifying and recruiting substantive peers and actively participate in the development of less senior staff. Additionally, they will review project reports and findings and will also be responsible for reviewing data sets, documentation, and models for anomalies to ensure accuracy.

Key Role and Responsibilities

  • Perform/manage a variety of research analysis tasks, including leading team members.
  • May provide training and technical supervision to less experienced staff.
  • Review collected data and analyses using standard practices and techniques in their field(s) of specialization.
  • Devise methods and lead the design of computer modeling, simulation, or simple to complex forecasting using standard software packages.
  • Apply quantitative and/or qualitative analysis techniques and methods.
  • Work on complex assignments under indirect supervision where there is latitude for independent action and decision-making.
  • Economists will be expected to apply standard economic theory and econometric methods to the implementation of impact evaluations and other research projects.
  • Using standard economic theory, economists should contribute to the design of our evaluations in a variety of ways, including identifying potential unintended consequences of the programs we evaluate.


Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in Economics, or related field, by Summer 2022.
  • Strong empirical skills.
  • Strong interest in public policy research.
  • Works effectively on teams.
  • Thrives in a dynamic environment.
  • Conducts research with attention to detail and schedule.


Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD + 0-2 years of relevant experience


Applications will be accepted through January 2022, but for full consideration, please submit application materials by November 5, 2021