Senior Economist

Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

London, UK

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About Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

Renewing the Centre is the main UK-facing policy and research unit of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. We produce, commission and curate high-quality empirical analysis with a view to developing a radical but practical policy platform to renew the progressive centre ground of politics. With a primary focus on the UK, our aim is to develop an exciting, positive agenda for change to improve people’s lives and strengthen liberal democracy against a rising tide of angry populism.

Focus of the Role:

How has the nature and experience of inequality changed over the past generation? What explains the rise in knife crime? What’s behind the productivity puzzle? These are just some of the types of questions we will be exploring to provide an evidence base for a radical policy agenda to renew the progressive centre ground of UK politics.

We are looking to hire a Senior Economist with strong quantitative skills, an entrepreneurial approach to empirical investigation and a good policy brain, to provide the analytical ballast for our policy agenda.

As an exceptional analyst, you will be adept at finding ways to add value to the work of colleagues leading the development of analysis and policy in areas ranging from public services reform to taxation, from transport to corporate governance, injecting critical thinking and quantitative rigour.

Senior Economist applicants will have experience and knowledge of the policy agenda in one or more of our areas of focus – public services, work and inequality, productivity and sustainability, and community – as well as a track record of entrepreneurial research to move policy debates forward.

Working to an experienced Head of Analysis, this exciting role offers the post-holder the opportunity to contribute to a wide range of policy agendas across the team, and make a name for themselves by developing incisive analysis that can change the terms of debate.

With an excellent academic background, you will combine strong analytical capabilities with policymaking expertise to help develop proposals that go beyond technocratic tinkering with the status quo and address the more fundamental problems that policy must address.

Close attention to detail and a commitment to excellence will be hallmarks of your work, enabling you to get the best out of junior colleagues. As an excellent communicator, you will also be adept at conveying complex analysis and its implications to a wide audience including the media.

Job description

Key elements of the role include:

  • Leading the production of rigorous, original quantitative analysis using national statistics and household survey data, primarily focused on the UK.
  • Getting to grips with the detail of major policy areas in order to make effective proposals for reform.
  • Taking an entrepreneurial approach to framing policy issues in insightful ways that motivate solutions.
  • Writing compelling reports that elucidate the policy challenge and developing radical but practical solutions.
  • Contributing analytical support and policy expertise to other teams within RTC.
  • Representing TBI in the media and other public forums.

What We Look For in Our People:

  • A passion for using analysis and creativity to provide radical policy solutions that can help to revitalise the centre ground of politics.
  • Significant experience of working in one or more major public policy areas.
  • Ability to lead, develop and pursue a research agenda to derive practical, actionable insight.
  • A track record of original research using household survey data, such as the FRS and LFS, and other data sources.
  • Expertise in using statistical analysis tools such as Stata.
  • Versatility to apply analytical skills to a number of policy areas.
  • Creativity to produce radical but practical solutions backed by rigorous analysis.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • A solid record of post-graduate work experience in a think tank, government, academic or consulting environment.
  • A good postgraduate degree in Economics or a closely-related discipline.

Desirable:

  • Familiarity with econometric techniques
  • A record of thought leadership

Close Date: 29 Apr 2019


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