Economist - Wayne, PA

Tourism Economics is a subsidiary of Oxford Economics dedicated to analytical consulting in the tourism sector. We are seeking a high-calibre economist to join our expanding team and be based in our Wayne, PA (USA) office.

Examples of our work includes:

  • tracking, modeling and forecasting travel sector performance,
  • quantifying the economic impact of visitors, events and destination marketing, and,
  • conducting policy and market analysis, and bespoke research.

Our clients include destination marketing organizations at the city, state, and national levels; leading industry trade associations; and major corporate owners, operators and brands in the travel sector. We have a longstanding relationship with many of our clients, typically through subscription-based services or recurring studies. We serve a global client base from our offices in the US and UK.

Key Responsibilities

The main responsibilities of the economist role include:

  • Analyzing the economic impact of tourism at the national, state, county, and city levels, including preparing data, updating models, and drafting presentation-format reports.
  • Preparing insightful, quantitative analysis of travel-sector trends, including measures such as trips, visitor spending, employment, income, and tax revenue. For example, preparing data and analytical insights in support of client dashboards, presentations, and public reports; and preparing occasional research briefings as part of our subscription-based forecast services.
  • Ensuring quality and consistency in results by being mindful of previous approaches, data limitations, and potential inconsistencies, and by being detail-oriented.

In this position, you will apply a strong grounding in economic concepts and research methods. You will gain familiarity with customized use of the IMPLAN software for economic impact analysis. As your capabilities expand, the role will grow to include managing more customized research to address client topics, such as policy and market analysis, and to support more sophisticated analysis to support client decision-making.

Candidate Requirements
  • Strong academic background in economics, preferably a masters degree
  • Excellent analytical and quantitative skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Practical experience preparing and analyzing data using software such as R, Python or Eviews, and experience with data visualization software such as Tableau, is desirable
  • Ability to work effectively in teams across different offices and within tight deadlines
  • Ability to plan and structure workload, ensuring sufficient time for quality assurance from senior colleagues

Oxford Economics is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

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