Lead Economist, Economic Impact - New York, NY

We are looking to hire Lead Economist to join the consulting team of Oxford Economics. The team tackles a wide range of questions raised by our clients, including: quantifying the regulatory implications on industries and business, workforce needs, changes in local economies, economic, environmental and social impact of major companies and industries, and estimating the value created by cultural institutions. This is a permanent job, which would be based in our NYC office.

This role will be based within the Economic Impact consulting team. Consulting projects usually run for between two and six months and culminate in a report or presentation to a client. At any one time there are around 15-20 projects in progress across the consulting directorate, which currently comprises approximately 7 staff.

The Lead Economist role will involve making substantial contributions to major projects, and acting as project manager for other projects.

Lead Economists work closely with Associate Directors and Directors on all aspects of a client engagement for larger projects, ranging from inputting in to designing the methodology and writing a proposal, through to project management, undertaking the analysis, and communicating the results to the customer. Project teams typically also include one or two economists and/or senior economists and, when necessary, specialist econometric modelers.

A core part of the role will involve implementing quantitative models using a variety of analytical tools such as IO modelling, cost-benefit analysis, or econometric analysis. The post-holder will report to the Head of Consultancy, Americas.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Project managing and overseeing a number of research studies (between 4 and 6 projects at a time—depending on scope and complexity);
  • Ensuring robust and rigorous economic analysis in the delivery of consultancy projects;
  • Applying and assuring quantitative analytical techniques as applied to large datasets;
  • Handling clients and potential clients effectively and developing Oxford Economics’ relationship with them;
  • Leading the production of research proposals, project reports and presentations;
  • Planning and structuring projects, and coordinating input from a range of team members, ensuring sufficient time for quality assurance;
  • Being entrepreneurial and proactive in the identification and pursuit of new business opportunities; and
  • For the right candidate, line management of one or two team members, to ensure resources are allocated efficiently and to support professional development.
Person Specification: 

This exciting role would suit someone with at least seven (7) years’ experience as a professional economist with increasing levels of responsibilities commensurate with the description above. The successful candidate will be rigorous, adaptable and creative in seeking solutions to difficult economic questions.

Lead Economists should also have the following attributes.


  • Extensive experience of client-facing work and the ability to develop commercial relationships with potential clients;
  • Substantial experience of economic analysis, including familiarity with analytical techniques such as input-output (IO) modelling, cost-benefit analysis and econometrics.
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Evidence of being proactive and creative in using economics to answer (external, internal or policymaker) clients’ questions;
  • Very strong written and verbal communication, including the ability to explain economic concepts and quantitative results, as well as their implications, to non-specialists; and
  • Excellent attention to detail and a commitment to going the extra mile to produce rigorous, accurate work, within the constraints of the time and resources available.


  • A post-graduate degree in economics;
  • Experience with quantitative analysis software such as Eviews, R, Stata;
  • Experience of client-facing work and the ability to develop commercial relationships with potential clients

About Oxford Economics

Oxford Economics was founded in 1981 as a commercial venture with Oxford University’s business college to provide economic forecasting and modelling to UK companies and financial institutions expanding abroad. Since then, we have become one of the world’s foremost independent global advisory firms, providing reports, forecasts and analytical tools on 200 countries, 120 industrial sectors and over 6,000 cities. Our best-of-class global economic and industry models and analytical tools give us an unparalleled ability to forecast external market trends and assess their economic, social and business impact.

Headquartered in Oxford, England, with regional centres in London, New York, and Singapore, Oxford Economics has offices across the globe. We employ over 450 full-time people, including more than 250 professional economists, industry experts and business editors—one of the largest teams of macroeconomists and thought leadership specialists. Our global team is highly skilled in a full range of research techniques and thought leadership capabilities, from econometric modelling, scenario framing, and economic impact analysis to market surveys, case studies, expert panels, and web analytics.

Oxford Economics is a key adviser to corporate, financial and government decision-makers and thought leaders. Our worldwide client base now comprises over 1200 international organisations, including leading multinational companies and financial institutions; key government bodies and trade associations; and top universities, consultancies, and think tanks.

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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