Economist (Health)
American Institutes for Research - United States

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The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. Our overriding goal is to use the best science available to bring the most effective ideas and approaches to enhancing everyday life.

AIR's Health Program offers tremendous career opportunities at the heart of health care reform, evidence-based care and the future of public health. AIR health experts provide high-impact research, policy analysis, evaluation, communication, and technical assistance in a stable, yet growing and entrepreneurial environment. Our researchers apply diverse methodologies and interdisciplinary approaches to a variety of health issues, including health reform, delivery system improvement, health care cost and financing, performance measurement, access and disparities, and consumer engagement. Our high-impact research pursuits at the heart of health care reform are enhanced by the contributions of our communication group with exceptional expertise in behavior-change communication, communication strategy, national health communication campaigns, and community engagement; and by the contributions of our web application, digital media, database management, conference planning, and creative and publication services groups. AIR's Health Program offers a balance of depth, breadth, and collegiality in combination with professional development, leadership opportunities, competitive compensation, premier benefits and flexible work arrangements. Our work is mission-driven with a strong focus on improving the health and well-being of the American public, especially disadvantaged populations.

AIR Health's major clients include government agencies (e.g., Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health), private foundations, and state governments.


The Researcher/Economist will work on several projects with responsibilities that may include:
--Identifying and implementing empirical approaches that will yield the strongest causal inferences yet will be feasible given data and resource limitations
--Developing conceptual frameworks that guide project work
--Serving as client contact for analytical or statistical expertise
--Managing or leading projects or tasks
--Applying appropriate techniques to collect, analyze and report quantitative data
--Organizing and documenting analytical results and research procedures
--Preparing technical reports and journal articles and present findings to clients and to the public
--Assisting in developing and drafting new research proposals
--Mentoring junior research analysts, sharing approaches to solving concrete problems, and providing feedback on the work of others


A Ph.D. in a social science, economics or related field and expertise in applied microeconomics, program evaluation, econometrics or applied statistics. Candidate should be proficient with the use of statistical software: SAS or STATA. In addition, knowledge or experience with the analysis of data collected through complex sample designs, multilevel modeling, or the design of experiments and quasi-experiments. Able to apply advanced econometric/statistical methods and able to communicate effectively about these methods to non-technical audiences.

AIR offers an excellent compensation and benefits package, including generous publication support, a fully funded retirement plan, generous paid time off, and subsidized garage parking.

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The American Institutes for Research (AIR) lives and breathes to enhance human performance. The not-for-profit organization conducts...