Job Overview


The Economic Research Service (ERS) conducts broad programs of economic and other social science research and analysis relating to agriculture, food, natural resources and rural America for use by public and private decision makers.  ERS' clients are the executive and legislative branches; environmental, consumer and public interest groups, including farm and industry groups; and the general public.

This position is located in the Economic Research Service (ERS), Market and Trade Economics Division (MTED), International Demand and Trade (IDT) Branch, in Washington, DC

The mission of the Market and Trade Economics Division (MTED) is to conduct research on U.S. and global economic factors affecting markets for agricultural products. The MTED research program includes analysis of domestic program and trade policy alternatives, special studies of emerging developments in domestic and international markets, development and dissemination of market information, and commodity and trade forecasts and projections. Data indicators, forecasts, and special studies are disseminated to policy makers, program officials, and the public in publications, briefings, and electronic products.

The International Demand and Trade (IDT) Branch's mission is to provide economic research, information, and analysis of global food demand, food and agricultural trade, and agricultural and trade policy issues of the nations or blocs of nations that are major participants in global agricultural trade. The program of work includes research and analysis, development and maintenance of data and economic indicators, and communication of research findings. All Branch efforts link to and support other work within the Market and Trade Economics Division of ERS.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


The Economic Research Service (ERS) seeks an economist for a position involving commodity market and trade analysis, applied research on economic trade and trade policy in food products, and development and application of models for trade and policy analysis. The incumbent's principal responsibilities include applying economic theory, database development and management, and modeling methods to evaluate impacts of the changing structure of U.S. and global agricultural markets and changes in U.S. and foreign agricultural policies. The individual will lead or participate in research projects and will cooperate with other team members in the project design, application, and publishing results on a wide variety of policy-relevant research topics.