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BLS is currently recruiting Research Economists across multiple areas. Research economists in all fields and levels of experience are encouraged to apply. The applicant’s field of concentration is less important than the desire and ability to execute frontier research, pushing boundaries to advance economic and statistical measurement and to help BLS meet its mission.
Research economists are responsible for conducting research to improve BLS outputs, conducting self-directed economic research, and serving as technical experts within BLS.
Research economists are typically employed within four areas within BLS, however, placement is dependent on current staffing needs.
- Price and Index Number Research: The Division works on long term research, much of it towards resolving price index measurement problems, using a wide range of methods from microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, consumer economics, industrial organization, econometrics, and statistics. The Division also provides consulting services to the production offices within the Office of Prices and Living Conditions: Consumer Expenditure Surveys (CE); Consumer Price Index (CPI); Producer Price Index (PPI); Import/Export Price Indexes (MXP). https://www.bls.gov/pir/
- Compensation Research and Program Development: The Compensation Research and Program Development Group (CRPDG) carries out research that addresses methodological, conceptual, and technical issues of concern for all programs of the Office of Compensation and Working Conditions (OCWC). CRPDG provides technical assistance to OCWC program offices, initiates the development of new program activities, contributes to BLS and program office teams, and performs self-directed research in the broad field of labor economics. In addition, the group serves as reviewers and project coordinators to outside researchers in academia, non-profits, and other government agencies who are interested in accessing OCWC microdata to work on their own research projects. https://www.bls.gov/crp/home.htm
- Employment Research and Program Development: The Employment Research and Program Development staff (ERPDS) initiates, plans, and directs activities for improving the quality and enhancing the analytical usefulness of the following BLS programs: American Time Use Survey, Business Employment Dynamics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey, Employment Projections, Job Openings, and Labor Turnover Survey, Local Area Unemployment Statistics, and Occupational Employment Statistics. Two major functions of ERPDS are to assist in the development of the above data programs and to conduct original research using BLS data. In addition, the National Longitudinal Surveys Program is housed in ERPDS. https://www.bls.gov/ers/
- Productivity Research and Program Development: The Division of Productivity Research and Program Development (DPRPD) works on strengthening and improving Bureau productivity measures and on understanding the sources and effects of productivity and technical change. The Division’s economists work on clarifying input and output concepts for productivity measures, using methods from microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, labor economics, industrial organization, econometrics, and statistics. Staff time is devoted partly to individual long-term research on theoretical and empirical topics and writing working papers and publications. https://www.bls.gov/dpr/
Please note that this position is in the bargaining unit.
Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required for this position.
14 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions if you are selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, meet all the performance requirements, and supervisor’s recommendation to the next grade.
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