OECD Junior Labour Market Economists

Deadline: January 21, 2018


The OECD is a global economic forum working with 35 member countries and more than 100 emerging and developing economies to make better policies for better lives. Our mission is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The Organisation provides a unique forum in which governments work together to share experiences on what drives economic, social and environmental change, seeking solutions to common problems. 
The Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (ELS) is looking for one or more Junior Labour Market Economists to contribute to policy analysis on the following labour market issues :
  • Job quality, Health and productivity
  • Employment-orientated support
  • Economic inequalities
  • Uncovering the Productivity- Inequality Nexus using Matched Employer-Employee Data

The successful candidate(s) will work as part of a team, under the direction of a project leader, and will be under the overall supervision of a Head of Division within the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (ELS).

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Main Responsibilities
Job quality, Health and Productivity
  • Participate in the activity on “Job quality, Health and Productivity” which analyses how job quality relates to workers’ health and their productivity.  This would include helping to prepare an Issues Paper.
  • Screen the relevant literature on the links between the quality of the work environment, work engagement and economic performance, with the aim of  identifying the nature and magnitude of these links;
  • Identify relevant and useful administrative and survey data available online to explore these further links; and
  • Contribute to new analysis based on the 2015 European Working Conditions Survey, the similar 2015 American Working Conditions Survey and possibly two or three other comparable surveys.
Employment-orientated support
  • Participate in the activity on “The Faces of Joblessness” which analyses employment barriers and the adequacy of employment-orientated support to families with income and employment difficulties. The project includes quantitative assessments of employment barriers using micro-data in combination with a range of statistical techniques, as well as analysis of policy measures intended to address these barriers. Some knowledge of recent policy developments and trends in income support, activation and employment policies, preferably in a comparative context is required.
  • Develop and apply suitable metrics to measure different types of employment barriers at the individual and family level using survey data, such as EU-SILC and EU-LFS, or administrative data.
  • Identify policy-relevant groups/clusters of individuals with similar combinations of employment barriers using suitable statistical techniques, such as statistical clustering.
  • Contribute to an in-depth policy dialogue with member countries. Take stock of employment and income-support measures available for different groups, and highlight reform priorities for alleviating specific employment barriers.
Economic inequalities
  • This project analyses trends in economic inequalities, their causes and consequences, and how widening inequality and poverty might be tackled, building on recent OECD flagship publications (In It Together) and indicators. Good knowledge of the economics of inequality, redistribution, social and fiscal policies, preferably in a comparative context, is required. Some experience with analysing income and consumption using administrative and/or longitudinal data is desirable.
  • Monitor and analyse poverty and inequality trends and policy responses.
  • Contribute to regular reporting on trends in poverty, material deprivation, inequality and redistribution in OECD countries and emerging economies.
  • Contribute to analysis of the links between inequality, poverty and social mobility, in terms of inter-and intra-generational mobility.
  • Analyse short-term and long-term trends in the living standards of the middle class in OECD countries, as well as of the global middle class.
  • Contribute to developing a conceptual framework and empirical evaluation of inequality of opportunities.
  • Analyse how labour-market inequalities affect incomes and their distribution.
Uncovering the Productivity – Inequality Nexus using Matched Employer-Employee Data
  • Participate in new horizontal activity between the Economics Department (ECO), the Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Department (ELS) and the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) on the nexus between productivity and inequality using matched employer-employee data.
  • Conduct a stock-taking of the availability and comparability of matched employer-employee data from administrative sources in OECD countries and key emerging economies.
  • Develop a harmonised statistical code to decompose wage dispersion between and within firms that would allow external researchers to implement the decomposition.
  • Carry out econometric analysis on the dispersion of wages between and within firms using matched employer-employer data in house for one or several countries or semi-aggregated data for a wider set of countries. 
  • Contribute high-quality drafting to concise technical papers as well as accessible reports designed for policymakers and the interested public.
  • Contribute to developing clear policy messages based on original empirical work and relevant published material.
  • Consolidate several streams of work into overall publications.
Dissemination, liaison and outreach
  • Contribute to communication strategies, including by making OECD reports, findings and data products accessible to a range of different users.
  • Liaise with partner organisations, including the European Commission and develop and maintain good working relationships with officials in member country administrations, in other international organisations, as well as with the wider research community.
  • Present work to the Employment, Labour and Social Affairs Committee and the Working Party for Social Policy; prepare briefings and presentations for senior officials.
  • Speak at conferences, both of technical experts and of policymakers; and represent the Organisation in seminars and conferences.
  • Organise technical workshops and conferences.
Ideal Candidate Profile
Academic Background
  • An advanced university degree in labour economics, social science, law and economics or another relevant field of study, with a strong foundation in quantitative analysis and statistics. 
Professional Background
  • One to two years’ experience of applied research and policy analysis in the area of labour markets and employment policies in OECD countries, acquired in a national administration, international organisation, university or research centre.
  • Knowledge of quantitative analysis and statistics is essential.
  • Ability to formulate clear policy recommendations based on solid analytical work.
  • Ability to explain economic issues and analysis to experts and lay audiences alike.
  • Very good drafting and communication skills, experience with customising drafting and communication to different audiences, and proven ability to produce results under tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated interest in applying analytical techniques to inform policy decisions.
  • Very good knowledge and experience in the use of statistical and econometric software (e.g. STATA).
  • Fluency in one of the two OECD official languages (English and French) and knowledge of the other, with a commitment to reach a good working level.
  • Knowledge of other languages would be an asset.
Core Competencies
Contract Duration
  • Two-year fixed term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.
NB: A pre-selection of candidates will be made on the basis of qualifications and experience.  These candidates will be asked to undertake a written test (online).
  • Monthly base salary starting from 4 499 EUR, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.
The OECD is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes the applications of all qualified candidates who are nationals of OECD member countries, irrespective of their racial or ethnic origin, opinions or beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, health or disabilities.

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