JOB - Economist/Social Policy Analyst - Inequalities and Tax-Benefit Policies, OECD

Publish Date: Jan 18, 2016

Deadline: Jan 23, 2016

The OECD’s mission – Better Policies for Better Lives – promotes policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. It 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  ( (DELSA) is the focal point for the OECD’s work on building more cohesive and healthier societies through policy advice related to quality jobs, continuous investment in human capital, reduction in poverty and exclusion, better health-care systems and good management of migration flows.
The Social Policy Disision (SPD) is currently looking for one or more Economist/Social Policy Analysts to work on one or two major interrelated OECD projects that build on recent flagship publications (including In It Together – Why Less Inequality Benefits All) and indicators (see and
  • the causes, consequences and remedies of growing inequalities;
  • the key challenges for tax and transfer policies in ensuring adequate social protection coverage, cost-effective redistribution and robust work incentives.
Candidates qualified in one or both of these projects are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will work in at least one of two related subject areas:
1) Analysing trends in economic inequalities, their causes and consequences, and how widening inequality and poverty might be tackled. This will include analyses of social mobility for particular groups, inequality of outcomes and opportunities, and the effects of social, fiscal and labour-market reforms.
2) Analysing effects of tax and benefit reforms on poverty, income inequality, labour market participation, and on government budgets. The post holder will apply the OECD’s analytical tools and develop innovative new approaches to expand and link existing methods for monitoring and evaluating tax-benefit policies.
Main Responsibilities
Analysis and management
  • Monitoring and analysing inequality and poverty trends and policy responses:
    • Contributing to regular reporting on trends in poverty, material deprivation, inequality and redistribution in OECD countries and emerging economies.
    • Analysing 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.
    • Analysing the links between inequality, poverty and social mobility, in terms of inter-and intra-generational mobility.
    • Analysing how labour-market inequalities affect incomes and their distribution.
  • Assessing the implications of tax and benefit reforms on income adequacy, redistribution, work incentives and government budgets:
    • Contributing to a team of analysts and statisticians who translate policy rules and reforms into formal tax-benefit models and develop policy-relevant indicators.
    • Analysing the social and economic impact of actual and prospective tax and benefit policy reforms, drawing on a range of data sources and modelling tools, both in-house  and external (such as EUROMOD), as relevant.
    • Keeping abreast of current tax-benefit policy issues and developments, as well as key findings and debates in the research community.

In each area, the postholder will develop novel and policy-relevant analytical approaches and propose new areas for research and policy analysis. He or she will work as part of a team, including by managing and coordinating tasks of other team members. 

  • Draft high-quality reports. This includes 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.
  • Draft accessible executive summaries, policy and media briefs and related material to effectively inform the policy debate.

Dissemination, liaison and outreach

  • Contribute to communication strategies for both the OECD inequality and tax-benefit policy work.
  • Liaise with partner organisations, including the European Commission and develop and maintain good working relationships with senior 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 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 economics, social science or a related area, with a strong foundation in quantitative analysis and statistics.
Professional Background
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience of applied research or analysis in relevant areas acquired in a national administration, international organisation, university or research centre.
  • In-depth knowledge of the economics of inequality, social and fiscal policies, and recent policy developments and trends, preferably in a comparative context. Solid knowledge of applied labour economics is an advantage.
  • Proven ability to undertake high quality analysis.
  • Excellent drafting and communication skills, experience with customizing drafting and communication to different audiences, and proven ability to produce reports under tight deadlines.
  • Ability to develop and formulate clear policy recommendations based on analytical work.
  • Demonstrated experience with analysing income micro data and/or with developing and using tax-benefit models or similar analytical tools, ideally in the social protection field. Experience with administrative and/or longitudinal data is an advantage.
  • Demonstrated programming experience (STATA or similar). For the tax-benefit position, in-depth programming skills and extensive hands-on programming expertise are essential.
  • 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
  • 18 months fixed term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.
  • Depending on level of experience, monthly salary starts at either 5,500 EUR or 6,800 EUR, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.
Please note, the appointment may be made at a lower grade based on the qualifications and professional experience of the selected applicant.
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.
The OECD promotes an optimal use of resources in order to improve its efficiency and effectiveness. Staff members are encouraged to actively contribute to this goal.

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