Research Fellow: Economics and Research Fellow: Data Analyst

Job Title: Research Fellow: Economics and Research Fellow: Data Analyst

Working For: Policy Exchange Limited

Location: London

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience

Job Details

Policy Exchange is looking for two outstanding career professionals to join our Economics Unit. Both roles would include working with leading economist and commentator Roger Bootle on long-term projects, and providing research inputs to these projects.

The Economics Unit examines key questions in macro and microeconomics, and social policy more broadly.  Policy Exchange’s proposals regularly become Government policy and our alumni often take senior roles inside Government, including the current Prime Minister.

While both roles would require strong quantitative skills as well as facility in macro and microeconomics, we are looking for one role with more of an emphasis on macroeconomics, and one with an emphasis on data analytics more broadly, including non-economic datasets.

Job role

  • Conducting in-depth research into macroeconomics and public policy
  • Presenting your research in coherent, well-argued and detailed reports.
  • Writing in other formats, such as opinion articles for high-profile publications, including leading dailies, trade publications and online sources. Policy Exchange’s work has appeared in most mainstream media in the UK, as well as many international titles.
  • Helping to organise events hosted at Policy Exchange and the Party Conferences associated with your issue area.
  • Presenting your ideas in different formats to a range of audiences including Ministers and MPs, civil servants, journalists, academics, policy experts and your colleagues.
  • Actively supporting fundraising activities, particularly around party conference and policy reports.
  • Taking an active role in networking with stakeholders in politics, policy development, academia, business and beyond.

The successful applicants will have

  • Minimum 1-5 years’ experience in economic analysis and/or statistical analysis.
  • A degree and/or extensive experience in a subject related to economics, political economy and/or public policy which included a quantitative component.
  • Superb writing and analytical skills, including the ability to explain complex ideas clearly and make a persuasive and well-structured argument.
  • Experience of statistical modelling, and using statistical and modelling software (such as R or Stata) would be a distinct advantage, particularly for the data analyst roll
  • An interest in British politics, and an understanding of the policy-making process in the United Kingdom.
  • The Ability to access research in languages other than English would be a distinct advantage.
  • Excellent organisational skills, and an enthusiastic and can-do attitude.

Closing Date: 24 April

Interview/Start Dates

We will begin interviewing and make an appointment as soon as we start receiving applications, so please apply immediately and no later than 5PM, 17 April.

Application Details

Please send a copy of your CV and one recent sample of relevant written work to

Please also include two 500-word responses to two of the following questions.

  1. How should the United Kingdom address current non-participation in the labour market?
  2. What, in your view, is the most important cause of the UK’s low productivity?
  3. What, in your view, are the most effective tools to address the current pressures on the cost of living?
  4. What role should economic forecasting play in policy making?


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