Economist – Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Division, Paris, France 134 views

The OECD is a global economic forum working with 36 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 Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Directorate, in line with the strategic objectives of the Secretary-General, helps OECD member countries and other key economies build an environment conducive to translating science, technology and knowledge into innovation in order to create economic and social value added.

The Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (PIE) Division of the STI is responsible for comparative analyses of the microeconomic drivers of economic growth, productivity, business dynamism and innovation, as well as the ways in which these are affected by globalisation, the digital transformation and structural change.

STI/PIE is looking for an Economist to work on various projects under the aegis of the Committee on Industry, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE), primarily related to the Committee’s work on productivity and employment/business dynamics, including the work on distributed microdata (DynEmp and MultiProd projects).

  • Productivity: this area of work focuses on exploiting firm-level data directly and through micro-aggregation to understand the micro drivers of aggregate productivity performance across countries. The empirical analysis focuses on documenting and understanding: productivity dispersion and productivity growth; changes in the competitive environment (and, in particular, mark-ups); the role that changes in technology and competition have in explaining current productivity trends.
  • Employment and business dynamics: this area of work focuses on exploiting firm-level data, directly and through micro-aggregation, to understand business and employment dynamics in OECD and non-OECD countries. The empirical analysis focuses on documenting and understanding: the role of new (digital) technologies for employment and business dynamics; the role that structural and policy factors may have in explaining changes in business dynamism; the dynamics of start-ups/young firms and the role of policy to boost firm entry/upscaling.

The selected persons will work under the supervision of the Head of the Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (PIE) Division within STI.

Main Responsibilities

Management, analysis and empirical work

  • Undertake research and produce documents, working papers and publications on the above topics.
  • Collect and/or analyse firm-level data and/or micro-aggregated data on productivity, employment and business dynamics across countries, producing statistical codes and implementing advanced econometric analyses as needed
  • Develop empirical strategies to provide the evidence base needed to answer policy-relevant issues in the field of productivity or employment/business dynamics.
  • Lead the analytical work on the above-mentioned topics in close cooperation with delegates of the Working Party on Industry Analysis (WPIA) and researchers at national statistical offices, ministries and research centres and manage projects related to the work programme of the Committee on Industry, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
  • Supervise, as needed the work of Junior Economists, consultants, statistical assistants and interns.

Dissemination, liaison, outreach and communication

  • Represent the OECD in international and national forums and deliver presentations and papers.
  • Contribute to horizontal projects and other activities in line with OECD-wide priorities associated with their expertise.
  • Establish and maintain professional contacts with other parts of the OECD, research and government institutions in OECD member and non-member countries, key organisations and individuals outside the OECD, and member country delegations to the OECD.
  • Contribute to the management and expansion of networks of experts in countries participating to the projects of the Division.
  • Contribute to the development of effective dissemination strategies and adapt key policy messages to meet the needs of different audiences.
  • Keep abreast of relevant policy developments and discussions in member countries and participate in missions as required

Ideal Candidate Profile

Academic Background

  • An advanced university degree, preferably a Ph.D., in economics (or another relevant field of study with a strong foundation in quantitative analysis and applied econometrics), possibly with a focus on productivity or employment/business dynamics.

Professional Background

  • Minimum three, preferably five years’ experience with structural, microeconomic policy issues, notably related to productivity, mark-ups, employment/business dynamics and/or innovation and in economic policy issues acquired in a policy-oriented environment.
  • Experience with i) administrative micro-data (such as business registers, production surveys, innovation surveys, or linked-employer employee data), from a single-country and across countries; ii) commercial cross-country firm-level data (e.g., Orbis, Amadeus) would also be an advantage; iii) keeping contacts with cross-country professional networks (e.g., governments, statistical agencies) and iv) organising workshops/events in the field of productivity/employment and business dynamics would be an advantage.
  • Familiarity with advanced econometrics methods, machine learning and/or structural micro-economic modelling (productivity, mark-ups) would also be an advantage.


  • Good command of Microsoft Office and of software used for statistical analysis.
  • Excellent knowledge of Stata is required.
  • A working knowledge of other statistical software (e.g., R, git) would be an advantage.


  • Fluency in one of the two OECD official languages (English and French) and a knowledge of the other, with a commitment to reach a good working level.

Core Competencies

  • For this role, the following competencies would be particularly important: Achievement focus, Analytical thinking, Drafting skills, Managing resources, Teamwork.
  • Please refer to the level 3 indicators of the OECD Core Competencies.

Contract Duration

  • Thirteen-month fixed term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.

What the OECD offers

  • Depending on level of experience, monthly salary starts at either 5,975 EUR or 7,370 EUR, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.

Please note that 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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