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Working As An Economic Research Analyst

  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Processing Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $75,716

    Average Salary

What Does An Economic Research Analyst Do

Economists study the production and distribution of resources, goods, and services by collecting and analyzing data, researching trends, and evaluating economic issues. 

Duties

Economists typically do the following:

  • Research and analyze economic issues
  • Conduct surveys and collect data
  • Analyze data using mathematical models and statistical techniques
  • Prepare reports, tables, and charts and present research results
  • Interpret and forecast market trends
  • Advise businesses, governments, and individuals on economic topics
  • Design policies or make recommendations for solving economic problems
  • Write articles for publication in academic journals and other media sources

Economists apply economic analysis to issues within a variety of fields, such as education, health, development, and the environment. Some economists study the cost of products, healthcare, or energy. Others examine employment levels, business cycles, exchange rates, taxes, inflation, or interest rates. 

Economists often study historical trends and use them to make forecasts. They research and analyze data using a variety of software programs, including spreadsheets, statistical analysis, and database management programs. They sometimes give a presentation of their research to various audiences. 

Many economists work in federal, state, and local government. Federal government economists collect and analyze data about the U.S. economy, including employment, prices, productivity, and wages, among other types of data. They also project spending needs and inform policymakers on the economic impact of laws and regulations.

Economists working for corporations help them understand how the economy will affect their business. Specifically, economists may analyze issues such as consumer demand and sales to help a company maximize its profits.

Economists also work for research firms and think tanks, where they study and analyze a variety of economic issues. Their analyses and forecasts are frequently published in newspapers and journal articles. 

Some economists work for companies with major international operations and for international organizations such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and United Nations.

Many economists become postsecondary teachers.

The following are examples of types of economists:

Behavioral economists study the effects of psychological and social factors on the economic decisionmaking of an individual. They research how these factors lead to and affect the outcome of an economic decision.

Econometricians develop models and use mathematical analyses to test economic relationships. They use techniques such as calculus, game theory, and regression analysis to explain economic facts or trends in all areas of economics. 

Financial economists analyze savings, investments, and risk. They also study financial markets and financial institutions. 

Industrial organization economists study how companies within an industry are organized and how they compete. They also examine how antitrust laws, which regulate attempts by companies to restrict competition, affect markets.

International economists study international trade and the impact of tariffs and trade restrictions. They also examine global financial markets and exchange rates. 

Labor economists study the supply of workers and the demand for labor by employers. They research employment levels and how wages are set. They also analyze the effects of labor-related policies, such as minimum wage laws, and institutions, such as unions.

Macroeconomists and monetary economists examine the economy as a whole. They may research trends related to unemployment, inflation, and economic growth. They also study fiscal and monetary policies, which examine the effects of money supply and interest rates on the economy. 

Microeconomists analyze supply and demand decisions of individuals and firms. For example, they may determine the quantity of products consumers will demand at a particular price.

Public finance economists analyze the role of government in the economy. Specifically, they may analyze the effects of tax cuts, budget deficits, and welfare policies.

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How To Become An Economic Research Analyst

Most economists need a master’s degree or Ph.D. However, some entry-level jobs—primarily in government—are available for workers with a bachelor’s degree.

Education

A master’s degree or Ph.D. is required for most economist jobs. Positions in business, research, or international organizations often require a combination of graduate education and work experience. 

Students can pursue an advanced degree in economics with a bachelor’s degree in a number of fields, but a strong background in mathematics is essential. A Ph.D. in economics may require several years of study after earning a bachelor’s degree, including completion of detailed research in a specialty field.

Candidates with a bachelor’s degree may qualify for some entry-level economist positions, including jobs with the federal government. An advanced degree is sometimes required for advancement to higher level positions.

Most students who complete a bachelor’s degree in economics find jobs outside the economics profession as research assistants, financial analysts, market research analysts, and similar positions in business, finance, and consulting. 

Other Experience

Aspiring economists can gain valuable experience from internships that involve gathering and analyzing data, researching economic issues and trends, and writing reports on their findings. In addition, related experience, such as working in business or finance, can be advantageous. 

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Economists must be able to review data, observe patterns, and draw logical conclusions. For example, some economists analyze historical employment trends to make future projections on jobs.

Communication skills. Economists must be able to explain their work to others. They may give presentations, explain reports, or advise clients on economic issues. They may collaborate with colleagues and sometimes must explain economic concepts to those without a background in economics. 

Critical-thinking skills. Economists must be able to use logic and reasoning to solve complex problems. For instance, they might identify how economic trends may affect an organization. 

Detail oriented. Economists must pay attention to details. Precise data analysis is necessary to ensure accuracy in their findings.

Math skills. Economists use the principles of statistics, calculus, and other advanced topics in mathematics in their economic analyses.

Writing skills. Economists must be able to present their findings clearly. Many economists prepare reports for colleagues or clients; others write for publication in journals or for news media.

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Economic Research Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

58.4%

Female

38.6%

Unknown

3.0%
Ethnicity

White

52.9%

Asian

16.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Black or African American

10.7%

Unknown

5.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

30.0%

Arabic

10.0%

Portuguese

5.0%

Filipino

5.0%

Albanian

5.0%

French

5.0%

Amharic

5.0%

Urdu

5.0%

Yoruba

5.0%

Bengali

5.0%

Russian

5.0%

Italian

5.0%

Assamese

5.0%

Hindi

5.0%
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Economic Research Analyst Education

Schools

Georgetown University

9.7%

Columbia University

9.7%

Brown University

6.5%

Carnegie Mellon University

6.5%

Washington State University

6.5%

University of Texas at Austin

6.5%

University of Delaware

6.5%

University of Missouri - Columbia

6.5%

University of North Florida

6.5%

University of Dayton

3.2%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.2%

Appalachian School of Law

3.2%

New York University

3.2%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3.2%

California State University - Fullerton

3.2%

Indiana State University

3.2%

Columbus State University

3.2%

Harvard University

3.2%

New York Institute of Technology - Old Westbury

3.2%

University of Kansas

3.2%
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Majors

Economics

32.1%

Business

16.7%

Finance

10.7%

Law

4.8%

Psychology

3.6%

Political Science

3.6%

Mathematics

3.6%

Computer Science

3.6%

Public Administration

3.6%

Statistics

2.4%

Writing

2.4%

International Relations

2.4%

Public Policy Analysis

2.4%

International Business

1.2%

Natural Resources Management

1.2%

Management Science

1.2%

Management

1.2%

Family And Consumer Economics

1.2%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

1.2%

Business Economics

1.2%
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Degrees

Masters

52.0%

Bachelors

29.6%

Doctorate

9.2%

Other

7.1%

Certificate

2.0%
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Real Economic Research Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Economic Research Analyst Economic Cycle Research Institute, Inc. New York, NY Jan 06, 2016 $132,642
Economic Research Analyst Sac Capital Advisors, LP Boston, MA Jul 01, 2010 $115,000
Economic Research Analyst S.A.C. Capital Advisors L.P. New York, NY Sep 30, 2012 $90,000
Research Analyst-Macro Economics Marketfield Asset Management LLC New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $75,000 -
$100,000
Economic Research Analyst T.A.McKay & Co., Inc. New York, NY Nov 01, 2016 $75,000
Economic Research Analyst T.A.McKay & Co., Inc. New York, NY Oct 16, 2014 $75,000
Economic & Research Analyst Taylor-Dejongh, Inc. Washington, DC Oct 26, 2009 $74,000 -
$79,000
Economic Research Analyst Economic Cycle Research Institute Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2013 $72,000
Economic Research Analyst Lightstone Real Estate Partners LLC New York, NY Jul 15, 2016 $71,000
Economic Research Analyst Lightstone Real Estate Partners LLC New York, NY Apr 07, 2016 $71,000
Economic Research Analyst GDS Publishing Inc. New York, NY Jan 15, 2015 $70,500
Economic Research Analyst Eric Krupnik CPA, PLLC New York, NY Mar 25, 2015 $70,325
Economic Research Analyst Eric Krupnik CPA, PLLC New York, NY Apr 01, 2015 $70,325
Economic Research Analyst (Automotive Industry) Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Oct 12, 2009 $70,000
Economic Research Analyst Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. Washington, DC Apr 09, 2016 $69,493 -
$89,003
Economic Research Analyst MacRoeconomic Consultants, Inc. Saint Louis, MO Apr 14, 2014 $67,723
Economic Research Analyst MacRoeconomic Consultants, Inc. Saint Louis, MO Mar 24, 2014 $67,500
Economic Research Analyst MacRoeconomic Consultants, Inc. Saint Louis, MO Sep 17, 2014 $67,500
Economic Research Analyst MacRoeconomic Consultants, Inc. Saint Louis, MO Sep 09, 2014 $67,500
Economic Research Analyst Claremont McKenna College Claremont, CA Nov 15, 2012 $62,610
Economics Researcher/Data Analyst Rothey, Bell & Taub, Inc. Cleveland, OH Aug 02, 2010 $62,610
Economic Research Analyst (Global Trade) Thermaltake (U.S.A.) Inc. Industry, CA Sep 16, 2014 $60,126
Economic Research Analyst 2M Research Services Arlington, TX Sep 13, 2016 $60,000
Economic Research Analyst Integra Microsystem 1988 Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $58,531
Economic Research Analyst Integra Microsystem 1988 Inc. New York, NY Oct 07, 2009 $58,000
Economic Research Analyst Integra Microsystem 1988 Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2009 $58,000

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Top Skills for An Economic Research Analyst

  1. Financial Models
  2. Market Trends
  3. Data Analysis
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  • Manage financial models and data to analyze and write strategies on economic outlook.
  • Settle on the methodologies and procedures for carrying out effectual data analysis.
  • Coordinated market research via experts in New York, London, Dublin, Tokyo, and Sydney.
  • Conducted efficient data management, statistical analysis using SAS for studies, and implemented advanced statistical methodologies.
  • Created an economic analysis tool and an outline for a book on economics.

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