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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Department of Economics seeks to appoint a Research Area Specialist Associate at the Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics (RSQE). RSQE—founded by Lawrence Klein in 1952—publishes forecasts of the US and Michigan economies, advises university and government officials, participates in revenue estimation for the State of Michigan, and informs the public about economic issues facing the state. 


Participate as a junior analyst on RSQE's forecasts of the Michigan economy.  Under general direction of faculty, senior research personnel, and/or managers, help conduct research projects according to plan.  Update databases using private and public economic datasets.  Programming using Eviews and Stata to run the forecasting model and do economic analysis with supervision. Writing up forecast and analysis results and preparing presentations.

More information about RSQE can be found at

Required Qualifications*

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in economics or related field of study, with knowledge of statistical methodologies and economic forecasting, as well as outstanding communication skills.  Proven ability to analyze, compare and evaluate economic data and effectively communicate results.  Demonstrated ability to do economic analysis, and basic programming and quantitative skills a must.

Desired Qualifications*

Preference will be given to candidates with a master’s degree in economics or a related field, with demonstrated scholarship in the form of publications in the fields of economics, statistics and quantitative methods.  Familiarity with Eviews and Strata preferred.

Additional Information

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Background Screening

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Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.