FTC economists make independent policy recommendations to the Commission based on their theoretical and empirical analysis of relevant issues. Research by FTC economists is supported and encouraged, in part through the Bureau's working paper series, seminar series, and annual FTC Microeconomics Conference. FTC economists regularly present their work at seminars/conferences, and publish in top journals. Economists in all fields of applied microeconomics and econometrics are encouraged to apply.

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As an Economist at the Federal Trade Commission you will perform the following duties:

  • Applying statistical, mathematical, and econometric techniques to the analysis of data in order to give empirical content to economic theories and test hypotheses.
  • Providing analysis and interpretation of economic and related information that is relied upon in policy and program decision-making.
  • Identifying or designing the appropriate statistical tests of various theories, selecting or efficiently collecting the appropriate data to satisfy the theoretical requirements of the underlying model, and analyzing and reporting the results of that analysis.
  • Conducting investigations, reviews, and studies that apply a thorough knowledge of microeconomic theory to study the behavior of individual consumers, firms, and industries in order to analyze how markets establish relative prices among goods and services and thereby allocate limited resources among alternative uses.
  • Developing oral and written products, tailored to the needs of the audience, in support of recommendations involving such far-reaching issues as the economic aspects of new or proposed investigations, policies, or rules affecting FTC programs.
  • Drafting, presenting, and defending positions for policy or enforcement decisions.
  • Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    Conditions of Employment

    • U.S. citizenship requirement must be met by the closing date of this vacancy.
    • This position is subject to a background investigation.
    • Males born after December 31, 1959 must register with Selective Service.
    • You may serve a one-year probationary period under this appointment.


    To qualify for an Economist position, you must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Basic Requirements:
    1. Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.
    2. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in 1 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.In addition to the above, you must meet the requirements described below:

    You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of qualifying experience equivalent to the next lower level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector or academia, performing the following types of tasks:

    GS-12 Level:
    You must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in federal service or private sector or academia. Examples of qualifying experience may include: co-authoring an unpublished research paper and/or working on an economic research project applying quantitative and analytical skills.

    GS-13 Level:
    You must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the federal service or private sector or academia.
    Examples of qualifying experience may include: applying statistical research techniques to collect and interpret data and/or developing new economic models or theories; serving as an economic research analyst/assistant for a professor.

    GS-14 Level:
    You must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the federal service or private sector or academia. Examples of qualifying experience may include: independently preparing economic reports or studies that require advanced research techniques and crafting independent research that demonstrates familiarity with advanced analytical techniques that produced evidence of results.

    GS-15 Level:
    You must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the federal service or private sector or academia. Examples of qualifying experience may include: authoring published research articles/books on topics in microeconomics and/or serving as a consultant or advisor on technical economic issues and/or supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economist that results in providing technical advice or recommendations of action.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience

    Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.


    THIS POSITION HAS AN EDCUATION REQUIRMENT: You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement. You are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of your transcripts. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer.

    GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http: www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

    Additional information

    This announcement will be filled through OPM-authorized Direct Hire Authority due to a Critical Hiring Need. Veterans preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to this vacancy. Click Here for more information on OPM's authorization of Direct Hire Authorities

    .A newly appointed or reappointed employee may receive service credit for prior work experience or active duty uniformed service that otherwise would not be creditable for the purpose of determining his or her annual leave accrual rate. All creditable service must be directly related to the duties of the position being filled and decisions to allow for such credit must be finalized prior to the selectee's entrance on duty. The use of this service credit incentive is at the discretion of the selecting official and service credit is granted only for a position deemed hard-to-fill.

    Qualified applicants must exhibit thorough comprehension of microeconomic analysis and effective written and oral communication skills. Economists in all fields of applied microeconomics or econometrics are encouraged to apply.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.


    If your resume or application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Your resume or application must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume or application contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level.

    If you meet the minimum qualification requirements, you will be referred to the selecting official. If your resume does not support the specialized experience, your final rating may be modified and you may be removed from consideration.

    The Human Resources Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating. Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    High Risk (HR)

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    The following information must be received by 11:59pm ET on the closing date of the announcement. 1. Resume via USA Jobs, 2. Responses to online questionnaire, 3. If applicable, the following supporting documentation listed below:

  • Resume– Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone number, employment information such as: Employer name and location; From and to dates (or from date to present for current position), which include the month and year for each description of experience, with grade level held, if applicable, education, training etc. Your description of experience and education must be able to support any claim for qualifying for this position.
  • Schedule A– In order to receive consideration under the Schedule A authority, you must provide a certification of job readiness printed on a medical professional's letterhead and signed. For more information, please visit USAJOBS Individuals with Disabilities ( https: www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/individuals-with-disabilities/ ).
  • Current or former Federal employees– If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must submit a copy of your SF-50 that shows competitive service appointment, tenure group, grade, and salary. Employees applying with an interchange agreement must provide proof of their permanent appointment. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 that shows the length of time you have been in the next lower grade level. (Examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, within grade/range increases, and SF-50s one or more years old).
  • To help you ensure your application fully outlines your qualifications and eligibility for this position, please submit the following documentation as appropriate. Some of the items listed may not apply to you.

    Application Package Checklist:

  • Announcement number, title, and grade(s) of the position
  • Full name, mailing address (including zip code) and day and evening phone numbers (with area code)
  • Statement that you are a U.S. citizen
  • Current Federal employees serving on a competitive career or career conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible must submit a copy of their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50).
  • Copy of DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) (only if claiming veteran's preference)
  • SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference) plus the support documentation required by this form (if claiming 10-point veteran's preference)
  • Resume with paid and non-paid work experience related to the position. For each period of Work experience include:
    • Job title
    • Series/grade (if Federal employment)
    • Duties and accomplishments
    • Employer's name and address
    • Supervisor's name and contact information
    • Starting and ending dates of employment (month/day/year)
    • Number of hours worked per week
    • Salary
    • Indicate if we may contact current supervisor/employer
    • Other job related information, such as training courses (title & year); skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, etc.)
    • Honors, awards, and special accomplishments
  • Certificates/licenses (current).
  • A Legible copy of college transcripts (if qualifying all or in part on the basis of Education for this position)
  • Supporting documentation for eligibility for special hiring authorities, such as disability, Peace Corps service, etc.
  • A writing sample. (preferably sole-authored)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation should be provided via email to econrecruitftc.gov .
  • If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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