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TIAA Economist, TIAA Institute in New York, New York


TIAA is the leading provider of financial services in the academic, research, medical, cultural and government fields. We offer a wide range of financial solutions, including investing, banking, advice and education, and retirement services.


Economist, TIAA Institute

The Economist develops, conducts and communicates original research that builds thought leadership preeminence for the TIAA Institute in its areas of focus, addresses institutional and client needs, and aligns with TIAA business priorities. While managing large projects with limited oversight from their manager, this job strategizes in the areas of financial literacy and wellness, retirement benefit plan design and effectiveness, household retirement security, and organizational effectiveness in the higher education sector.

Key Responsibilities and Duties

  • Develops and conducts research projects that support the Institute’s strategic research agenda.

  • Presents research findings to business partners, institutional clients and at academic conferences.

  • Conducts research through creation of traditional and non-traditional datasets in both cross-sectional and panel forms from large and complex raw data sets.


  • 5 Years Required; 7 Years Preferred

  • University (Degree), Preferred

Physical Requirements

  • Physical Requirements: Sedentary Work

Preferred Education

  • Doctoral Degree

  • University (Degree)

Career Level


Required Qualifications:

  • Five years of demonstrating research experience aligned with Institute focus areas.

  • Five years of strong programming skills in SAS, SQL, STATA, R, or Python.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. – earned Doctorate degree in economics or finance.

  • Ability to handle multiple projects and responsibilities in a timely fashion.

  • Strong presentation skills.

  • Exceptional work ethic, results driven and action oriented.

  • Prior experience working for a think-tank.

  • Experience working with large databases.

Note: Years of experience includes education time, looking for candidate with PhD level education and commiserate research experience as a part of graduate study.

Minimum Pay: $97,200.00

The organization is committed to making financial well-being possible for its clients, and is equally committed to the well-being of our associates. That’s why we offer a comprehensive Total Rewards package designed to make a positive difference in the lives of our associates and their loved ones. Our benefits include a superior retirement program and highly competitive health, wellness and work life offerings that can help you achieve and maintain your best possible physical, emotional and financial well-being. To learn more about your benefits, please review our Benefits Summary ( .

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