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Senior Economist

Cornerstone Research
New York; Boston; Washington, DC; Chicago; San Francisco; Menlo Park; Los Angeles; London; Brussels
The base salary for the Senior Economist role with a relevant Ph.D. ranges from $240,000 to $280,000
Closing date
Aug 16, 2024

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Who We Are

Cornerstone Research is a leading economic and financial consulting firm with more than 900 staff members across nine offices. Together with an extensive network of internationally prominent faculty, we conduct rigorous, objective research applying the highest standards from  academia  to  address complex  financial,  economic,  accounting,  and  marketing  issues  that  arise  in  litigation  and regulatory investigation.

Cornerstone Research is involved in a broad variety of high-profile legal cases and disputes. Current matters focus on such topics as capital markets, business and securities valuation, M&A and corporate events, risk management, market competition, high-frequency trading, the impact of marketing on consumers, and patent infringement. For example, we address issues affecting the ongoing development of financial markets, such as applying frameworks at the intersection of finance and industrial organization economics to evaluate price setting in derivative markets. Beyond financial markets, we address financial economics issues arising in a range of other sectors, from such innovation-driven industries as life sciences and high technology to energy, telecommunications, and industrial markets. We address economic issues when evaluating potential mergers, claims of anticompetitive conduct, and the impact of intellectual property infringement.  We also address marketing and economic issues arising in cases with allegations of misleading marketing or false claims. More detail can be found on our website at

Senior Economists at Cornerstone Research

Cornerstone Research provides an interesting and rewarding work environment. Those joining our firm enjoy long-term career opportunities supported by our investments in their professional development and an escalating compensation structure including an industry-competitive salary and benefits package. Senior Economists work at the core of our client project teams and in the development of our practice, assuming increasing levels of responsibility. The firm has grown steadily over more than thirty years and we maintain a firm culture that is collegial, supportive, friendly, and collaborative.

We benefit from close collaboration with leading academics in finance and economics. Senior Economists help devise and apply innovative analytical approaches meeting the highest academic standards to address challenging issues arising in our work. We invest heavily in cutting edge information resources and computing capabilities and often have access to proprietary data to inform our analysis. Senior Economists help guide teams supported by our outstanding research analysts.

Career  development  includes  staying  attuned  to  the  latest  academic  research.  Senior Economists continue to hone their own research skills while building communications and managerial abilities. The firm supports the development of those interested in becoming testifying experts in some or all of their work, and of those not choosing that path. Either approach provides opportunities for career advancement.

Candidate Profile

Cornerstone Research provides exceptional career opportunities for those who have pursued doctoral studies in finance, economics, accounting, or marketing. Casework at Cornerstone Research challenges Ph.D. candidates to apply the entire breadth of theoretical and empirical skills gained through their doctoral training. Candidates must have the ability to apply academic research to real-world issues, present concise explanations of complex analyses, and independently manage projects and junior staff. The ideal candidate has at least three years of academic and/or nonacademic work experience; and has demonstrated strong analytical, communication, and teamwork skills. We offer an industry-competitive compensation and benefits package.

Interested candidates

Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and a sample research paper through our careers website. Please be sure to rank our offices in order of your location preferences, if any. We are currently hiring in our Boston, Brussels, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, Bay Area (San Francisco & Silicon Valley), and Washington, D.C. offices. Cornerstone Research will provide immigration assistance to eligible foreign nationals in accordance with the firm’s immigration policy and applicable law.


Cornerstone Research provides Equal Employment Opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to legally protected categories, such as age, sex, gender, gender identity, race, color, creed/religious belief, medical condition, predisposing genetic characteristics or genetic information or testing, disability, marital status, pregnancy status, military status, veteran status, arrest or conviction record (except where permitted by law), sexual orientation, ethnic background, citizen status, ancestry, national origin, or any other consideration protected by federal, state or local law.

Cornerstone Research offers a market-leading compensation and benefits package. The base salary for the Senior Economist role with a relevant Ph.D. ranges from $240,000 to $280,000. In addition to the base salary, new Senior Economists will be eligible for a signing bonus depending on skills, education, and based on performance, firm contributions, and other factors. Previous relevant work experience will be taken into consideration in determining compensation. Information about our benefits, including health and wellness and family support, can be found on the Careers page of our website.


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