Job Details

Requisition Number 20-0052
Post Date 2/21/2020
Title Behavioral Economist
Division Office of Economic and Risk Analysis
PT/FT Full Time
City Washington
State DC

Our Mission

The PCAOB oversees the audits of public companies and SEC-registered brokers and dealers in order to protect investors and further the public interest in the preparation of informative, accurate, and independent audit reports.

Job Description

The PCAOB has a full-time, regular position for a Behavioral Economist with expertise in behavioral science in the Office of Economic and Risk Analysis (ERA). ERA is responsible for conducting the PCAOB’s economic analysis, research, risk assessments and other data analysis in support of the entire range of PCAOB activities, including standard-setting, inspection, enforcement and other oversight activities.  These efforts use data collected through PCAOB regulatory activities, primary data collection, from other regulatory agencies, and purchased from third-party vendors.

The Behavioral Economist will apply behavioral methods to matters of interest to the PCAOB and will work in the PCAOB’s Washington, DC headquarters office.


  • Apply behavioral science techniques (such as experiments, surveys, and in-depth interviews) to inform and participate in the PCAOB’s policymaking process, measure the effectiveness of PCAOB oversight activities, and identify opportunities to improve critical PCAOB processes.
  • Design and conduct high-quality research on matters that can inform PCAOB activities in protecting investors, including research suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Assist in building the PCAOB’s capacity to perform behavioral research, including evaluating potential opportunities to collaborate across PCAOB divisions and with external organizations.
  • Identify and review relevant existing research on economic and behavioral issues related to PCAOB programs.
  • Work with outside experts in academia and industry to further strengthen the PCAOB’s understanding of auditing and its impact in capital markets.
  • Work closely with staff from other offices within the PCAOB and from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to facilitate ERA’s work.


  • Ph.D. in economics, finance, accounting, marketing, or a related discipline.
  • Experience using techniques from economics, decision science, statistics, or marketing to plan and complete social/behavioral studies.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, as demonstrated by ability to communicate with a range of contacts, including those with technical and non-technical backgrounds.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to clearly articulate a position with sound logic, supporting empirical evidence, and impartiality.
  • Ability to effectively represent the organization to a variety of both internal and external constituencies.
  • A self-starter able to administer a number of open, ongoing assignments at any one time, where some assignments are routinely unstructured, requiring autonomy and independent judgment.
  • Demonstrated success in establishing and maintaining positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.
  • Knowledge of corporate finance, auditing, and/or investor behavior is a plus.
  • Familiarity with regulation or applied public policy is a plus.

Our Values

As we seek to accomplish our mission and implement our vision, we expect integrity, pursue excellence, operate with effectiveness, embrace collaboration, and demand accountability.

Equal Employment Opportunity

All PCAOB employees are entitled to equal opportunity and a professional work environment, free of discrimination and harassment. A workplace free of discrimination is fundamental to professional success and to the PCAOB's mission. The PCAOB will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable law.