Job Details

Requisition Number 19-0008
Post Date 1/31/2019
Title Financial 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 Summary

The PCAOB has a full-time, regular position for a Financial Economist in the Office of Economic and Risk Analysis (OERA). OERA 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.

The Financial Economist will prepare economic analysis of PCAOB standards and rules, apply economic and statistical analyses and empirical methods to matters of interest to the PCAOB, and identify and conduct research in support of the PCAOB mission. The Financial Economist will report to the Chief Economist.

The Financial Economist will work in the PCAOB’s Washington, DC headquarters office.


  • Develop economic analyses of PCAOB standards and rules.
  • Apply economic and statistical analyses to measure the effectiveness of PCAOB oversight activities and identify opportunities to improve the PCAOB’s critical processes.
  • Identify and conduct research on auditing matters that will inform the oversight activities of the PCAOB in protecting investors, including research suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journals.=
  • Write white/discussion papers on economic 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.
  • Manage and analyze public and proprietary data to support PCAOB initiatives and projects.
  • Work closely with staff from other offices within the PCAOB and from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to facilitate the OERA’s work.         


  • Ph.D. in economics, finance and accounting.
  • Experience in conducting empirical research related to auditing, financial statements, and financial markets.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

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.