Principal Economist
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Advisory Segment
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Atlanta - Georgia - United States of America, Boston - Massachusetts - United States of America

At Econometric Advisors (EA), we develop datasets, models, and software that provide historical perspectives and expert forward-looking outlooks on commercial real estate performance. Our subscription-based platform provides unmatched intelligence and differentiated access to market rent and cap rate analytics that power the industry’s forward-thinking ideas. EA’s suite of interactive tools gives top investors and occupiers access to clearer insights on market behaviors to inform their biggest real estate investment decisions. This pursuit has been a priority at CBRE for 30+ years and we need your help in developing the next generation of datasets and models.

We are looking for an experienced principal economist to lead a cross-functional team of experts. As principal economist, you will be required to use your expert skills in academic research to develop new commercially relevant data products that enhance EA’s suite of tools leveraged by investors, occupiers, and CBRE transaction professionals as they make decisions or recommendations around managing real estate portfolios. You will be expected to be professionally competent in macro-economics, micro-economics, and econometrics.

Candidates must be able manage and lead people as well as developing a pipeline of original research which is relevant to the needs of business. The intellectual leadership involved in this role means that aa PhD is required. You will ideally have a body of knowledge, an established network of university contacts in the field of real estate, and a reasonable publication track record in macroeconomics, urban economics, real estate, or applied econometrics. Candidates with expertise in other areas of economics will be considered if they have the requisite intellectual capital and managerial skills.


  • Maintain and enhance CBRE EA’s relationship in the marketplace and help the management team enhance its revenues over time.
  • Support our macro economists to monitor and interpret economic, demographic, and real estate indicators that inform CBRE’s macroeconomic outlook scenarios used for modeling/forecasting and make substantive contributions to the outlook.
  • Leverage and apply university research in real estate economics to create insights, products, and forecasts useful (and saleable) to large corporate occupiers and investors.
  • Mentor a team of highly motivated economists, so that they achieve career development and a sense of satisfaction about their work.
  • Organize and lead regular project status and working meetings. Prepare and distribute progress reports; manage risks and issues; correct deviations from plans; and perform delivery planning.
  • Be, or become, acknowledged industry expert on real estate data.  Enhance existing databases and work with the principal data scientist to create new ones.
  • Represent CBRE at meetings of RERI, PREA, NCREIF, ULI, and other top industry events.
  • Maintain familiarity with quarterly workflows and testing of models that are used in production and act as subject matter expert in conjunction with others to influence continuous improvement.
  • Other managerial responsibilities or individual duties may be assigned.  



Ph.D. in economics, statistics, or related subject.

A minimum of ten years related experience, training, published research, and/or consulting.

Professional competence in econometrics.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Strong organizational and analytical skills.

Ability to work well under pressure, with multiple/competing deadlines.