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Tax Policy Economist


  • Organization: OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • Location: Paris
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Political Affairs
    • Legal - Broad
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
    • Economics
  • Closing Date: Closed

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organisation comprised of 38 member countries, that works to build better policies for better lives. Our mission is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. Together with governments, policy makers and citizens, we work on establishing evidence-based international standards, and finding solutions to a range of social, economic and environmental challenges. From improving economic performance and creating jobs to fostering strong education and fighting international tax evasion, we provide a unique forum and knowledge hub for data and analysis, exchange of experiences, best-practice sharing, and advice on public policies and international standard-setting.

The OECD has earned a leading role in international tax issues. The Centre for Tax Policy and Administration (CTPA) is the focal point for the OECD’s work on all taxation issues, both international and domestic, and it works to advance the Strategic Orientations of the Secretary General, ensuring impact of the OECD tax work in the international governance architecture. The CTPA collaborates with other parts of the Organisation on issues such as the digitalisation of the global economy, tax and climate change, tax and inclusive growth, and the impact of taxation on labour markets and several other multidisciplinary projects. The CTPA also provides the analytical support to the OECD’s Committee on Fiscal Affairs, which consists of senior tax policy and administration officials from OECD countries, Associate and Partner countries and other international and regional tax organisations. It also supports the work of the 141 members of the Inclusive Framework on BEPS.  Through its work, the CTPA enhances the OECD’s global role in standard-setting, building knowledge, communicating with the world and interacting with governments and stakeholders from around the world to inform and influence policy making in the tax area.

The Country Tax Policy Unit is part of the CTPA’s Tax Policy and Statistics Division, which is an inter-disciplinary team of economists, statisticians and policy analysts who are focused on providing internationally comparable tax statistics and delivering high-quality economic analysis and tax policy advice. The Country Tax Policy Unit focuses on country-specific tax policy analysis and brings together the different streams of tax policy work in a comprehensive manner.

CTPA  is looking for several Tax Policy Economists to contribute to the work on country tax policy analysis in general, and domestic resource mobilisation through tax reform in developing and emerging economies, in particular. The main area of work of the Tax Policy Economist(s) will centre around financing social protection through tax reform, including strategies to finance Universal Social Protection via contributory or non-contributory schemes in a context of informality and linkages with incentives to work in the formal sector. The Tax Policy Economist(s) will also work on a broader range of topics, including tax expenditures, tax and informality, presumptive tax regimes, health taxes, the taxation of the self-employed in developing countries, and other projects that would allow low- and middle-income countries to raise more tax revenues in ways that support inclusive growth.

The selected candidate(s) will report to the Head of the the Country Tax Policy Unit in the CTPA’s Tax Policy and Statistics Division.

Main Responsibilities

Analysis of tax policy in developing and emerging countries

  • Contribute to the work on financing social protection in low- and middle-income countries through tax and social security reform. Develop country-specific recommendations to increase the funding for social protection in ways that do not discourage formal sector employment and business activity.
  • Contribute to the tax policy analysis of countries’ tax systems, with a particular focus on developing and emerging economies. Benchmark tax systems and policies including by looking at the efficiency, effectiveness, simplicity and fairness of tax systems. Identify opportunities and constraints to tax reforms in individual countries. Formulate country-specific tax policy reform recommendations.
  • Assess tax expenditures in the personal income tax, corporate income tax and value added tax systems to assess revenue foregone and other effects based on different data sources and methodologies. Assist countries to improve their tax expenditure reports.
  • Assess options for tax reforms and their impacts in a context of informal economy, taking into account linkages with avoidance, evasion, tax revenues, efficiency and equity.
  • Assess the design of health taxes in OECD and non-OECD member countries.
  • Carry out empirical analysis of existing components of the tax systems and potential reforms, including both micro-data analysis and simulations and more aggregate/macro-based approaches.
  • Build and maintain indicators that are useful inputs to country tax policy analysis work.
  • Evaluate the design of the tax system for the self-employed in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Support governments, and Ministries of Finance in particular, with the assessment and implementation of tax policy reforms


  • Draft papers and reports on country tax policy.
  • Prepare briefing material as necessary for senior OECD officials.
  • Assist the Head of the TPS Division and the Head of the Country Tax Policy Unit with the preparation of material for the delivery of presentations on tax policy.

Liaison, representation and communication

  • Foster collaboration within and outside the TPS Division.
  • Respond to internal and external requests for country tax policy information.
  • Present main findings and conclusions to wide audiences.

Other duties

  • Participate in country tax policy missions to member countries or non-member economies, as required.

Ideal Candidate Profile

Academic Background

  • An advanced university degree in one of the following disciplines\: economics, public finance, tax policy or similar professional qualifications

Professional Background

  • At least three, preferably five, years experience in economics, public finance and/ or tax policy
  • Demonstrated knowledge of developing countries
  • Experience in economic analysis, with good knowledge of public finance including taxation
  • Ability to synthesize complex material
  • Experience undertaking or supporting policy-relevant research


  • Confirmed knowledge of statistical software such as R or STATA


  • Fluency in one of the two OECD official languages (English and French) and knowledge of the other, with a commitment to reach a good working level.
  • Knowledge of Spanish would be an asset.

Core Competencies

  • For this role, the following competencies would be particularly important\: Achievement focus, Analytical thinking, Drafting skills, Flexible thinking, Diplomacy and Teamwork.
  • Please refer to the level 3 indicators of the OECD Core Competencies.

Contract Duration

  • 18 months fixed term appointment, with the possibility of renewal.

What the OECD offers

  • Depending on level of experience, monthly salary starts at either 6,308 EUR or 7,784 EUR, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.
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  • Please note that the appointment may be made at a lower grade based on the qualifications and professional experience of the selected applicant.

The OECD is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes the applications of all qualified candidates who are nationals of OECD member countries irrespective of their racial or ethnic origin, opinions or beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, health or disabilities.

The OECD promotes an optimal use of resources in order to improve its efficiency and effectiveness. Staff members are encouraged to actively contribute to this goal

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