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"I learned a lot about U.S. agricultural economic policy."

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Current Employee - Agricultural Economist in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Agricultural Economist in Washington, DC

Pros

There are a lot a resources for research support--money to support co-authors, money for conference travel, money to organize small conferences, and money to buy data. This is one of the world's largest concentration of PhDs with an interest in agricultural economics. There are opportunities to do policy-relevant research, and ERS has a reputation among agricultural policymakers and stakeholders for doing good empirical research. The work-life balance is good. It's possible (although becoming more difficult) to be promoted to the GS-15 level as a researcher without having to go into management.

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The standards for what is good research are those of agricultural economics, which tend to be different from (some would say lower than) the standards in the rest of economics. In one sense this is good, because the bar for promotion should be lower. But some of the senior management (as opposed to branch chiefs) don't seem to be able to tell the difference between high quality research and low quality research, or at least they don't seem to reward it. There is a review process for promotion, but it's fairly opaque. Compensation is good for agricultural economics, but on the low side for economics. Some of the more experienced staff (of which there are many) are about 20 years behind the research frontier. Some of these same experienced staff have no respect for newer staff if the newer staff did not grow up on a farm, even though in many cases the newer staff have better econometric skills. In some cases the lack of respect is quite overt. Management seems to recognize this, but they don't seem to be able to do anything about it.

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    Former Intern - Student Trainee in Washington, DC
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    I worked at US Economic Research Service as an intern

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    The work environment was wonderful. The co-workers were very friendly. They gave different training events and seminars for the interns and field trips. Also the pay was great.

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    Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC
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    I have been working at US Economic Research Service full-time (More than 3 years)

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    Positive and supportive work environment

    Cons

    confusing and slow promotion process

    Advice to Management

    Set clear track for promotion from GS12 to 13

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