Principal Economist

Job ID: 1067031 | Services LLC


Amazon’s Sustainability organization leverages Amazon’s innovative culture to advance environmental and social sustainability. We take action to improve the impact Amazon has on the environment, looking for wins that are good for our customers and our business. Sustainability Science is a team of environmental scientists, social scientists, and product managers answering core sustainability questions for the larger organization and looking around corners to identify long term environmental and social hotspots.
In September 2019, Amazon announced The Climate Pledge and committed the company to net zero carbon emissions by 2040. Amazon is driving real business changes across the company to achieve these carbon reductions. As part of that effort, we are looking for an economist with experience implementing market-based mechanisms to identify and incentivize innovations that reduce carbon. This could involve creative use of shadow prices, incorporating carbon prices into existing tools and algorithms, defining flexible or tradable team level carbon reduction goals, or other novel techniques.
At the senior level, we expect you be able to own the development of scientific models and to manage, in close collaboration with scientists and engineers, the data analysis, modeling, and experimentation that is necessary for estimating and validating your model. You will need to work with our business partners to communicate the properties of your analysis/modeling and be able to work to incorporate their feedback and requests into your project. Experience in applied economic analysis is essential, and you should be familiar with modern tools for data science and business analysis.
You should be comfortable learning new subject areas and diving deeply into unfamiliar tools and processes in order to understand how markets can be modified or created in order to align incentives around reducing carbon. This role will require influencing partner teams and making recommendations to senior leadership.


PhD in Economics, Environmental Science, or highly related field
10+ years of experience in industry, consulting, government, or academic research

Experience with big data and machine learning or data science

Coding ability in a scripting language such as R, python, or STATA

Experience utilizing market-based mechanisms to drive outcomes


Strong research track record, drives results

Thinks strategically, but stays on top of tactical execution

Effective verbal and written communications skills

Dives deep, thinks big and has convictions

Education or experience in environmental science, natural resource economics, environmental policy design, or related field
Strong writing skills and an ability to translate technical material for a general audience

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