Senior Economist

Posted: 19/01/2021

Location: London, UK

Senior Economist

About The World Federation of Exchanges

The World Federation of Exchanges (The WFE) is the global industry body for exchanges and clearing houses. Headquartered in London, established in 1961, we represent over 250 market infrastructure providers around the world, including standalone CCPs that are not part of exchange groups.

WFE members include stock, futures, options and commodity exchange groups globally, ranging from the Nasdaq, CME Group, Deutsche Boerse AG, the London Stock Exchange Group, and HKEX to Brazil’s B3, SGX and the Colombo Stock Exchange. We also represent standalone CCPs, such as the DTCC and the Options Clearing Corp, alongside those operated by our member exchanges.

About the role

Reporting to the Head of Research, you will work with economists and researchers in the 5-member team to develop innovative research ideas and to conduct and publish in-depth economic research to answer pressing policy questions that are relevant for the industry today. Current research areas include market microstructure, the economics of the exchange and clearing industry, the impact of technological innovation, and the role of exchanges in promoting sustainability.

You will need to think critically about research questions and policy, as well as work effectively with other professionals from a range of disciplines. While the research we do is not mainly focused on the academic community, it is expected that in many cases it may lead to publications in academic journals.

Working closely with the WFE Regulatory Affairs team you will also liaise with policy experts, industry participants and leading academics from the UK and overseas to inform WFE advocacy and policy positions.


• Relevant industry research questioning and exploration

• Planning and executing projects related to WFE responsibilities for data collection, analysis, research, and advocacy.

• Applying statistical, econometric, and other data exploration tools to analyze financial data.

• Producing high quality reports for internal and external dissemination, as well as academic research publications.

What you bring

Candidates will have a genuine interest in policy issues and hold a PhD in Economics, Finance, or other relevant discipline. As such, you will have previous experience in a research, policy, government, industry association or thinktank environment related to financial markets, exchanges and post-trade industries. You will have programming skills (Matlab, Python, or R preferred). 

• Candidates will ideally also possess expertise in one of the following areas:

- Econometrics and mathematical methods

- Financial economics

- Industrial organization

- Environmental economics (e.g. sustainability in financial markets, green finance).

To be considered for the role, please send a letter of interest, your CV, and a brief statement of current and future research interests to [email protected]

Further Information:

• Location: City of London (currently the WFE is working remotely due to Covid-19)

• Start Date: As soon as possible

• Time commitment: Full time, permanent

• Compensation: Competitive, dependent on skills and experience

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered, and only successful candidates will be contacted.

The WFE is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.