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PhD opportunities

As an Economist at Bates White, you’ll use the knowledge and skills you developed while earning your PhD to solve real-world analytical challenges. Not only will you work on interesting projects and continue to hone your technical skills, you’ll have opportunities to give back to the community, be mentored by leaders in the industry, and develop lifelong friendships—in a fun and intellectually stimulating environment.  

Our Economists have expertise in a wide range of disciplines including industrial organization, finance, econometrics, microeconomics, applied economic theory, labor economics, mathematics, and others.

Economist career path

Economist > Senior Economist > Manager > Principal > Partner

Interview process

You’ll begin your interview process with a virtual meeting with several economists and firm leaders. Then you’ll travel to Washington, DC, where you’ll learn about the position, the firm, the culture, and your potential colleagues. You’ll also present a 90-minute seminar on your job market paper and meet one-on-one with a senior leader to discuss aspects of your paper, research, and graduate coursework.

Meet our PhD colleagues

Alice Ndikumana, Senior Economist
PhD, Health Policy, Harvard University
BS, Biomedical Engineering & Applied Microeconomics, Washington University in St. Louis


Alice Ndikumana joined our Antitrust and Competition Practice team in 2021 after earning her PhD in health economics. Prior to her doctoral studies, Alice worked in management consulting, where she advised healthcare clients. Now she uses her unique background and skills to solve complex challenges in the healthcare space. Hear more about her experience at Bates White by clicking on the video preview image.






Naibin Chen, Senior Economist
PhD, Economics, Penn State University
MA, Economics, Peking University (Beijing, China)
BA, Economics, Peking University (Beijing, China)


Senior Economist Naibin Chen joined the team in 2020 and has been using skills he gained earning his PhD to contribute to real cases within our Antitrust and Competition Practice. In the academic and collegiate environment at Bates White, he has continued his education by learning from his colleagues while using his coding, data set management, research, derived modeling, and econometric analysis skills. Learn more about the work he does by clicking on the video preview image.

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