Internship in the Development Economics and Indicators Division of ADB

Reference Number: 170973
Department: Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Division: Development Economics and Indicators Division
Location: Asian Development Bank Headquarters
Date Posted: Friday, December 1, 2017
Closing Date: Sunday, February 4, 2018 11:59 p.m. (2359 Manila Time, 0800 GMT)

1. INTERNSHIP TOPIC : “Global Value Chains – Measurement and labor market implications.”


ERDI seeks to engage a keen researcher to conduct an in-depth economic study of global value chains (GVC). The intern will contribute to the development of cutting edge indicators and economic research based on the Multi-Regional Input-Output tables (ADB-MRIO) and related to the Asia-Pacific Region by bridging the ADB-MRIO team and the ERDI economists team. The intern is also expected to assist the economists and statisticians in the division working on global value chains (GVCs) in producing high-quality data and timely analytical reports for internal and external clients.


  • Duration: 18 weeks
  • Timing: June 2018


ADB provides a stipend of 69 USD per day for a maximum of 56 calendar days only. Interns may choose to continue work beyond 56 calendar days in agreement with the designated supervisors, but without stipend.

4. LOCATION: ADB Headquarters, Manila, Philippines


  • Time-series of supply and use tables (SUTs) and Input-Output tables (IOTs) for Asian and Pacific countries;
  • GVC statistics based on advanced analytical techniques and accounting frameworks;
  • Key trends based on SUTs, IOTs and GVC statistics;
  • Improved statistics on employment and incorporating firm heterogeneity;
  • Statistics on real effective exchange rates (REER) based on advanced techniques and cutting edge methods;
  • Development of cutting-edge measures, such as the length of GVCs, value added contribution by sector by country, etc.;
  • Assessed relative magnitude of offshoring-onshoring (or reshoring) trend based on developed measures;
  • Assessed impact of GVC on labor market outcomes based on new methods and/or enhance existing methods;
  • Presentations on GVC impact on labor market outcomes for ADB seminars and workshops;
  • Training of the workshop participants in GVC related data development and analytical techniques and methods.


Be enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Economics, with specialization in international trade.


  • Has produced research or analytical work related to global value chains;
  • Has produced and analyzed GVC-related statistics;
  • Has worked with and applied advanced analytical and econometric techniques to analyze trade and production data;
  • Is highly proficient in MS Office, as well as statistical and mathematical programming software such as MATLAB, STATA and SAS;
  • Proven experience in operationalizing advanced and complex analytical methods and econometric and statistical accounting frameworks
  • Possesses very good writing and presentation skills.


Upload the following documents in the “Attachments” section of your application:

1. Curriculum vitae (CV)

2. Proof of enrollment to a Masters or PhD program. Inclusive dates should confirm that you will be enrolled during the intended period of assignment.

3. Essay in MS WORD or PDF document, maximum of 1500 words per question. (Please see essay questions below)


(1) Describe one example of your experience that demonstrated your interest in working in ADB.

(2) Highlight your qualifications that will help accomplish this internship assignment (e.g., coursework, research, work experience, etc.).

Read more and apply here.


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