1. Select the answer below that describes your education as it relates to the basic qualification requirements for this position. If you select A or B, please submit a copy of your transcripts for verification.A. I have completed a bachelor's (or higher) degree in economics that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.
Your responses to the questions below will be used in the evaluation of your qualifications for the Agricultural Economist position. Your resume and application materials must support the level of experience and/or education you claim in this questionnaire. If, after a complete review of your application package, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications, you may be rated ineligible for this position.
2. Choose one answer that best describes your experience for the GS-12 grade level.A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level. Specialized experience includes the following: 1) ability to plan and coordinate a program of complex economic research, analysis and outlook relevant to food, agricultural, or resource markets; 2) knowledge of microeconomics and quantitative analysis; and 3) skill in communicating economic concepts and research results.
3. Have you taken full responsibility for all stages of a major, technical, outlook or applied economic research study (including project planning, conceptualization, implementation, presentation of findings, and publication in peer reviewed journals and/or equivalent government publications and/or Ph.D dissertation) on current global or domestic commodity, food or resource market?A. Yes
For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the Qualifications and Availability Form C. Please select only one letter for each item.A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
4. Conduct technical, applied research or analysis on current global or domestic food, commodity, or resource markets.
5. Formulate research plans, develop methodology, determine data needs, and define resources needed to carry out complex economic research and analysis.
6. Identify and define promising and pertinent areas of outlook, analysis, and research on issues important to the domestic food, agriculture, or resource markets.
7. Select appropriate and current research methodologies to explain or better understand economic conditions and market developments in food, agriculture, or other natural resource industries.
8. Employ advanced econometric analysis using discrete choice models, time series analysis, panel data, spatial analysis, nonlinear programming, computer general equilibrium analysis, or dynamic programming.
9. Organizing, cleaning, querying, analyzing, and managing large and complex databases to create a statistically reliable dataset for complex econometric or simulation analysis.
10. Communicate economic concepts and research results in professional forums or peer-reviewed publications or government or industry reports.
11. Present briefings on technical and complex economic concepts and research to senior economists, management or decision-makers.
12. Development of a research project, including problem formulation, carefully defined hypotheses, and application of techniques to analyze the effects of a complex international trade problem or issue.
13. Employ advanced simulations using computable general or partial equilibrium models or nonlinear programming to examine global, regional, or bilateral trade issues.