If your background is in Economics, Business, Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, or any other major focused on quantitative research, learn more about CRA!

About Charles River Associates

Charles River Associates is a leading global consulting firm that provides economic, financial, and business management expertise to major law firms, corporations and governments around the world. CRA advises clients on economic and financial matters pertaining to litigation and regulatory proceedings, and guides corporations through critical business strategy and performance-related issues. Since 1965, clients have engaged CRA for its combination of industry experience and rigorous, fact-based analysis that provide clients with clear, implementable solutions to complex business concerns.

Practices seeking to hire candidates with this profile include (hiring locations listed):


  • Antitrust & Competition (Toronto)
    • Our Competition practice economists provide analysis and testimony in matters involving mergers and acquisitions, antitrust litigation, and global competition policy.

Learn more about our work by reviewing our Services and Industries on our website.

Job Overview

  • Work alongside, and in a collaborative environment with, talented and diverse colleagues, including PhD-trained economists, finance and accounting professionals (CFAs and CPAs), and valuation experts;
  • Conduct economic and industry research while analyzing client materials to build an understanding of a case’s issues;
  • Perform/develop financial and economic analyses or valuation models to support case theories and present those results to colleagues and clients;
  • Program, build models, and perform regression analyses using languages such as Excel, Stata, R, Python, SQL, or SAS;
  • Develop familiarity with data that serves as input to these analyses, including company transactional data (e.g., confidential sales data or win/loss data), financial reporting, accounting statements, and social and economic survey data, as well as non-financial measures of organizational performance;
  • Review and summarize analyst reports, academic literature, client documents, depositions, license agreements, and industry trade press;
  • Assist in the production and development of research summaries, expert reports, and the presentation of findings, including creation of visuals like tables and charts;
  • Ensure reliability of analysis through quality control review.

Check out our blog about a typical day at CRA and how you can make an impact!


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree candidates graduating December 2023/Summer 2024 with an academic focus on quantitative research (Economics, Business, Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science or related);
  • Completion of an honors thesis, research apprenticeship, or research seminar program is highly desired;
  • Demonstrated understanding of, and ability to explain, economic, financial and/or accounting concepts, and quantitative and qualitative analysis methods;
  • Experience in Excel, Stata, Python, R, SQL, SAS, ArcGIS/ArcPy, or Cloud computing (Databricks/Spark, Google Cloud, Azure, AWS).
  • Curious and analytical thinkers who bring creative approaches to non-standard problems
  • Effective written and oral communication skills;
  • Eagerness to learn new skills and programming languages;
  • Demonstrated high level of initiative and leadership;
  • Strong teamwork and collaboration capabilities;
  • Excellent time management and task prioritization skills;
  • Clear and demonstrated interest in consulting through coursework, work experience, activities, or attendance at CRA recruiting events.

To apply

To be considered for a position in Canada, we require the following:

  • Resume – please include current address, personal email and telephone number;
  • Cover letter – please describe your interest in CRA and how this role matches your goals. Also, please note if you have interest in a particular practice and/or a location preference;
  • Transcript – may be unofficial. Note: you must be graduating from a bachelor's or master's degree program for this role. If you are graduating from an MBA/PhD program or have work experience, please visit our Careers site to see current open roles;
  • Writing Sample – independently authored and includes your commentary on a quantitative analysis.

If you are interested in applying for one of our international locations, please visit our Careers site to view and apply for available jobs.

Career Growth and Benefits 

  • CRA’s robust skills development programs, including a commitment to offering 100 hours of training annually through formal and informal programs, encourage you to thrive as an individual and team member. Beginning with research and analysis skill building, training continues with technical training, presentation skills, internal seminars, and career mentoring and performance coaching from an assigned senior colleague. Additional leadership and collaboration opportunities exist through internal firm development activities.
  • We offer a comprehensive total rewards program including a superior benefits package, wellness programming to support physical, mental, emotional and financial well-being, and in-house immigration support for foreign nationals and international business travelers.

Work Location Flexibility

CRA creates a work environment that enables our colleagues to benefit from being together in the office to best deliver on our promise of career growth, mentorship and inclusivity. At the same time, we realize that individuals realize a range of benefits when working from home periodically. We currently ask that individuals spend 3 to 4 days a week on average working in the office (which may include traveling to another CRA office or to a client's location), with specific days determined in coordination with your practice or team. At certain times of the year (e.g. holiday periods), additional remote work options are offered to those whose work commitments permit it, although our offices remain open for those who choose or need to be there.

Our Commitment to Diversity

Charles River Associates is an equal opportunity employer (CHRA/EEA). As part of our focus on equity and inclusion, we work to ensure a fair and consistent hiring process. We celebrate diversity and we are committed to an inclusive work environment.

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