Research assistants wanted: Work for me in NY or (with my coauthor) in DC

There are two positions. One is a part-time position in DC for a current economics PhD student (or equivalent). The other is to be my full-time research coordinator based at Columbia University in New York. It is ideal for recent BA and MA graduates, especially aspiring PhD students.

Both are heavy on statistical analysis. Both require you to have a work permit in the US. Apply at the links above and follow the instructions carefully. I do not get involved until the short list stage, so please don’t apply to me directly.

The NY-based research coordinator manages all my data and spends about 75% of his or her time on statistical analysis. See my works in progress for a sense of what you might work on. For this reason I’m looking for someone with strong training and ideally experience in statistics, and a veteran Stata user. The job can also involve field work at crucial and bust times in my field projects.

It would start in the spring and run up to two years. Depending on your experience, you would be hired in at the “Project Associate” or “Project Coordinator” level through Innovations for Poverty Action and receive a formal affiliation with (and desk at) Columbia, with me.

The position is excellent preparation for graduate work. Former RAs who applied to grad school have gone on to PhDs in political science, applied economics, economics, and psychology at Princeton, Berkeley, Davis, Harvard, MIT, Wisconsin, and Stanford. IPA will begin reviewing applications in January 2014.

The DC-based consultant will be doing statistical analysis on this Liberia urban street youth project and related work elsewhere in Uganda with me and Julian Jamison, a behavioral economist based at CFPB. Hear more about the project on NPR. Someone with an interest in empirical labor and behavioral economics is ideal, as you’ll mainly be comparing the measurement and predictive power of difference preference and cognitive skill measures.

Update: here are FAQs for working for J-PAL and IPA (we recruit together).  They are having a live jobs chat Dec 13 at noon EST.

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