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Williams econ and econ-adjacent students - we've extended the deadline to apply for the Solow Fellowship to do independe...
Solow Fellowship for Summer Research on Economic History

Williams econ and econ-adjacent students - we've extended the deadline to apply for the Solow Fellowship to do independent research this summer on economic history! Deadline noon April 22. More info here:

Click here for the latest memo on the Barbara Solow Research Fellowship, which provides financial assistance to Williams College students conducting research in economic or business history and a few other fields, usually over the summer.  

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And here's another job post - this one at UCLA:

Professors Hengchen Dai, Jana Gallus, and Sherry Wu at UCLA Anderson School of Management are seeking a full-time Research Assistant (RA) for a one-year commitment, with the possibility of a 2nd year renewal. The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2020. This is a perfect position for those looking towards graduate school in economics, business, and social psychology.
Job responsibilities will include:
* designing and running field and laboratory experiments
* performing statistical analyses on large databases
* preparing research protocols and manuscripts for publication

The ideal candidate will have strong quantitative skills, proficiency in Stata or R, and familiarity with experimental research. The RA will have opportunities to participate in lab meetings and seminars.

Applications should be submitted before April 15, 2020, and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Review of applications will begin immediately. To apply, please see instructions at http://hr.mycareer.ucla.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=78826 (job reposition number 32342) and submit applications there.

Links to our research profiles: Professor Hengchen Dai (http://www.hengchendai.com/), Professor Jana Gallus (http://www.janagallus.com/), Professor Sherry Wu (https://www.sherryjwu.com/).
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy

Another job post - from Chicago Booth:Chicago Booth Professors Daniel Bartels and Celia Gaertig seek one full-time Resea...
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Another job post - from Chicago Booth:

Chicago Booth Professors Daniel Bartels and Celia Gaertig seek one full-time Research Professional to work on projects in marketing, psychology, judgment and decision-making, and behavioral economics. The emphasis will be on the management and analysis of research studies conducted online, in the research lab, and in field settings.

The ideal applicant should be completing (or have completed) a Bachelor's or Master's degree and should have strong quantitative skills and a background in data analysis. Candidates with research experience are strongly preferred, especially those with a background in experimental research. Candidates need not be psychology majors, though they should have a strong interest and some experience in marketing, psychology, judgment and decision-making, or behavioral economics.

The preferred start date is between May and September 2020, though earlier or later start dates will be considered. The position is expected to last at least one year with the option to renew for a second year.

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis, but all applications submitted by April 19, 2020 will be given full consideration.

We pay an annual salary of $50,000 and provide standard benefits such as health insurance.

If interested, please fill out a brief survey at:
You must also fill out a formal application at:
Please submit all ancillary materials (resume, cover letter, and postsecondary transcripts (unofficial is fine)) in the Resume/CV field. You may upload multiple files.

Links to our research profiles:
Professor Daniel Bartels: http://home.uchicago.edu/bartels/
Professor Celia Gaertig: http://www.celiagaertig.com/

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A job post from the USGS:Employment Opportunity: Social Science Research AssistantThe Social and Economic Analysis Branc...
Social and Economic Analysis (SEA) | USGS.gov

A job post from the USGS:

Employment Opportunity: Social Science Research Assistant

The Social and Economic Analysis Branch of the U.S. Geological Survey in Fort Collins, CO, (https://www.usgs.gov/centers/fort/science/social-and-economic-analysis-sea) is looking for a research assistant to support multiple projects about water, natural resources, and wildfire.

The research assistant will provide support for projects investigating environmental decision making processes; how policies, institutions, and decision support tools influence management outcomes; and decisions about wildfire risk. Key tasks include: identifying, obtaining, synthesizing, and reviewing interdisciplinary literature from a range of social science fields such as social-ecological systems, political ecology, and institutional analysis; and producing written summaries of these literature reviews. Additional duties may include analyzing qualitative and/or quantitative data, interpreting results, and contributing to peer-reviewed publications or other means of disseminating results.

The Social and Economic Analysis Branch is a dynamic, collegial group of social scientists and economists providing applied social science for a range of government agencies. The research assistant will have the opportunity to interact with Branch scientists, project partners from other institutions and government agencies, and collaborating natural scientists.

The research assistant must have:

● At least a bachelor’s degree in a social science field.

● Experience conducting social science research.

● Demonstrated ability to conduct interdisciplinary literature reviews.

● Excellent writing ability.

Our preferred candidate will have:

● A degree related to and/or experience with natural resource management or policy.

● An understanding of federal land management agencies, water policy, and/or the wildland fire context.

● Experience with any of the following: qualitative and/or quantitative social science research methods, interview studies, document analysis, network analysis, NVIVO, Stata, and/or R software, and interdisciplinary research environments.

● A U.S. driver’s license as operation of a Government vehicle may be required.

This position is a USGS Student Services contract position. This means:

● Applicants must be U.S. citizens

● Applicants must either have graduated within the past year or be currently enrolled as a student.

● For all legal purposes, student is regarded as an independent contractor. Payments for services are reportable and taxable as earned income. No Federal, State, or Local income taxes will be deducted. No Social Security or Medicare taxes will be deducted. Student is responsible for payment of all taxes. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will report the total amount paid under this order to the Internal Revenue Service on a Standard Form 1099. The student is not considered an employee and will not receive a W-2 form.

This is a full-time position and begins on or around July 1, 2020. Employee will be physically located in Fort Collins, CO. Currently, one year of funding is available for this position.

Contact Information:

For questions related directly to the job, contact Amanda Cravens, Research Social Scientist, at [email protected] or James Meldrum, Research Economist, at [email protected].

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, transcripts (unofficial ok), and a writing sample demonstrating your ability to synthesize social science literature to [email protected] by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time) Sunday, April 19th. Please use “Social Science Research Assistant application” as the subject line for your email.

The Fort Collins Science Center’s Social and Economic Analysis (SEA) Branch provides unique capabilities in the U.S. Geological Survey by leading projects that integrate social, economic, and natural science in the context of human–natural resource interactions. Management and research problems ...


Wishing you all well in this time in which we must all be patient and keep a good social distance. We're continuing to share relevant items as they arise, and in that spirit, here are two new job ads for recent graduates or graduating seniors...

Full Time Research Assistant Position at UPF Barcelona
Jan Eeckhout is looking to hire a highly competent research assistant for a pre-doctoral position. The position is full time and will be based at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. The position starts in the Summer 2020. The appointment is for one or two years, with renewal contingent upon satisfactory performance. The research work is primarily concerned with the effect of market power on the labor market, as well as with search, matching and sorting theory applied to labor markets. The position is ideal for students with a long term interest in Economics and those who are looking for research experience in an academic setting prior to enrolling in a PhD in Economics.Deadline Mar 31
https://www.nber.org/jobs/Job_description_Eeckhout.pdf www.janeeckhout.com

Full-Time Research Assistant Position at UCLA Anderson
UCLA Anderson Professors Jennifer Kao, Chris Poliquin, and Melanie Wasserman are looking to hire a full time research assistant to begin July 2020 and to work for at least one year. The position will entail close collaboration and assistance with all stages of empirical research in health, labor, and organizational economics. Examples of the types of projects include understanding drivers of innovation among firms in the US healthcare sector, examining gender differences in occupational choice, and studying how technological change affects wages and organizational structure.
Deadline Mar 28https://docs.google.com/document/d/1v5RIlF8kILDrfqZAjDNEmS3sH6_Zu6sc4t69iL6tGZc/edit

Trying to understand the Fed's actions in the face of the coronavirus crisis? Check out a new EconoFact piece by our own...
The Fed's Responses to the Financial Fallout From Coronavirus | Econofact

Trying to understand the Fed's actions in the face of the coronavirus crisis? Check out a new EconoFact piece by our own Ken Kuttner:

The covid-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented array of problems for the world economy. Those related to public health will surely require difficult and costly solutions. Aggressive fiscal policy and transfers will most likely be needed to address the macroeconomic fallout. With interest rates a...

We're so proud to see two econ students, Halle Schweizer and Michael Crisci, highlighted in the latest Williams Magazine...
The Power of Presence

We're so proud to see two econ students, Halle Schweizer and Michael Crisci, highlighted in the latest Williams Magazine for their work with kids in Pittsfield!

An increasing number of students are drawn to Pittsfield, Mass., to work in and learn from the community. By Abe Loomis In the fall of 2017, Halle Schweizer ’21 walked into [email protected] Street, an alternative high school program in Pittsfield, Mass., with high hopes and an offering: a party-sized san...

Here are some full-time jobs that current seniors and recent grads might find interesting...Full-time Research Assistant...
Research Assistant | Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Here are some full-time jobs that current seniors and recent grads might find interesting...

Full-time Research Assistant at Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
This position is located in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Division of Research Markets and Regulations, Office of Research. The purpose of this position is to collect and analyze data from primary sources, develop reliable reports, and prepare economic, statistical, or financial analyses on well-defined questions.
Deadline Mar 13.

Full Time Research Assistant at University of Michigan
We are seeking applications for a full-time Research Assistant position to join a study seeking to understand how disasters affect educational decision-making in Mozambique. While conducting a randomized controlled trial of an education and health program in Mozambique, our study area was tragically struck by Cyclone Idai–the most destructive cyclone ever recorded in Africa. Our current study therefore aims to understand how exposure to the cyclone changed educational decisions (e.g., school enrollment and attendance), health behaviors and economic preference parameters. Our team of researchers will conduct intensive current follow-up surveys of study households to understand short- and medium-term disaster impacts, disaster-induced changes in preferences (e.g., present bias, risk aversion), and whether an education and health program improves post-disaster resilience.

Full Time Research Assistant at LSE Centre For Macroeconomics
The CFM invites applications for the post of Research Assistant which will contribute to the Centre's research programmes. This pre-doctoral fellow will be a highly-skilled and motivated individual. The job will entail close collaboration on a number of new and ongoing projects on a broad range of topics in applied macroeconomics. The successful applicant will collaborate with Professors Moll and Reis on a number of new and ongoing projects on a broad range of topics in applied macroeconomics: measurement of inflation expectations, unconventional monetary policies, fiscal policy, the study of inequality within macroeconomics models, understanding the root causes of financial crises, and the impact of automation on inequality. These issues are tackled with a mix of theoretical and empirical work (using both micro and macro data).Deadline Mar 26.

Policy & Data Visualization Associate at National Journal
National Journal’s Presentation Center seeks a Policy & Data Visualization Associate to join our team of experts producing insight and intelligence on how Washington works.

Research Associate, Colombia
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) Colombia seeks a Research Associate to join a dynamic and committed team in Bogotá. Our projects bring together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine solutions to improve people’s lives. The Research Associate will work closely with the IPA country office staff, principal investigators, and implementing partners to execute high-quality projects. This position is contingent upon project approval and donor funding.

Research Officer in Initiative on Education and Skills at University of Toronto
Under direction of the Principal Investigator and the Project Director, the incumbent will provide administrative and research support. Duties include: implementing and executing qualitative and/or quantitative research methods; conducting research as assigned; collecting and summarizing research data; conducting data analysis; assisting with publication of reports; conducting literature reviews; and making recommendations towards resource requirements for projects.
Deadline Mar 10.https://utoronto.taleo.net/careersection/10000/jobdetail.ftl?job=2000281

Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Behavioral and Experimental Economics
Benjamin Enke and Thomas Graeber
We are looking to hire a pre-doctoral researcher to work with us on research projects in behavioral economics. The start date for the position is July 1st, 2020, or later if need be. The appointment is for one year and renewable for a second year depending on research needs and satisfactory performance. The position is ideally suited for recent university graduates who would like to prepare themselves for PhD studies after having completed a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. The position will be based at Harvard University, split between the Economics Department (Enke) and Harvard Business School (Graeber).

Research Assistant

Read about some new work by our own Steve Nafziger and his colleague from Midd (Amanda Gregg) in this blog post "Setting...
Setting the Record Straight: Why would you study companies in Tsarist Russia? — Why Social Science?

Read about some new work by our own Steve Nafziger and his colleague from Midd (Amanda Gregg) in this blog post "Setting the Record Straight: Why would you study companies in Tsarist Russia?" - why indeed?


In this series, Why Social Science? gives social scientists whose research has been mischaracterized or misunderstood the opportunity to explain once and for all, “Why would you study that ?” Today’s entry comes from Amanda Gregg, Assistant Professor of Economics at Middlebury College, who is


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For freshman and sophomores, consider applying for paid summer internships for next summer or the following summer... For juniors, consider possible paid summer internship opportunities for this summer and job opportunities for after college … For seniors still looking for jobs (like me!!), consider some possible job opportunities now!!!... For all, consider learning about career opportunities you could pursue in the future???... Calling current or prospective Economics, Political Economy, Statistics, Mathematics, and Computer Science majors: Want to get free pizza and learn about some career opportunities you probably have not considered? You think you know the Federal Reserve System? Think again! Economists at the Fed partake in independent research projects that span the discipline of economics from studying tax, education (k-12 to higher ed), and health care policies, to macroeconomic modeling and environmental regulations. Some economists even focus on advancing econometrics, statistical and quantitative techniques. The opportunities to engage in cutting-edge research on economics topics that interests you are endless. Come learn more about paid summer undergraduate internship opportunities and full-time research assistant positions at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the 12 Federal Reserve Banks throughout the country on Wednesday, January 16th, at 7pm in Schapiro 129. Quentin Johnson, Senior Management Analyst and Senior Economics Outreach Specialist at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors will speak to Williams students about what the internship and research assistant positions are like and how to best prepare for them, in addition to other questions students may have. Pizza, garlic knots, and chocolate will be served!!!!! Please be advised that some jobs at the Federal Reserve System require US citizenship but others do not. Success! 👍🏽 Arkey Barnett Economics Major ‘19 and Allison Davis Research Fellow
*Only 13 spots left *The first 10 RSVP's after 40 will automatically be added to the wait list Open to all majors What can you do with a major in Economics? Join us to find out! Meet recent Williams alumni from a variety of fields for a casual brunch and conversation about how to approach the career search, decisions that led them to career pivots, and how to apply an Economics major to the job market. Speakers will include: Elizabeth Ryan 13’, Marketing Manager at Wayfair Matt Ratajczak 13’, Manager, Player Development at Major League Soccer Cindy Le 15’, Research Associate at Ithaka S&R Bridget Malicki 15’, Development Manager at Massachusetts Reads Victoria Onuzuruike 17’, Producer at Ogilvy advertising Ask questions and make connections!
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Passing along a job opportunity for recent grads... The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is recruiting for the Director’s Financial Analyst position, and we want to encourage Williams students or recent graduates to apply. I would greatly appreciate if you took the time to pass this information along – eligible applicants will have graduated in the last two years or will graduate by December 2017. ABOUT THE PROGRAM This unique, two-year rotational fellowship sits at the intersection of the federal government and the financial services industry. Director’s Financial Analysts are given the opportunity to hone analytical and problem solving skills while helping to make markets for consumer financial products work for Americans. Members of the Director’s Financial Analyst Program will experience diverse roles, responsibilities, and areas of expertise. As a result, in a short period of time, analysts will play an integral role in everything the CFPB does, from rigorous data-driven policy creation and market monitoring to on-site supervision of market participants. All analysts will complete developmental rotations in offices throughout the CFPB. These rotations are designed to provide exposure to the analysis, strategy, research, education, policy development, supervision, enforcement, and rulemaking activities throughout the Bureau. We are recruiting for positions that begin in October 2017 or later. The fellowship is a full-time position located at the CFPB’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Previous Director’s Financial Analysts have used the program as a springboard to further their careers. Some graduates of the program have moved on to: Graduate school (Columbia Economics, Harvard Business, Yale Law) Private industry (Amazon, Uber, Quicken Loans) Public sector (Department of the Treasury, NY Fed) HOW TO APPLY To apply, prospective applicants must apply through our official job posting at: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/475562400. The job posting will be open from July 31 to August 7, 2017. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. Interested students or graduates should feel free to reach out to us with any questions about the position or application process at [email protected]. Thanks, Andre Andre Manuel Director’s Financial Analyst Office of the Director Consumer Financial Protection Bureau consumerfinance.gov