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We're so proud to see two econ students, Halle Schweizer and Michael Crisci, highlighted in the latest Williams Magazine...
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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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Here are some more job ads - some for full time jobs for graduating students / recent graduates, some summer internships for current students!

Full Time Research Associate at Harvard Business SchoolHBS seeks three full-time pre-doctoral Research Associates for the academic year 2020-21 to work with our research group in the HBS Strategy unit. Research covers a broad range of firm-oriented topics, including competition, management, innovation, and contracts, and often draws heavily on applied econometrics and microeconomic theory.https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/Home/HomeWithPreLoad?partnerid=25240&siteid=5341&PageType=searchResults&SearchType=linkquery&LinkID=1227#jobDetails=1508305_5341

Full Time Research Associate at UCLA Anderson School of ManagementUCLA Anderson Professor Ashvin Gandhi is looking to hire a full time research associate to begin in summer 2020 for an anticipated term of two years. The position will entail close collaboration and assistance with all stages of empirical economics research. Research topics will include industrial organization, healthcare, and urban economics.https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pzFYQrJDnt3sbMmJwPB4hun8L2xjVXgt/view

Full-Time Research Assistant/Pre-doc/Intern
We are looking for three highly skilled and motivated individuals to work as full-time research
assistants/interns for a period of one year, which in some cases could be further extended to 2 years with various faculty members affiliated with Centre for Innovative data in Economics Research, VSE, UBC. The appointment would start in May 2020. The job will entail close collaboration with all stages of the research process on a number of new and ongoing empirical projects in the fields of labor, urban, political economy, macro, environment, development, and applied microeconomics.

EPIC Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship
The Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC) invites applications for the Summer 2020 Research Fellowship. Successful candidates will report to Michael Greenstone, Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and the Director of EPIC. Responsibilities span all stages of research, including managing projects, collecting and analyzing data, creating presentations, and editing manuscripts. Typical research projects involve the analysis of environmental and energy data from the United States, India, China, and other countries utilizing quasi-experimental and experimental methods, as well as development of computational economic models of energy markets. Applicants must be in their penultimate year of study and have strong quantitative and programming skills.

Summer Internships at Resources for the FutureDo you want to begin a career in academic or policy research? Are you interested in contributing to impactful, balanced research that is aimed at improving environmental, energy and natural resource decisions? A summer research internship with Resources for the Future (RFF) might be right for you. RFF has several openings for our 2020 summer internship program; you can access the application here.The RFF summer internship program provides an opportunity for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and early career professionals to prepare for careers that engage in academic and policy-relevant research. Our research internships are paid, 10 weeks, and located in Washington, DC.

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Here are some jobs and summer internships that may be interesting to current students or recent grads!

Summer internship at Philadelphia Federal ReserveJeffrey Lin is hiring a summer intern to help with a study of US neighborhoods since 1940. If you are into history, geography, and economics consider applying!
https://philadelphiafed.org/careers/job-openings search for 262628

Full time research assistant job at YaleProfessor Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak of the Yale School of Management and Department of Economics is seeking a highly skilled individual as a full-time research assistant and manager. The position is for two years or longer, and we have a strong preference for applicants that plan to stay for at least two years. Applicants are reviewed on a rolling basis and the preferred start date is Spring/Summer 2020. The job will consist of collaboration on a number of new and ongoing projects related to a research agenda on the effects of large-scale development interventionshttps://www.nber.org/jobs/2020YaleRAJobDescription.pdf

Summer internships at the Brookings InstitutionThe Brookings Internship program provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds to engage in career exploration and development as well as a chance to learn new skills.
The mission of the Internship program is to provide students and recent graduates with a pre-professional, meaningful, and practical work experience related to the student’s field of study or career interest. Interns may work with Brookings’s staff in research areas - Economic Studies, Foreign Policy, Global Economy and Development, Governance Studies, and Metropolitan Policy. Brookings also offers students the opportunity to intern in departments such as communications, human resources and central operations management.
Deadline Feb 28https://interns-brookings.icims.com/jobs/

Paid internships at MDRCMDRC is offering internships in summer 2020 for both undergraduate and master’s-level students. The internships are supported by the Gueron Scholars Program, which seeks to engage and encourage individuals from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the education and social policy research communities.
Full-time paid internships for undergraduates in our New York City office provide the opportunity to work with MDRC teams on a range of organizational, administrative, and analytical tasks related to developing and evaluating programs focused on current social and education policy issues. The undergraduate internship is coordinated by MDRC’s Diversity Council and the Office of Outreach, Diversity, and Inclusion.
Deadline Feb 14https://www.mdrc.org/news/announcement/paid-internships-available-summer-2020-mdrc-gueron-scholars-program

Full time research assistant position in ZurichThe LRF Center for Economics of Breastfeeding is looking for a full-time research assistant to work on projects in the field of economics of child and youth development under the supervision of Prof. Anne Brenøe at the University of Zurich. Ongoing projects are in the field of education, health, labor, and gender economics. Current projects study what factors can explain gender differences in career choice and labor market outcomes, causes and consequences of early childhood health investments, and potential costs of parental leave for firms and coworkers. We are currently preparing for two large randomized controlled trials in Zurich and Shanghai.

Full time research assistant job at MITWe, Professors Simon Jäger (MIT) and Benjamin Schoefer (UC Berkeley), are looking to hire two outstanding and motivated pre-doctoral research associates. The full-time positions will be based in the MIT Economics Department in Cambridge, MA. Duration is one or two years, starting in the summer of 2020. The positions are ideally suited for candidates planning to attend graduate school in economics. The research associates will be fully integrated into the research community and are encouraged to attend the weekly applied microeconomics seminar at MIT.
The focus will be policy-oriented and data-intensive research on micro-mechanisms underlying the behavior of aggregate labor markets and the role of institutions in wage setting and labor income inequality, the determinants of unemployment, and job mobility.

NSF INSPIRE U2 REU: Summer research opportunity for women from under-represented groups in statisticsApproximately 8 rising female sophomore students from underrepresented groups will be invited to Spelman College for an 8-week summer program. During the summer program, INSPIRE U2 participants will be exposed to statistical programs and analytical techniques, including modern techniques not commonly included in the undergraduate curriculum, such as moderated mediation. During the summer program, students will be trained on how to ask and answer these types of questions. It is expected that this initiative will: 1) increase student interest in advanced degree programs; 2) provide support and mentorship to students; and 3) serve as a pipeline for entry into advanced degree programs. Each student will have the opportunity to conduct an independent research project, and in doing so, students will develop the skills, confidence, and inspiration to pursue advanced statistics opportunities within the sciences.

Summer research internships at Resources for the FutureDo you want to begin a career in academic or policy research? Are you interested in contributing to impactful, balanced research that is aimed at improving environmental, energy and natural resource decisions? A summer research internship with Resources for the Future (RFF) might be right for you. RFF has several openings for our 2020 summer internship program. The RFF summer internship program provides an opportunity for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and early career professionals to prepare for careers that engage in academic and policy-relevant research. Our research internships are paid, 10 weeks, and located in Washington, DC

Pre-Doctoral Research Coordinator, Wharton Risk Center
The Wharton Risk Center at the University of Pennsylvania is seeking a full-time pre-doctoral research fellow, starting in the Summer of 2020, to assist with various research projects on climate risk, disaster insurance markets, natural disaster risk management, and related applied economic/policy topics. This is a 1 to 2 year position, conditional on funding. We intend for this position to serve as a strong foundation for future graduate study or careers in public policy, economics, or related areas. This position would be most suited for candidates interested in applied policy research. During their time in this role, they may also apply to enroll in supplemental classes, as per Penn’s tuition benefit program. Job responsibilities include qualitative and quantitative research assistance. https://wd1.myworkdaysite.com/recruiting/upenn/careers-at-penn/job/St-Leonards-Complex/Pre-Doctoral-Research-Coordinator--Wharton-Risk-Center_JR00016130

Research Assistant - Data Analysis and Presentation
The Center for Global Development, an independent, non-partisan research organization in Washington, DC seeks a Research Assistant specializing in data visualization and econometrics. The successful candidate will have experience with research in economics, public policy, political science or a related field. The RA must demonstrate strong quantitative, analytical and communications skills.

SIEPR Predoctoral Research Fellowship
The SIEPR/Economics Predoctoral Research Fellowship program is a full-time, one- to two-year post baccalaureate program designed to prepare individuals wishing to gain valuable training and experience toward a career in academic research in economics or public policy. Fellows are appointed as non-matriculated graduate students and will be expected to fully engage in the intellectual life at Stanford University. They dedicate a significant portion of their time to an empirical research project and can take graduate-level courses at Stanford University for credit (up to one course per quarter). The fellowship offers tuition, health insurance, and a living stipend ($49,600 in 2019-2020).
We seek highly skilled and motivated individuals to join our full-time Predoctoral Research Fellows position for a period of at least one year. The positions are based at the Institute for Economic Policy Research at Stanford University. Fellows start in June or July, although a September start date may be negotiable. International applicants are welcome to apply.

Research Associate, Colombia
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) seeks a qualified Research Associate based in Medellin, Colombia, to support a research project which seeks to understand armed group governance, the market structure of urban gangs, and how, if possible, to transition from armed groups to state rule with non-violent strategies. The research associate will work closely with the research team, principal investigators, and government partners. The team of principal investigators for the study is comprised of Chris Blattman (University of Chicago), Gustavo Duncan (Universidad Eafit), Benjamin Lessing (University of Chicago), and Santiago Tobón (Universidad EAFIT).

Full Time Data Analysis Research Associate based in New DelhiThe candidate will be required to support and further ongoing work on energy demand transitions in India. Main activities will include:- Data analysis in the programming language R of an ongoing survey on cooling energy consumption in the
Delhi region (this work is in collaboration with the University of Oxford and Ashoka University)
- Help develop presentations and working papers that synthesize the analysed data and relate it to the
academic and grey literature
- Help planning and implementing focus group discussions with survey respondents
- Help on data analysis for other ICEE projects as required

Summer and full-time job opportunities at the Center for Global DevelopmentCGD works to reduce global poverty and improve lives through innovative economic research that drives better policy and practice by the world’s top decision makers.

Three full-time research assistant opportunities at Northwestern University's Global Poverty Research LabAt the Global Poverty Research Lab (GPRL)—a research center based at Northwestern University—we generate empirical evidence on the effectiveness of policies and programs to help people throughout the world improve their standard of living. Our projects examine the interaction between poverty and topics such as finance, entrepreneurship, education, gender, agriculture, health, and the environment.
GPRL’s research primarily involves designing, monitoring, and analyzing data from multi-faceted randomized controlled trials (RCTs). We test whether interventions and programs such as crop insurance, job training, and cognitive behavioral therapy can improve the well-being of people in the developing world, and what are the most cost-effective ways of implementing them. We conduct or support dozens of RCTs in more than 10 countries in the Americas, sub-Saharan Africa, China, and Southeast Asia.
https://www.povertyactionlab.org/careers/research-coordinator-global-poverty-research-lab-northwestern-university-103228 https://www.povertyactionlab.org/careers/senior-research-analyst-global-poverty-research-lab-northwestern-university-103186https://www.povertyactionlab.org/careers/research-analyst-global-poverty-research-lab-northwestern-university-103187

Pre-Doctoral Ferrante Fellowship in Macroeconomics
Professors Gabriel Chodorow-Reich, Emmanuel Farhi, and Ludwig Straub (all of the
Harvard Economics Department) are seeking a predoctoral fellow for the 2020-2021 academic
year. The fellow will be actively involved in macroeconomic research. The fellow will participate
in various stages of research, including brainstorming, literature reviews, data search and
curation, data analysis and programming / coding. The fellow will also be an active participant
in the Harvard University research community. The fellowship includes opportunities to
develop a research agenda in related topics, to attend seminars, and to audit a course (with
permission of the instructors). The position is ideal training for a recent graduate who is
interested in pursuing a PhD in Economics

Full-time research program associate at Brown UniversityThe Research Program Associate is responsible for developing and at times leading key research analysis projects. This position requires independent work as well as collaboration with project teams in the Education Department. The Research Program Associate performs data collection and analysis efforts, develops project models, writes and/or proofreads academic papers, reports, presentations, and grant reporting.

Full time research assistant at the Federal Reserve Board of GovernorsRA job opportunity in the Division of Consumer and Community Affairs (DCCA) at the Fed Board in DC! Come work in my section within the "people and place" part of the FRB, + we give RAs time for independent research https://federalreserve.gov/start-job-search.htm job number 21846

Research Assistant, Foreign and Defense Policy, Asian Studies, AEI
The American Enterprise Institute, a leading nonprofit public policy research organization, seeks a full-time research assistant to work with scholars in the Foreign and Defense Policy department’s Asia team. This position will primarily be responsible for providing research, writing, and editing support to scholars studying US strategy in the Asia-Pacific and Indo-Pacific security and political issues, focusing particularly on Northeast Asia (Japan, China, Korean Peninsula, and Taiwan). Other duties include developing and organizing conferences, panel discussions, and events; overseeing long-term projects and the grant proposal process; supervising department interns; and providing administrative support including scheduling and coordinating travel.


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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