Research & Academia

RA opportunities at the Brookings Institution!

The Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution is currently recruiting for two exciting Research Assistant positions, starting in summer 2024. These are two year appointments, preferably beginning between June 1 and August 1, 2024. This is an excellent opportunity for recent graduates!

Opportunity with the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary policy:

Opportunity with the Center on Health Policy:

Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree by summer 2024 in Economics, Mathematics/Statistics, Public Policy, or other Social Sciences with a minor in Economics and will need to submit a cover letter, resume, two letters of recommendation, and a transcript. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis and will remain open until filled.

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Career Events Grad School Research & Academia

Missouri Valley Economic Association Annual Meeting

The Missouri Valley Economic Association Meeting will take place in Kansas City, MO from October 24-26, 2024 and call for papers is open! In addition to typical research sessions for publishing faculty, MVEA also includes professional development sessions, the opportunity to publish in the MVEA Journal of Economic Insight, and amazing opportunities for STUDENTS!  These include:

  • Undergraduate designated sessions
  • Masters student designated sessions
  • Best Paper awards for solo-authored, graduate, papers
  • A welcoming environment focused on supportive feedback

Check out highlights from MVEA’s 2023 or 2022 annual meetings to get an idea of what to expect.

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Research & Academia

Research Assistant – Centre for Economic Performance

The Centre for Economic Performance is hiring a research assistant. The position offers an opportunity to work on projects for the ERC funded Labor Policies for Inclusive Growth in the Centre for Economic Performance, and associated core Centre projects. The topics of research will be the impact of technology, immigration and imperfect competition on the labor market.

An undergraduate degree in Economics or other quantitative discipline to be completed by post start date is essential, as is experience of data work requiring great accuracy and attention to detail.

For more details on the position and the application process, please click here.

Grad School Research & Academia

University of Maryland – Pre-doctoral Trainee Program

The Department of Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park is recruiting two trainees for a new pre­doctoral program. The program will bring students to campus for one year of research experience under faculty supervision and for advanced course work. Trainees who successfully complete the pre-doctoral year will be invited to enroll in the UMD PhD program (with full funding) without further application.

The program seeks to prepare students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the economics profession for graduate work by providing relevant research experience and the opportunity to take additional courses, such as upper-level math and statistics, and to promote long-term investment in mentoring that extends from the pre-doctoral year through completion of the PhD.

For more information on the program and application process, please click here.

Grad School Research & Academia

University of Notre Dame – Pre-doctoral Research Associate, Economics

The university of Notre Dame has announced a new Poverty Initiative that is charged with establishing Notre Dame as a premier university in poverty-related research, student formation, and policy and program impact. The program will be hiring three pre-doctoral (pre-doc) Research Associates who work closely with faculty in different social science disciplines to assist in their empirical research. This pre-doc position will work in the field of economics, under the direction of two scholars in the department. Kasey Buckles will lead a team focused on developing the Census Tree and using the data for research in economic history and demography (with Joseph Price at BYU). Jeff Denning will supervise work in support of his research agenda on higher education opportunities.
This is an excellent opportunity for a student considering graduate school and would be a bridge between college and graduate school for students interested in empirical applied microeconomic research. Research associates will perform a variety of tasks including coordinating project logistics, creating analysis files, statistically analyzing data, helping to create presentations, editing research papers, assisting in the preparation of grant proposals, assisting in the writing of IRB protocols and data sharing agreements, and assisting in the dissemination of project results.
For more information about qualifications, and to apply, please click here.

Job Type Full-time
Schedule Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hours/Week 40
# of months 12
Application deadline 03/10/2024
Grad School Research & Academia

UT Austin – One-year Master’s Program

The Department of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin is still accepting applications for their one-year Master’s program. This STEM-designated program offers advising services and a dynamic curriculum for both career-focused and PhD-bound students, including data science courses and practicum opportunities.

The program’s flexible curriculum offers three different tracks: an accelerated 10-month track, an 18-month track, and a 24-month track.  In addition to core coursework in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics, students can take electives in several areas: game theory, industrial organization, labor economics, energy economics, and more.

For more information on the program & application process please click here.

Research & Academia

Research Associate – UCLA Anderson

Job Description:

Professor Ashvin Gandhi (UCLA Anderson School of Management) is looking to hire a full-time research associate to begin in summer 2024 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.


  • Strong quantitative background.
  • Strong grades in quantitative coursework (e.g. math, econ, stats) is required.
  • Background in economics is a plus but is not necessary. Applicants with strong technical backgrounds and enthusiasm to learn are welcome.
  • Experience with statistical software such as Stata, R, or Python.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated programming proficiency and the ability to work in other languages, such as Julia or C++.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with experience working with large datasets.
  • Candidates with less programming experience but an enthusiasm to learn are encouraged to apply and will be given serious consideration.

Fore more information on how to apply, please click here.

Research & Academia

Faculty Research Analyst – Wharton, University of Pennsylvania


Successful research analysts will support research by Professors Arthur van Benthem and Susanna Berkouwer, in economics of energy and the environment. There are several open positions. Examples of recent projects include: efficiency losses from imperfect environmental policies, energy efficiency adoption, fuel economy standards, carbon offsets, infrastructure construction, and pass-through and market power in the context of solar subsidies. Successful candidates will join Wharton’s Department of Business Economics and Public Policy (BEPP) and become part of a cohort of predoctoral research fellows. BEPP offers many opportunities for personal and professional development through learning new technical skills, attending seminars, and taking courses. In some instances, predoc RAs have become co-authors of academic papers.

For more information on job responsibilities, qualifications, and the application process, please click here.

Research & Academia

Full-time Research Professional – The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business


Professors Chris Campos, Rebecca Dizon-Ross, and Matthew Notowidigdo have opened a search for a full-time Research Professional at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.  RPs will be working on projects in labor, health, development, and education.  Please review their job ad for more details. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; the first review will be February 14.

Law/philanthropy Research & Academia

Criminal Justice Research Analyst at Arnold Ventures

Arnold Ventures is a philanthropy whose core objective is to maximize opportunity and minimize injustice. They are dedicated to tackling some of the most pressing problems in the United States. They invest in sustainable change, building it from the ground up based on research, deep thinking, and a strong foundation of evidence. They drive public conversation, craft policy, and inspire action through education and advocacy.

Position Overview

The AV Criminal Justice team aims to improve public safety and make the U.S. criminal justice system fairer and more effective. They work with experts from inside and outside of government and across disciplines to support rigorous, policy-relevant research on what works; develop policies based on research and evidence; and advance meaningful policy change at the federal, state, and local levels.

AV is seeking a Criminal Justice Research Analyst to support the research team across its various portfolios to help identify and analyze opportunities for high-impact philanthropic projects in the field of criminal justice. This position will be located in AV’s Houston, New York or Washington, D.C. office and will report to the Director of Criminal Justice Research.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required in a relevant field such as economics, sociology, political science, psychology, criminal justice, criminology, public policy, or other social sciences
  • 1 – 2 years of relevant work experience including part-time work or internships; preferably in positions conducting policy-relevant research and evaluation projects, policy reform, and/​or project management
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to summarize and communicate key takeaways to diverse, nontechnical audiences.
  • Exceptional project management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to analyze problems, assess potential solutions, and articulate tradeoffs

The salary range for this position will be $75,000-$90,000.

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