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Philadelphia, United States
Starts 2024-07-01. Duration: 2 years
Arthur van Benthem www
University of Pennsylvania www
Research Assistant (Pre-Doc)
Development; Growth  •  Environmental; Ag. Econ.
12 Sep 2023
1 Dec 2023
1 Jul 2024


The successful candidate will support research by Professors Arthur van Benthem, Susanna Berkouwer, and Shing-Yi Wang in economics of energy and the environment and/or development economics. There are several open positions. Examples of recent projects include: efficiency losses from imperfect environmental policies, energy efficiency adoption, personnel economics, fuel economy standards, infrastructure construction, migrant labor markets, pass-through and market power in the context of solar subsidies, hurricane insurance, and housing market issues.

You 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.


Job responsibilities include performing a variety of statistical and econometric analyses, cleaning and analyzing data, writing research reports, conducting background research and literature reviews, identifying and obtaining secondary data, coding survey questionnaires, and managing field activities. Independent thinking, a thorough understanding of economics or related disciplines, an ability to manage work flows on multiple projects, and self-motivation are highly valued in performing these functions.

This is a challenging opportunity for an early-career professional who is passionate about social science research and has a strong desire to expand and deepen skills in economic research and quantitative data analysis. You will work closely with Professors van Benthem, Berkouwer and Wang, who will provide supervision on research and offer mentorship on academic development more broadly. You will also be encouraged to be an active part of the research community, within the BEPP department and in relevant Wharton research centers. We anticipate that the successful candidate would work in this position for 1 or 2 years, before going on to graduate programs or careers in Economics, Public Policy, or another quantitative social science.


● BA/BS in Economics, Statistics, or a related quantitative discipline;
● Previous experience as a research analyst or conducting independent research using statistical software such as STATA or R is preferred;
● Ability to analyze data and write reports;
● Self-directed, intrinsically motivated; capacity to manage work independently and organize workflows across multiple projects.


This is a full-time position based in Philadelphia, starting on July 1, 2024. This position is eligible for full Penn vacation and sick leave accrual. Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $55,000 – $60,000 plus benefits. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: Remote work may be possible for a temporary period.


Please apply on-line at

Search for reference number: JR00062485.

For the application to be considered complete, please submit a brief cover letter, explaining your interest in the position, a cv, and all your academic transcripts. We will review applications on a rolling basis; the deadline to apply is December 1, 2023.

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class. The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. Women, minority candidates, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

We will also consider applicants who are not yet authorized to work in the United States.


Wharton’s Business Economics and Public Policy Department is an applied microeconomics department that has been an innovative force in research, teaching, and public service. Areas of faculty expertise include energy and environmental economics, development economics, industrial organization, experimental and behavioral economics, public and urban economics, and gender and discrimination. Our faculty have held presidential appointments on federal regulatory commissions, held research appointments and fellowships in government and not-for-profit think tanks, and serve on the boards of many corporations.

The Wharton Climate Center supports cutting edge research, provides thought leadership, and brings together stakeholders from academia, government, and the private sector to design smart public and private sector policies related to topics such as climate change, renewable energy, air and water pollution, waste disposal, biodiversity, and deforestation. See

Penn Development Research Initiative (PDRI) projects focus on various aspects of international development including education, health, governance, environment, gender, urbanization and migration, labor markets, poverty, and economic growth. Through regular seminars, conferences, collaborative research projects, and dissemination activities, PDRI makes it possible for faculty and graduate students at Penn to expand their efforts to conduct research that advances science and contributes to the improvement of well-being in developing countries. See

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Location of job: Vance Hall, 3733 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104, United States
Degree required: Bachelors
Job start date: 2024-07-01
Job duration: 2 years
Letters of reference required: 2
Interviews: Interviews will be conducted remotely by video

Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Flexible start date. Duration: 3 years
Various departments www
Frankfurt School of Finance & Management www
Postdoctoral Scholar  •  Research Assistant
Finance  •  Macroeconomics; Monetary
5 Sep 2023
30 Nov 2023
30 Nov 2023

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management is one of Europe’s leading business schools, accredited by AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. We are seeking to fill one position as Postdoctoral Researcher (f/m/x).

Frankfurt School is in the process of establishing the “Centre for Central Banking” to advance knowledge on central bank policies. The focus is on the effectiveness and transmission channels of monetary policy, potential side effects as well as the interaction with other policy areas. The postdoctoral fellow should specialize in the broad topics of central banking and financial markets and will work with a team of researchers and practitioners active in this area. The selected candidate will contribute to the centre's initiatives primarily through their research in these fields. The position has a duration of three years.

We are looking for research excellence and the potential to publish in top finance or economics journals. Applicants must have completed a PhD degree in economics or finance by September 2024 and should have expertise in empirical work. Prior experience in the analysis of large financial market datasets, including unstructured data is a plus. We explicitly encourage international applications. German language skills are not required at Frankfurt School. We offer competitive salaries and generous travel/research support.

For further information about Frankfurt School, see our website: The city of Frankfurt is ranked 7th worldwide in the Economist Intelligence Units’s “Global Liveability“ Ranking 2022 as well as ranked 7th worldwide in the latest Mercer “Quality of Living“-Ranking.

The deadline for applications is November 30, 2023. Applications should be submitted online via Interfolio, and include a cover letter, CV, two letters of recommendation, and research papers. Start date is subject to agreement, preferably no later than autumn 2024. Contact Prof. Emanuel Mönch ( for further information.

Frankfurt School offers a state-of-the-art campus and stimulating research and educational environment, with all the opportunities of a vibrant private business school. We value diversity and seek talented students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. Frankfurt School is an equal opportunities employer.

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Location of job: gGmbH, Adickesallee 32-34, Frankfurt am Main, 60322, Germany
Degree required: Doctorate
Job start date: Flexible
Job duration: 3 years
Letters of reference required: 2

Salamanca, Spain
Starts 2023-11-01. Duration: 30 months
Fernando Rodriguez www
Universidad de Salamanca www
Research Assistant  •  Research Assistant (Pre-Doc)
Environmental; Ag. Econ.
21 Sep 2023
16 Oct 2023
31 Oct 2023
31 Oct 2023

Research Assistant (Environmental Economics / Ecosystem Services Valuation), pre-Doc or post-Doc

The Department of Applied Economics at the University of Salamanca (Spain) invites applications for the aforementioned position.

The future assistant will develop research in economic valuation of ecosystem services and natural capital related to different research projects, in terrestrial and marine environments.

Candidates should have:

  • background in environmental economics or economic valuation of ecosystem services,
  • competencies in valuation methods and their applications,
  • ability to contribute to these fields.

Also expected is research cooperation with other groups. Experience in project management will be valued.

Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, 3 referees, and a statement of research interests.

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Location of job: Universidad de Salamanca, Departamento de Economía Aplicada, Facultad de Derecho, Campus Miguel de Unamuno, s/n, Salamanca, Salamanca, 37007, Spain
Degree required: Masters
Job start date: 2023-11-01
Job duration: 30 months
Letters of reference required: 3
Interviews: Interviews will be conducted remotely by video starting October, 2023.
Application deadline: 31 Oct 2023 midnight UTC

Norwich, United Kingdom
Starts 2024-01-08.
Centre for Competition Policy www
University of East Anglia www
Research Assistant
Business Economics
5 Sep 2023
15 Oct 2023
15 Oct 2023

Faculty of Social Sciences
Centre for Competition Policy

Research Fellow
Ref: RA2147 Starting salary from £44,737 per annum, dependant on skills and experience, with an annual increment up to £51,805 per annum.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Research Fellow to join the Centre for Competition Policy.

Reporting to the Centre Director and working closely with the Director and Centre Manager, the CCP Research Fellow will support the Centre in both a co-ordination and a research capacity, to ensure the effective delivery of the Centre’s research strategy, including performing projects for the CCP, research liaison, dissemination, and independent research.

It is expected that your time will be split between Centre duties, including CCP project work (including research and UEA Consulting project writing and associated data/econometric/statistics work) and the securing of research or UEA Consulting awards and tenders, and independent research leading to publications of at least national quality, and with evidence of potential international quality.

You should have an interest in CCP’s research and hold a PhD in economics or a related subject that includes advanced skills in econometrics, data collection and processing, and demonstrable ability to produce publications of at least national quality, with evidence of potential international quality. You should also have demonstrable experience of research administration/co-ordination and management, ideally including the preparation of research bids.

This full-time post is available from 8 January 2024 on an indefinite basis.

Further information on our great benefits package, including 44 days annual leave inclusive of Bank Holidays and additional University Customary days can be found on our benefits page.

Closing date: 15 October 2023

The University holds an Athena Swan Silver Institutional Award in recognition of our advancement towards gender equality.

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Location of job: University Of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7TJ, United Kingdom
Degree required: Doctorate
Job start date: 2024-01-08
Job duration: Continuing/permanent
Letters of reference required: 3

St. Louis, United States
Flexible start date.
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis www
Research Assistant (Pre-Doc)
Any field
13 Jul 2023
13 Oct 2023
13 Oct 2023

The St. Louis Fed hires several Research Associates each year. Start dates for this search are in the Spring or Summer of 2024.

This is an excellent opportunity to work with, learn, and engage with our reputable economist staff, visiting fellows and scholars. Former St. Louis RAs have continued their careers in other Bank divisions, in PhD programs, and in the private sector. More Information can be found in the RAjobs link below under the success stories tab.

Visit for a detailed overview of the RA position.

What are the day-to-day activities?

  • Perform statistical, econometric, computational and analytical research that economists can use for publication in academic journals.
  • Utilize Excel and statistical packages such as Stata, R, Matlab, Julia, Python, and SAS.
  • Collect, organize and interpret economic and financial data.
  • Review academic journals, market sources and government reports.
  • Write short articles or assist economists in developing short articles and presentations on current economic and financial conditions and policy issues.
  • Attend to additional assignments, including gathering and organizing survey data and anecdotal information and summarizing economic data for the Beige Book.


  • A GPA of 3.5 or above
  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, econometrics, or quantitative economics
  • Strong background in mathematics and statistics, including coursework in Calculus II, Econometrics, Linear Algebra, and Differential equations
  • Previous economic research experience, such as undergraduate research assistant, research-related internship or independent research project.
  • All Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including receiving a COVID-19 booster when eligible, unless the Bank grants an accommodation based on a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit the documents requested below:

NOTE: Applications will not be considered without all of these materials.

For questions or concerns, contact:


Bring your passion and expertise, and we'll provide the opportunities that will challenge you and propel your growth—along with a wide range of benefits and perks that support your health, wealth, and life.

In addition to great compensation package, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes tuition assistance, generous paid time off, top-notch health care benefits, child and family care leave, professional development opportunities, a 401(k) match, pension, and more. All brought together in a flexible work environment where you can truly find balance.

Ranked as the #2 Top Workplace in the St. Louis Region in 2020, the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis is committed to building an inclusive workplace, where employees' diversity—in age, gender, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, and cultural traditions, religion, life experiences, education and socioeconomic backgrounds—are recognized as a strength.

The Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Location of job: 1 Federal Reserve Bank Plaza, St. Louis, Mo, 63102, United States
Degree required: Bachelors
Job start date: Flexible
Job duration: Continuing/permanent
Application deadline: 13 Oct 2023 midnight UTC

Zürich, Switzerland
Flexible start date.
Department of Economics www
University of Zurich www
Research Assistant (Pre-Doc)
Any field
7 Sep 2023
29 Sep 2023
6 Oct 2023

The Department of Economics of the University of Zurich invites applications for the position of a Full-Time Predoctoral Research Associate in Economics. The Research Associate receives an appointment of two years at the Department of Economics and will work closely with Prof. David Dorn.

The position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in developing cutting-edge empirical research. It will support research projects on labor markets, globalization, technological change, and political economy.

Specific responsibilities include obtaining, organizing and cleaning data, analysing data using statistical software, presenting results, and writing documentations and reports. See for past research projects and data outputs.

Job Qualifications:

  • Experience: Candidates should have hands-on experience with statistical software, ideally including Stata and possibly Matlab or R. Formal post-undergraduate professional experience is not required.
  • Education: This position is usually filled by those with a Bachelor's or Master’s degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, mathematics, statistics, or related fields. Training in microeconomics, econometrics, and statistics is required.
  • Communication: Good oral and written communication skills in English. Knowledge of German is not required.
  • Time Management: Proven ability to handle several different projects/tasks at one time, successfully complete tasks assigned, and meet deadlines. A willingness to work hard, be self-motivated and learn will be essential for doing well in this position.
  • Citizenship: Both EU citizens and non-EU citizens are welcome to apply.

The Pre-Doc is a full-time position a flexible start date around January 2024 and end date in late summer 2025. The successful candidate will join a motivated team of young researchers based in Zurich. Alumni of the University of Zurich’s Pre-Doc program have subsequently gone on to many prestigious PhD programs in Europe and overseas.

Complete applications including motivation letter, CV, and academic transcripts and should be sent to uploaded here. Applicants should also arrange for two reference letters, ideally written by supervisors of past research-related activities. The screening of applications will start on September 29, 2023.

For any questions please send an email to

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Location of job: Schönberggasse 1, Zürich, 8001, Switzerland
Degree required: None
Job start date: Flexible
Job duration: Continuing/permanent
Letters of reference required: 2
Interviews: Interviews will be conducted remotely by video starting October, 2023.

Cambridge, United States
Starts 2024-07-01. Duration: 2 years
Opportunity Insights www
Research Assistant (Pre-Doc)
Any field
13 Sep 2023
6 Oct 2023
6 Oct 2023

Opportunity Insights (OI) at Harvard University is hiring several full-time predoctoral fellows to start in Summer 2024 to work with our research group and under the direction of Raj Chetty, John Friedman, and Nathan Hendren. OI is a nonpartisan research and policy institute focused on improving economic opportunity. Founded in 2018, OI has become a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the science of economic mobility and in the use of large administrative data to understand and address inequality. OI has published seminal work on national trends in upward mobility; racial disparities; the role of neighborhoods, social capital, and higher education in upward mobility; and the use of private-sector data to understand disparate impacts in the recent economic recession and recovery. Much of the team’s ongoing research uses quasi-experimental methods to identify causal effects and test the predictions of economic and sociological models. Examples of current research projects include: long-term impacts of neighborhoods and place-based policies, the role of colleges in upward mobility, using big data to address health disparities, and measuring how social networks affect mobility. OI’s work has shaped policy discussions at the national and local level, with nearly a dozen of its studies covered on the front pages of major media outlets, such as the New York Times, The Economist, The Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal, and have been widely cited in policy discussions.

Fellows will be based at Harvard or Brown Universities under the direction of Professors Chetty, Friedman, and Hendren. The fellowship will include a variety of tasks that provide preparation for graduate school, such as analyzing data, developing statistical models, creating presentations, and editing research papers. In addition to working with OI faculty, predoctoral fellows frequently co-author papers with other students or faculty members. Fellows will interact regularly with professors and their collaborators – such as Stefanie DeLuca, David Deming, Matthew Jackson, Larry Katz, Theresa Kuchler, Michael Stepner, and Johannes Stroebel – in a team-oriented lab environment, with regular lab meetings, seminars, and other events. Fellows also have the opportunity to support our research translation and policy work through such resources as the Opportunity Atlas, the Social Capital Atlas, and the Economic Tracker.

Fellows are invited to participate in broader activities at Harvard and Brown, including seminars and courses. The program serves as an ideal bridge between college and graduate school for students interested in empirical economics. Most previous fellows have gone on to top Ph.D. programs. Salary and benefits are competitive with other top predoctoral fellowships.

As an organization focused on economic mobility, we value the many backgrounds, perspectives, and lived experiences in our community. We welcome applications from persons from underrepresented groups. Even if applicants are uncertain whether their technical research skill or subject-matter knowledge will be competitive, we strongly encourage applications.

Applicants should have completed a bachelor’s degree (or be on track to complete by July 2024) or master’s degree, have strong quantitative skills, and experience with empirical research methods. Candidates with research experience are strongly preferred, especially those with programming experience in Stata, SAS, R, and/or Python. Candidates need not be Economics majors, though they should have a strong interest in and some experience with Economics. Successful candidates have come from a variety of backgrounds (including from undergraduate and graduate programs, industry jobs, and other research assistant positions), and have a range of skill levels and experience with coding.

Fellowships will begin around July 1, 2024. Fellows typically work at OI full-time for two years before starting graduate school in Economics or another social science or pursuing other related career paths.


Cambridge, MA

Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

For further details and application instructions, please visit:


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Location of job: 1280 Massachusetts Ave, Second floor, Cambridge, MA, 02138, United States
Degree required: Bachelors
Job start date: 2024-07-01
Job duration: 2 years

Vienna, Austria
Starts 2024-01-08. Duration: 3 years
Research Institute Economics of Inequality www
Vienna University of Economics and Business www
Doctoral student
Various fields
Labor; Demographic Economics  •  Public Economics  •  Health; Education; Welfare
27 Jul 2023
17 Sep 2023
20 Sep 2023
30 Sep 2023

PhD Researcher at the Research Institute Economics of Inequality (INEQ), Vienna University of Economics and Business (3 years)

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student to join our project “Multidimensional Intergenerational Social Mobility and Pathways to Upward Mobility in Austria”. In this project, we will use novel administrative data to examine the causal mechanisms that shape social mobility in Austria. With this data we will investigate the extent to which the luck of being born into a specific family is mitigated by factors such as neighborhoods, education and training, and local labor markets.

The fully funded PhD position starts in January 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter, and will be based at the Research Institute Economics of Inequality at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Vienna) for the duration of three years. You will work on all aspects of the project as an integral part of a larger research team based at Vienna University of Economics and Business and the Central European University and with the Principal Investigators Franziska Disslbacher, Alice Kügler and Petra Sauer, and a Postdoctoral Researcher.


  • Master’s degree in Economics or a related field, or an existing enrollment in a PhD program relevant to the successful conduct of empirical research.
  • A strong interest in applied economics and the economics of inequality.
  • Experience working with micro-data and/or large datasets, and ideally, you have worked with administrative data such as tax data or social insurance records.
  • Outstanding quantitative skills and knowledge of statistics and econometrics.
  • Knowledge of statistical and econometric software, such as R or STATA.
  • Commitment to high quality research.
  • Ability to work both independently as well as collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and intellectual breadth.
  • Effective written and verbal communication and time and task management skills.
  • Fluency in English is essential. Knowledge of German is not required but an advantage.

What to expect

  • You will conduct innovative and high-quality research on intergenerational social mobility and its underlying mechanisms.
  • You will have a central role in all aspects of the research process, including data construction and analysis, the development of empirical models, quantitatively assessing effects using econometric techniques, interpreting the results, conducting robustness analyses, and drafting and publishing academic papers.
  • You will work with novel datasets constructed from administrative data on earnings, income, taxation and transfers, education, and firms.
  • You will be part of an interdisciplinary team delivering high-impact research that is published in top international academic journals.
  • You will present your research at international conferences, with funding for travel expenses available.
  • You will be involved in a wide range of project dissemination activities, including workshops, drafting of policy briefs, the production of a podcast on social mobility and an interactive project webpage.
  • You will be encouraged to contribute to the overall activities of the institute and university more broadly and attend seminars.
  • The position is based in Vienna and requires regular presence at the research institute.
  • The position does not include a teaching obligation, even if some involvement in teaching activities is possible.
  • You will be part of a leading PhD program in economics and social sciences at WU Vienna, complete general and field-specific PhD courses and regularly interact with PhD supervisors.
  • You will hold a fully funded PhD position for three years for 30 hours per week. Your salary will be paid according to the collective agreement for universities.

What we offer

  • You will be an integral part of a team of researchers with expertise in the economics of inequality, labor economics, public economics, and quantitative social sciences.
  • You will be based at the dynamic, interdisciplinary, and growing Research Institute Economics of Inequality, with a strong international network. The institute is embedded in the Departments of Economics and Socioeconomics and investigates the causes, consequences, and the measurement of economic inequalities.
  • Inspiring working atmosphere as part of an international academic team in a healthy and fair working environment.
  • The position offers a broad range of on-the-job learning and training opportunities and mentoring from supervisors.
  • You will work on a modern campus, easily accessible by public transportation, and with spectacular architecture in the heart of Vienna.
  • You will live in one of the most livable cities in the world that hosts a growing economics community.
  • Flexible working hours.
  • A wide range of benefits, from an in-house medical officer to athletic activities to a variety of employee discounts in a productive working environment.


We offer a competitive salary. The current monthly gross salary amounts to € 2,457 (paid 14 times per year).

How to apply

Please submit your application documents until September 20, 2023, via the WU Vienna recruitment portal ( The documents should consist of:

a) Your CV.

b) A writing sample. In the case of co-authored work, please attach a statement explaining your contributions to the paper.

c) A cover letter, detailing your motivation for joining the project, as well as your research experience and examples of previous work with large datasets.

d) Reference letters or contact details of referees.

For further information about this position, please contact Franziska Disslbacher (

We value geographical and gender diversity, thus encouraging applications from women and/or other underrepresented groups to apply. Qualified candidates with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. If necessary, part-time employment (reduced hours) is possible.

We recognize that personal and family circumstances shape the trajectory of one’s career and working patterns. We encourage applicants to detail periods of leave, part-time work, or other such situations in their applications so that the Search Committee can assess an applicant’s academic record fairly in the context of their circumstances. Any declaration of personal and family circumstances is voluntary and will be handled confidentially and only considered as far as it impacts on the academic career of an applicant.

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Location of job: Welthandelsplatz 1, Building D3, Vienna, Vienna, 1020, Austria
Degree required: Masters
Job start date: 2024-01-08
Job duration: 3 years
Letters of reference required: 2