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Philadelphia, United States
Starts 2023-07-01. Duration: 2 years
Arthur van Benthem www
University of Pennsylvania www
Research Assistant (Pre-Doc)
Various fields
Development; Growth  •  Environmental; Ag. Econ.  •  Experimental Economics  •  Industrial Organization  •  Public Economics  •  Behavioral Economics
15 Oct 2022
1 Jul 2023
1 Jul 2023


The successful candidate will support research by Wharton economics professors. There are several open positions, and depending on interest the candidate will work in economics of energy and the environment (Profs. van Benthem and Berkouwer), public economics (Profs. Lockwood and Rees-Jones), industrial organization (Prof. Doraszelski and Musolff) and behavioral and experimental economics (Profs. Kessler and Low).

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 BEPP professors, 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, 2023. This position is eligible for full Penn vacation and sick leave accrual. Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $50,000 – $55,000 plus benefits. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: Part-time remote work may be possible.


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. Accepting applications on a rolling basis until the job start date of July 1st, 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.

Applicants must be 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.

To apply, visit (See posting for details.)

Location of job: 1354 Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall, 3620 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA, 19104, United States
Degree required: Bachelors
Job start date: 2023-07-01
Job duration: 2 years
Interviews: Interviews will be conducted remotely by video starting July, 2023.
California Policy Lab www
Research Assistant
Political Economy
10 Nov 2022
10 Apr 2023
10 Apr 2023

Senior Researcher in Applied Microeconomics and Quantitative Public Policy at the California Policy Lab at UCLA

University of California Los Angeles

Requisition Number: JPF07962

About the California Policy Lab

The California Policy Lab (CPL) creates data-driven insights for the public good. Our mission is to improve the lives of Californians by generating evidence that transforms public policy. We do this by forming lasting partnerships between government and California's flagship public universities to harness the power of research and administrative data. We work on California's most urgent issues, including homelessness, unemployment, poverty, criminal justice reform, and education inequality. We facilitate close working partnerships between policymakers and researchers at the University of California to help evaluate and improve public programs through rigorous empirical research and technical assistance. CPL recognizes the value of having a diverse staff at all levels of the organization. We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent and understand the diverse racial and ethnic, gender identity, sexual orientation, educational, socioeconomic, cultural, and disability backgrounds present in California. When you join our team, you can expect to be part of an inclusive and equity-focused community.

The Position

This is an exciting role for a mid- or advanced-career researcher who wants to design and conduct policy-relevant research in partnership with state and local agencies in California. The ideal candidate has expertise in one or more of the following areas: homelessness, employment, workforce development, or the social safety net. The Researcher conducts independent quantitative research, including conceptualizing research questions and designs; overseeing the requesting, receiving, and cleaning of data files; creating and overseeing the implementation of analysis plans; conducting quality assurance reviews; summarizing results in documents for both academic and policy audiences; and generating replicability documentation. The Researcher can implement and defend multiple causal research designs, including randomized control trials, quasi-experimental designs, and non-experimental designs. The Researcher will write grant proposals to support research tasks and contribute to grant reporting.

The Researcher will also supervise junior staff. A successful candidate has demonstrated experience managing research projects, supervising research teams, mentoring junior staff, and supporting professional development of team members. They will also participate and help lead CPL hiring and organizational development.

The position will report to the Faculty Director, and will work directly with leading social policy researchers at UC and beyond, state and local government agency staff, and CPL's leadership team. Researcher/Senior Researcher job title and campus title will be based on experience and qualifications.

Salary Range $105,000 to $155,000

Preferred qualifications

● Record of independent research and publication, including leading research design, analysis, and writing for

both academic and policy audiences.

● Experience managing research projects, including supervising and assigning tasks to project staff.

● Experience writing grant proposals, communicating with funders, and managing grant reporting.

● Expertise in one or more of CPL's primary policy areas.

● Experience working with large and complex datasets, including administrative datasets.

● Knowledge of data management systems, practices, and standards.

● Ability to work discreetly with sensitive and confidential data.

● Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work both independently and as a team member.

● Strong organizational skills and attention to detail and ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes.

● Experience collaborating with government agency partners

To apply, please visit:

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy,

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Location of job: 4284 School of Public Affairs, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, 90095, United States
Degree required: Doctorate
Job start date: Flexible
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
20 Jan 2023
15 Mar 2023
15 Mar 2023

The St. Louis Fed hires several Research Associates each year. Start dates for this search are in the Spring or Summer of 2023.

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
Interviews: Interviews will be conducted remotely by video starting March, 2023.
Application deadline: 15 Mar 2023 midnight UTC
Department of Economics and Business www
Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale www
Associate Professor  •  Research Assistant
Any field
2 Dec 2022
28 Feb 2023
28 Feb 2023

The Department of Economic and Business Studies (DiSEI) at the Università del Piemonte Orientale (UPO) is about to recruit economists for a tenure track position (RTDb). We will publish at least two calls in Economics (SECS-P/1) within the next few months (the first call should appear in the Gazzetta by 16/12/2022). The Department is located in Novara, 80km east of Turin, 50km west of Milan, and just 30km south of Malpensa Airport - Milan, one of Italy’s major transport hubs.

The economics group is international, young, and in expansion. You will have a chance to shape the future of the group with us. You should have a PhD in economics and at least three years of experience as a post-doc. Knowledge of Italian for teaching is required. Tenure as associate professor will be given after obtaining the National Scientific Habilitation (Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale di seconda fascia) within three years (the Department may anticipate the promotion).

The annual gross starting salary is € 44.009. For applicants transferring from abroad, Italy offers a generous ten year tax holiday.

If you are interested, feel free to contact Martin Zagler (, Francesco Figari ( or Giorgia Casalone ( for further information and for being alerted once the calls have been published.

To apply, send a message to,, (See posting for details.)

Location of job: via E. Perrone, 18, Novara, Italy
Degree required: Doctorate
Job start date: Flexible
Job duration: Continuing/permanent

Belfield, Ireland
Starts 2023-09-01. Duration: 4 years
Nora Margot Strecker www
University College Dublin www
Research Assistant
Public Economics
29 Nov 2022
31 Jan 2023
28 Feb 2023

The PhD Fellowship is funded through the Ad Astra Fellowship of Dr. Nora Strecker. The project undertaken with this PhD Fellowship will be at the intersection of public economics, public finance, inequality, and international economics. Research will focus on the economic effects of different forms of taxation and how taxation has been shaped by political, social, and economic factors.

Tasks will include, among others, collecting and programming calculators for income and wealth taxation, contributing to co-authored research projects, and presenting research outputs on a regular interval.

The successful candidate will have to complete the UCD School of Economics PhD programme and be located in the research facility of UCD Geary Institute. The candidate will require skills in public economics and public finance, microeconometric methods, and an interest in taxation and inequality.

The PhD Fellowship includes:

  • Tax-free stipend of €19,500 per year for 4 years, plus additional top-ups.
  • A fee waiver for the four years.
  • €4,000 per annum to support research (conference participation and travel, purchase of a computer and software).

Mandatory Selection Criteria:

  • Master’s degree in economics, or equivalent quantitative graduate degree with knowledge of economics or quantitative social sciences
  • Experience with social science statistical data analysis software (STATA/R)
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel)
  • Analytical and critical evaluation skills
  • Excellent English communication skills including report writing and presentation skills.
  • Attention to detail and strong organisational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • An interest in public finance and taxation

Application Process:

  • Application should be made to Dr. Nora Strecker ( by January 31, 2023.
  • The application must include:
    • CV including the name of two references. Please include the letters of recommendation along with your application or have your references send them directly to the email above.
    • Copy of diplomas and transcripts of records.
    • Application letter outlining personal research interests and suitability of the Fellowship.
    • If possible, please supply an example of previous research: Bachelor or Master’s thesis, research project, etc.
  • The successful candidacy is subject to the approval of the UCD Graduate Research Board and subsequent admittance to the PhD programme via the UCD on-line system.

To apply, send a message to (See posting for details.)

Location of job: UCD School of Economics, Belfield, Dublin, 4, Ireland
Degree required: Masters
Job start date: 2023-09-01
Job duration: 4 years
Letters of reference required: 3

Zürich, Switzerland
Starts 2023-05-01. Duration: 1 year
Department of Economics www
University of Zurich www
Research Assistant (Pre-Doc)
Various fields
Development; Growth  •  Environmental; Ag. Econ.  •  Public Economics  •  Behavioral Economics  •  Political Economy
12 Dec 2022
15 Feb 2023
15 Feb 2023

The Department of Economics at the University of Zurich, a leading European research department, representing a wide range of research interests in all areas of economics, invites applicants for the position of a Predoctoral Research Fellow in Economics.

The predoctoral fellow receives an appointment of one to two years and will work closely with Prof. Lorenzo Casaburi on several projects on agricultural markets and finance in Sub-Saharan Africa. The projects build on field experiments and on the analysis of administrative databases.

Your responsibilities

The position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in carrying out and developing cutting-edge empirical research. We expect to involve the candidate in different stages of research, including brainstorming, literature reviews, field experiment design and supervision, model building, data processing, data analysis, data visualization and writing.

Your profile

The candidate must possess (at the time of starting) a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with excellent grades in Economics or another quantitative field (such as, but not limited to, Biology, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, or Physics).

We are looking for a person who enjoys independent problem-solving and thrives on taking high-level directional advice and then running with this advice as far as possible. A willingness to work hard, be self-motivated and learn will be essential for doing well in this position.

Candidates need experience with Stata. Knowledge of other statistical programs such as R or Python is welcome. Experience with GIS or QGIS is an asset.

Very good oral and written communication skills in English. Knowledge of German is not required.

What we offer

This position offers a range of on-the-job learning opportunities and mentoring from faculty supervisor in an inspiring and interdisciplinary academic environment. The predoctoral fellow will join a dynamic and inter-disciplinary team of international researchers.

The predoctoral position is a full-time commitment, combines research work with learning activities and is ideal for a recent graduate who is interested in going on to do a PhD in Economics.

Place of work

The position is based in Switzerland, Zurich

Start of employment

Employment start date: earliest May 1, 2023, latest September 1, 2023.
Length of commitment: The appointment will be for one year and can be extended by an additional year.
The end of this position is in summer/fall 2024.

Further information

Please submit your application by February 15, 2023 (including motivation letter, CV, academic transcripts, and at least two letters of references). We review applications on an ongoing basis.

Complete applications including motivation letter, CV and academic transcripts should be sent via our job portal Letters of reference can be sent separately to Natascha Bär (, but please note that your application will not be considered until we receive all required documents (including letters of references). If letters of references are sent separately, the subject line of your email must follow the following format: Letter of reference– Casaburi – First Name Second Name (E.g., Letter of reference – Casaburi – John Smith).

For more information see:

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Location of job: Schönberggasse 1, Zürich, 8001, Switzerland
Degree required: Bachelors
Job start date: 2023-05-01
Job duration: 1 year
Letters of reference required: 2

Dublin 2, Ireland
Flexible start date. Duration: 3 years
Jian Cao www
Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin www
Research Assistant
Various fields
Econometrics  •  Other  •  Computational Economics  •  Statistics
26 Nov 2022
9 Jan 2023
9 Feb 2023

We have an opening for a Research Fellow (postdoc) in machine learning applied to the social sciences (conflict/war) at Trinity College Dublin (Department of Political Science). Of particular interest are candidates with experience in time series analysis and clustering but we are open to a broad range of profiles

The position will be a part of the ERC Consolidator Grant PaCE (Patterns of Conflict Escalation) which searches for repeating patterns in pre-war time series. The successful candidate will join a growing and dynamic team of computer scientists, physicists, and social scientists.

More information about the position and how to apply is available at:

The closing date is January 9th. More information about the project is available at:

To apply, send a message to (See posting for details.)

Location of job: College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland
Degree required: Doctorate
Job start date: Flexible
Job duration: 3 years
Letters of reference required: 3
Interviews: Interviews will be conducted remotely by video

Aarhus, Denmark
Starts 2023-09-01. Duration: 3 years
Department of Economics and Business Economics, School of Business and Social Sciences www
Aarhus University www
Research Assistant
Industrial Organization  •  Business Economics
11 Jan 2023
2 Feb 2023
2 Feb 2023

A number of PhD positions are available at the PhD programme in Economics and Business Economics. You may apply with a freestanding project of your own choice or with a project description that relates to the specific project outlined below. The majority of positions available are intended for freestanding projects.

Applicants should specify in the application whether they are interested in one of the specific projects outlined below.

FIND Research Centre

Research Centre for Firms and Industry Dynamics (FIND) is supported by the Carlsberg Foundation and seeks PhD applications.

Research proposals should relate to:
(i) international economics and industrial organisation focusing on firms, industry dynamics,worker outcomes or policy aspects,
(ii) applications of firm-level data or matched employer-employee register data to questions of firm performance or aggregate implications, including structural estimation, or
(iii) applied theory and general equilibrium modelling of firm and industry dynamics, including IO micro foundations in international macroeconomics.

For further information about this project, please contact Professor Philipp Schröder, email:

Formal requirements

You can read more about how to apply in the application guide and find the rules and regulations of the PhD education here.

The following criteria are decisive in the assessment of the candidates:

  • the applicant’s academic qualifications (assessed on the basis of the qualifying degree)
  • the quality and relevance of the project proposal
  • the applicant’s level of academic aptitude and assessed ability to complete the project within the framework of the PhD programme

You can read more about the assessment procedure and committees appointed by the dean here. Please note that for applications to the programme for Psychology and Behavioural Science, the criteria for assessment are specified here.

Applicants are very much encouraged to supply documentation as to how they rank compared to their class (both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees). This may for example be in the form of a letter from your University stating either how you rank as an individual student compared to other students the year you graduated ("ranks as no. 6 out of 111" or "ranks as among the best 8 percent") or if that is not possible, general information from your University as to how grades were distributed in the year of your graduation will be appreciated.

Please note that Aarhus BSS Graduate School reserves the right to evaluate the applications on the basis of the documentation received before deadline, and you will not necessarily be asked for further documentation. Furthermore, Aarhus BSS Graduate School reserves the right to reject application that do not comply with the limitations as stated in the application guide (see link above).

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply irrespective of personal background.

Terms of enrolment
PhD students at Aarhus BSS Graduate School are always enrolled. The enrolment happens in accordance with the Ministerial PhD Order no. 1039 of August 27, 2013 and the terms stated in the Rules and Regulations for the PhD programmes at Aarhus BSS Graduate School. Both can be found here.
If you are enrolled in part A of the 4- or 5-year schemes you will receive a SU PhD Scholarship according to the rules set out in the State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme (SU). In addition, you will be offered to undertake paid work of up to 280 hours during your part A enrolment period.

Terms of employment
If you are offered employment at Aarhus University in connection with enrolment in the 3-year scheme, the appointment is made in accordance with the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities as well as the circular on the Collective Agreement for Academics Employed by the State (in Danish). The job content and qualification requirements are described in further detail in the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities.

You can read more about the 3-, 4- and 5-year scheme here.

Aarhus University

Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 39,000 students, including 1,800 PhD students, and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 884 million. Learn more about the PhD programmes at Aarhus University at

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Location of job: Fuglesangs Allé 4, Aarhus, Midtjylland, 8210, Denmark
Degree required: Masters
Job start date: 2023-09-01
Job duration: 3 years
Letters of reference required: 1

Evanston, United States
Starts 2023-07-01. Duration: 2 years
Kellogg School of Management www
Northwestern University www
Research Assistant (Pre-Doc)
7 Oct 2022
31 Jan 2023
2 Feb 2023

Professors Amanda Starc, Craig Garthwaite, and David Dranove are looking for an Empirical Research Fellow for a period of at least one year, but ideally two years.
Research fellows work closely with faculty on a number of new and ongoing projects in in economics fields with an emphasis on healthcare. Research fellows collect and organize data, conduct statistical analysis and provide other support associated with faculty research. The ideal candidate should be completing (or have completed) a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree and will have: (i) a strong quantitative background; (ii) excellent programming skills (especially in Stata, R or Matlab); (iii) past experience with research, including independent work (such as an undergrad thesis) or work as a research assistant. A background in Economics is a strongly recommended, though not required; in fact, we encourage candidates with strong technical backgrounds who are looking to receive more exposure to Economics or Finance. Previous holders of this and similar positions at Kellogg have gone on to Ph.D. programs at the University of Chicago, Harvard, MIT, Northwestern, Princeton, and Stanford.
The preferred start date is July 1, 2023 though earlier start dates will be considered. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis, but all applications submitted by January 31, 2023 will be given full consideration. The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, with the ability to renew for one year based on performance.

To apply, visit (See posting for details.)

Location of job: 2211 Campus Drive, Evanston, Illinois, 60208, United States
Degree required: Bachelors
Job start date: 2023-07-01
Job duration: 2 years
Letters of reference required: 3
Interviews: Interviews will be conducted remotely by video starting February, 2023.

* The date by which applications should be submitted to be given full consideration by the recruiter (e.g. the date the recruiter will start reviewing applications and selecting candidates for interview).