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Staff Associate – Economics (IPD)

Columbia University in the City of New York: Columbia Business School

Columbia Business School is seeking to hire up to two Staff Associates for the Economics Division. The work will include empirical research on the microeconomic determinants of productivity growth and innovative behavior by firms in both developed and developing countries, under the supervision of Prof. Joseph Stiglitz and other Columbia University IPD-affiliated faculty. This position provides an opportunity to gain experience in academic business research, with a special focus on fields such as finance, economics, statistics, and data science; and would be ideal preparation for a Ph.D. program or other graduate study. This is a two-year position with a possible extension to a third year. The role is dependent on funding. 

Bachelor’s degree in Economics or Finance or in a quantitative discipline such as Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, with Economics coursework (including the econometrics sequence)

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Predoctoral Fellows Program at Harvard Business SchoolThe Predoctoral Fellows Program at Harvard Business School is a two-year program for recent college graduates and early career professionals interested in exploring and refining their research skills in preparation for a doctoral program.

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Announcement of Doctoral Student AssistantshipDr. Richard J. Paulsen, Assistant Professor in Sport Management in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, is currently seeking a motivated Doctoral Student to work on research related to sports economics starting Fall 2024!

Dr. Paulsen is a sports economist whose research focuses on labor market issues. Dr. Paulsen has conducted research on incentives and factors affecting athlete productivity, in contexts including Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association. He’s also conducted research looking at broader labor market issues affecting sport industry workers, including issues related to DEAI/DEIB, as well as work looking at other entertainment industry workers beyond sport.

Dr. Paulsen received his PhD in Economics from Northeastern University. He subsequently worked as a Lecturer of Economics at University of Vermont and then as an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.
·         The selected student will begin the PhD program in September 2024 and will be provided with funding for tuition, stipend and health care (student/family) as a Graduate Student Instructor.
·         The selected student will have the unique opportunity to work on projects related to: (a) incentives influencing athlete productivity; (b) examining the broader sport industry workforce; and (c) additional topics of interest in sport management/economics.
·         Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Sport Management, Applied Statistics, Applied Mathematics, or other social science or applied quantitative field. Applicants with a Master’s degree in relevant fields are preferred. Previous research experience, publications, and a high GPA from previous academic work are highly desirable.
·         Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, though students are encouraged to apply by December 1st, 2023. Students will need to apply and gain admittance to the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology doctoral program. For best consideration, interested students should contact Dr. Paulsen immediately, as applications will be reviewed upon receipt. To be considered, please electronically send to Dr. Paulsen ( in PDF format: a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and contact information for three references. Please include in the subject line of your e-mail submissions: “Ph.D. Position: Sport Labor Markets”.
·         For more information on applying to the School of Kinesiology, please contact Charlene Ruloff at Information about the Kinesiology Ph.D. program can be found at: Information about Dr. Paulsen’s research can be found at
StatisticiansThe Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is accepting applications for Statisticians in the Bureau of Economics – a great opportunity for senior Economics majors.
About the FTC 
The FTC is an independent agency with a unique dual mission to police unfair methods of competition and target unfair or deceptive practices across the economy. The FTC is dedicated to advancing the interests of consumers, workers, and honest businesses while encouraging innovation and promoting a fair economy and widespread prosperity. The FTC’s work is performed by the Bureaus of Consumer Protection, Competition, and Economics. To learn more information about the FTC please visit
In this role, you will gain real-world experience by working alongside PhD economists to protect consumers and promote competition in the US economy. Statisticians work alongside economists to support FTC matters, including: 
·         providing economic and statistical analysis in support of antitrust and consumer protection investigations, cases, and rulemaking
·         conducting academic research and developing reports on the functioning of markets in the economy 
To learn more information about the experience of a Statistician at the FTC please visit: 
Ideal candidate 
The ideal candidate for this position will have: 
·         coursework in statistics, economics, and mathematics 
·         some interest and proficiency in programming languages for statistics or data science such as Stata, R, or Python 
·         a genuine interest in the economics of competition and consumer protection 
Position length 
Note, all recruitment is for positions starting Summer 2024 in Washington, DC for a term position of one year with renewal for up to four years. 
How to apply
All applications must be submitted through USAJOBS: The deadline for applications is 10/31. 
Tips for the application 
·         Self-Assessment: The application includes self-assessment questions relating to the skills in the job posting. These responses will be reviewed by HR to determine if the candidate is qualified for the position. Candidates should be honest in their responses about their knowledge of a subject but not modest. When the candidates are rating themselves, they should consider their knowledge on a subject relative to the entire population (not just their classmates or peers).  
·         Resume: It is advised for candidates to use the resume builder within USAJOBS. 
·         Cover letter: Please discuss your interest in economics and the FTC in your cover letter. 
Director, Evidence and Evaluation
Arnold Ventures

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A PhD in a relevant field (e.g., public policy, economics, psychology, sociology) or equivalent experience in evaluation and research method is required.
Research AssistantsBrookings Institution
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Recruiting Cycles and Deadlines
RAs typically begin during the summer months but are selected during two main recruitment cycles in the fall and spring.
Fall Recruitment Cycle
Completed applications accepted August – October 15
Phone interviews conducted from October 16 – mid-November
Offers are extended on a rolling basis following the deadline and continue until the conclusion of the fall cycle.
Spring Recruitment Cycle (if needed)
Incomplete applications that were submitted during the fall recruitment cycle may be completed and resubmitted for consideration during the spring recruitment cycle.
Completed applications accepted late November – early February
Phone interviews conducted from mid-February – mid-March
the EPIC Predoctoral Fellowship ProgramEnergy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago

Pre-doctoral fellowships serve as a one- or two-year bridge program between college and a doctoral program.
Applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree by June of the year they are applying, and have strong quantitative and programming skills. Candidates with research experience are strongly preferred, especially those with experience in Stata, R, Python or Matlab. The ideal candidate would begin in June and work for EPIC for one or two years before applying to graduate school in Economics or another quantitative social science. EPIC offers a competitive salary and employee benefits.
Applications for pre-doctoral fellowships are reviewed in fall and winter cycles. The fall deadline is in mid-November, with final decisions made in mid-December. The winter deadline is the beginning of March, with final decisions made around toward the end of March.
Research AssistantsBoard of Governors of the Federal Reserve System 

Each year, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the Board) hires a new cohort of Research Assistants (RAs) who gain real-world experience by working alongside PhD economists to assist with original economic research and provide critical support for policy analysis.

RAs are selected during two main recruitment cycles in the fall and spring. Applications are not reviewed until after each respective deadline.
Fall Recruitment Cycle
Completed applications accepted August 15-October 15 (Deadline)
Spring Recruitment Cycle
Completed applications accepted October 21 – January 31 (Deadline)

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Senior Research Specialist 
(hiring 3)
Princeton University

Recent graduates and those with anticipated graduation dates in spring 2024 are encouraged to apply. 
Seeking candidates who can start on or around July 1, 2024. 

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Research Associate OpportunityThe Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and partner organizations are recruiting for office-based Research Associates and field Research Associates.

This year, the annual recruitment drive dates are:
Early launch for General Data Research Associate and General Field Research Associate positions:
September 8 through October 9, 2023
Full launch opens for all positions: November 21, 2023
Deadline: January 10, 2024

For additional details, please refer to the J-PAL recruitment timeline
These positions are located globally at the offices of J-PAL affiliated professors. Qualified candidates hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, mathematics, statistics, or related fields. Familiarity with randomized controlled trials is preferred.  
If you have any questions, please get in touch with
Pre-doctoral Research in Economics Program (PREP)
 BECKER FRIEDMAN INSTITUTE at The University of Chicago

The spring application cycle is currently open with materials reviewed on a rolling basis.
Applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree by June of the year they are applying, and have strong quantitative and programming skills. Candidates with research experience are strongly preferred, especially those with experience in Stata, R, Python or Matlab. The ideal candidate would begin in July and work for BFI for one or two years before applying to graduate school in Economics or another quantitative social science. BFI offers a competitive salary and employee benefits.

About the program: Pre-Doctoral Research Professionals | BFI (

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