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RA Opportunities in Economics

Title: A Large-Scale Analysis of Merger Simulations (Multiple Positions Available)

 Professor: Vivek Bhattacharya and Gaston Illanes

 Hours: Flexible, but prefer a commitment of at least 10-15 per week

 Class Requirements: Econometrics strongly preferred

 Skills: Familiarity with Python would be preferred

 Details: This project is designed to evaluate standard tools in industrial organization to predict the price effects of mergers.  The RAs will help the professors gather and clean data from a variety of sources, including the Nielsen Retail Scanner Dataset, SEC filings, and other databases to generate information about products associated with a large set of mergers.  They will then use this data and existing Python code to (1) predict the effects of mergers that actually happened in the past and (2) compare the predictions to the observed price effects.  We anticipate this being a short-term project over the summer.

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Title: Global Poverty Research Lab Research Assistant

Professor: Chris Udry

 Hours: Flexible

 Details: Northwestern’s Global Poverty Research Lab is currently seeking a Research Assistant to work on one or more development economics projects with Prof. Christopher Udry for the summer 2021 quarter. The projects center on data cleaning and analysis of a series of datasets on socioeconomic development in Ghana. Long-term interest in the study of Africa and/or development economics is required.

The Undergraduate Research Office has informed us of the following hiring constraints:

  • This award is primarily intended for first- and second-year students
  • The Undergraduate Research Office “cannot legally cannot hire students not residing in the US at time of hire. This means that if an international student is selected for hire they must reside on US soil during the duration of the grant. Furthermore, if the student does not already have a social security number, this may take additional time during the hiring process.”

To Apply: Please submit a CV, unofficial transcript, and a paragraph about your interest in economic development to Andre Nickow ( if you would like to apply.

RA Opportunities within Northwestern

For additional opportunities please check with the Office of Undergraduate Research

RA Opportunities Outside of Northwestern

*These are opportunities outside of the NU system, please follow application instructions given in the posting.

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Part Time Positions Available for Undergraduates at Resolution Economics

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