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EconLab RA Openings

RA Opportunities in Economics for 2023-2024

Title: Full-Time Research Analyst with Northwestern Institute for Policy Research (IPR)

Openings: One

Project description:

The Institute for Policy Research(IPR) at Northwestern University is looking to hire a full-time Research Analystto support the Early Childhood Research Alliance of Chicago (EC-REACH), a newly created center focused on conducting action-oriented research that promotes equitable solutions for early childhood policy and practice in Chicago. One key project within EC-REACH is an ongoing study examining the effects of the roll-out of universal prekindergarten in Chicago. The position will directly report to Drs. Diane Schanzenbach (Margaret Walker Alexander Professor of Human Development and Social Policy), Terri Sabol (Associate Professor, School of Education and Social Policy), and Maia Connors (Research Assistant Professor at IPR).  

Position description:

The Research Analyst will primarily (1) support the development of large, complex data systems, and (2) conduct statistical analyses using these data, and (3) prepare analyses for academic papers and policy memos.


  • We are interested in interviewing graduating undergraduate or graduate students (BA or Masters) with strong quantitative skills and familiarity with Stata, R, SQL, and/or Python.
  • The position will start Summer 2024 and is a hybrid position (2-3 days in person in Evanston; remaining days remote). 

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae or resume to Sophie Dara (

Title: Research Assistants with the Global Poverty Research Lab

Openings: Multiple

Project description:

The Global Poverty Research Lab (GPRL) plans to hire several undergraduate Research Assistants (URAs) to help create a database of evidence in international development.

Position description:

URAs will learn how to read academic papers efficiently, to identify fault lines in design and analysis, and will gain expertise in judging the strengths and weaknesses of academic work, specifically in the field of development economics. URAs will codify papers using a custom-made coding tool. Tasks will include extracting information from academic papers about research design and treatment effects, as well as interacting with supervisors to clarify questions and improve skills, and engaging in weekly office hours. We require URAs to commit about 12-15 hours per week (adjustments can be made during exam times).

URAs will benefit from ample supervisor time and feedback on their work and will be part of an exciting project that promises to make an important contribution to both policymaking and research. Candidates should have a strong interest in learning to understand in-depth empirical academic papers with quantitative analysis. Proficiency at identifying research designs and main findings, as well as interpreting common statistical analyses is desirable. Preference will be given to candidates who, beyond their immediate part-time commitment, are happy to commit to full-time work over the summer. It may additionally be possible to arrange the collaboration as an internship.


  • Proficiency at identifying research designs and main findings, as well as interpreting common statistical analyses is desirable.

If you are interested in this position, please contact Andre Nickow ( Please include a resume/CV, unofficial transcript, and a brief statement of about five sentences about your experience with academic work in international development.