The Global Poverty Research Lab is a research center based at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. GPRL uses empirical evidence to address the challenges of overcoming poverty and improving well-being in the developing world. Areas of interest include child health, gender equity, microfinance, conditional cash transfers, social networks, insurance, and agriculture.
GPRL is hiring a full-time research analyst to begin in summer 2021 (start date very flexible). This position entails assisting with empirical analysis on randomized evaluations and “natural experiment” projects within development economics, under Professor Lori Beaman and additional GPRL-affiliated faculty. The primary topics of the projects are agriculture, social networks, and gender equality.
The research analyst will perform a variety of tasks including but not limited to:
Cleaning data and preparing data sets for analysis
Conducting preliminary statistical analysis and preparing tables and figures with empirical results
Assisting in the writing of project reports
Writing literature reviews and summarizing background information for projects
Assisting in the design of survey questionnaires
The position is located at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois (Chicago area), and offers the opportunity to interact with economics undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty and a community of research analysts at Northwestern.. The research analyst will be a full-time employee of Northwestern University with full benefits (including the ability to take classes at a highly-subsidized tuition rate).
We are looking for a minimum commitment period of one year for this position.
Given the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.
Cleans data, prepares data for analysis and assists in performing statistical analysis. Use statistical software (Stata) to process data.
Assists in the writing of project reports. Drafts tables and other visual representations of data to be included in report. Edits draft reports written by the PI.
Support data quality checks for ongoing surveys like programming/running high frequency checks and back checks using Stata and SurveyCTO
Drafting and programming survey questionnaires using SurveyCTO
Correspond with external partner organizations and donors as needed
Performs other duties as assigned.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in economics or another quantitative major. Excellent grades are required.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Strong programming skills including experience with statistical software such as Stata
Strong quantitative skills
Experience as a research assistant
Excellent organizations skills
Fluency and excellent communication skills in English
An enthusiasm for empirical research, and the ability and interest to learn new skills and take initiative as a project develops.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Candidates should have an interest in applying to a quantitative Ph.D. program (preferably in economics) and in pursuing a research career
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