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Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow/Research Associate
Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Date Posted September 21, 2022
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type Full-Time
Application Deadline Open until filled

PRE-DOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), to join the research team of Professor Amy Finkelstein, focusing on randomized evaluations, including studying the effect of expanding public health insurance and analyzing the impacts of healthcare hotspotting on super-utilizers. Responsibilities include working with data sets; analyzing data; and assisting with literature reviews, IRB applications, and preparation of academic papers. This position is ideal for someone who is interested in getting more exposure to economics to and a Ph.D. in economics.  

Job Requirements:

REQUIRED:  bachelor’s degree; two years of research experience (may include research experience gained as an undergraduate); quantitative background and strong computer skills, including programming experience; ability to work independently.  PREFERRED:  research assistant experience, a background in economics, and a strong technical background.  Job #21874

The appointment will begin in the spring or summer 2023 with a two-year commitment being ideal.

Online application material (in a single document) should include the following:  cover letter with description of experience as an RA and any independent research; description of familiarity with statistical and computer packages; names of two references and their contact information (one must be someone you have worked for as an RA); current CV; transcript; list of classes in economics, mathematics, statistics, or computer science (including course name, date taken, school, and the main textbook(s) used in the course); courses currently taking; and date available to start work. Two references must send letters of recommendation to Professor Finkelstein at 

Applicants who are interested in working with Professor Finkelstein on economic research using tools other than RCTs are encouraged to also consider applying to this opportunity for RAs to work on Prof. Finkelstein's research team based at the MIT Economics Department. Applicants are welcome to apply to both roles and may upload identical materials to each application portal.


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