Research Assistant

Location
Chicago
Posted
Apr 28, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit:

Unit Job Summary: Reporting to Professor Bruce D. Meyer, the McCormick Foundation Professor at Harris, the Research Assistant will support and collaborate on a series of new projects preparing and using groundbreaking data on income, program participation, and consumption from linked administrative and survey sources. The data will be used for projects on inequality and poverty measured using income and consumption, the effects of government tax and transfer programs, assessing the accuracy of government surveys, and other topics. The individual will be part of a research team that will analyze and document the new data, conduct statistical analyses, and prepare manuscripts. The ideal candidate will seek to co-author papers intended for ultimate publication. This position should be viewed as an apprenticeship opportunity, allowing the individual to start a career in economics or statistics.

Unit Education: Bachelor's Degree in Economics or Statistics required MPP or MS in Economics encouraged

Unit Experience: A minimum of one year of research experience required The ability to use standard statistical software packages, including Stata is required Significant coursework or experience in programming strongly preferred

Unit Job Function Competencies: oExcellent oral and written communication skills High attention-to-detail and quality in data analysis and written material required Knowledge of statistics or empirical economics research required Flexibility in working within a growing organization Demonstrated ability to review and prioritize work independently and effectively Demonstrated ability to be resourceful and creative in problem-solving