Research Assistant

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Hyde Park Campus

35390 Harris Sch Pub Policy

About the Unit
Why policy? For a better world. Why Harris Public Policy? Because when it comes to better policymaking, evidence matters. We work at the frontiers of data collection and analysis, using the latest technology and social science methods to design policies that work for society. We conduct rigorous inquiry in an environment of innovation and risk taking, fearlessly questioning the status quo. We collaborate across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, adopting new methodologies to drive better solutions. We engage with our city, our world, and our leaders every day to evaluate and test our ideas. And we lead with our passion for driving social change, knowing that passion alone does not equal impact. With passion and precision, we figure out what's best for society and get it done. This is Harris Public Policy: Social impact, down to a science.

Job Information

Position Summary:

Reporting to Assistant Professor Peter Ganong, the RA will support and collaborate research on policy-relevant topics in labor and public economics. The Research Assistant will be analyzing data using software like R and Stata and providing his/her own insight to policy research.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Solve/evaluate microeconomic models like the Heterogeneous Agent Resource ToolKit (HARK)
  • Modify existing HARK models to include endogenous job search
  • Estimate preference parameters consistent with observed data on job search and unemployment
  • Evaluate the welfare consequences of changes to unemployment benefit policy in the context of a HARK model

  • Demonstrated strong written and oral communication skills
  • Time management skills and ability to prioritize work to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
  • Acute attention to details and problem-solving skills
  • Organization skills and ability to multitask

Additional Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Economics or similar field

  • A minimum of two years of research experience, looking at tax rates and unemployment

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Experience with dynamic programming
  • Experience with statistical software including R and Stata preferred
  • Advanced understanding of Python, Git, and Github preferred
  • Familiarity with education sector and knowledge of the University of Chicago's unique culture preferred

Required Documents:
  • Resume and Cover Letter

(Note: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under resume/CV section of the application.)

Benefit Eligibility

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Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

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About Us
The University of Chicago is an urban research university that has driven new ways of thinking since 1890. Our commitment to free and open inquiry draws inspired scholars to our global campuses, where ideas are born that challenge and change the world.

We empower individuals to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of original ideas. Students in the College develop critical, analytic, and writing skills in our rigorous, interdisciplinary core curriculum. Through graduate programs, students test their ideas with UChicago scholars, and become the next generation of leaders in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government.

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Job No:
Posted: 3/1/2018
Application Due: 3/17/2018
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