Research Professional for Price Theory Initiative

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Hyde Park Campus

1432110 Becker Friedman Initiatives

About the Unit
Named in honor of Milton Friedman and Gary Becker, the Becker Friedman Institute (BFI) sustains the rigorous scholarship that made their work, and that of the many scholars who came before and after them at the University of Chicago, so influential and enduring. BFI cultivates the next generation of economists and continues the famously vibrant UChicago culture of discussion and debate. By supporting faculty research programs, BFI links economists in the Department of Economics, the Booth School of Business, and the Harris School with those in the Law and Medical schools. Further, BFI fosters collaboration between UChicago faculty and leading economists from around the world, influencing public policy and the broader public debate surrounding key economic and social issues.

Job Information

Job Summary

The primary responsibility of the Research Professional for the Price Theory Initiative is to coordinate and execute research projects for Professor Steven Levitt, William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor. Possible research projects may include: gathering and analyzing data from the Chicago Heights Early Childhood Center project, and publishing and revising papers using that data; updating a past paper (Levitt 2004) on campaign finance using more recent data; and conducting research for any future books Prof. Levitt might publish.

The Research Professional position is designed as a one- to two-year term position.


  • Conduct econometric and other empirical analysis
  • Compile both quantitative and qualitative research findings in the form of papers, reports, or presentations
  • Assign and manage the work of research assistants

  • Highly organized and self-motivated
  • Ability to communicate research findings clearly
  • Creative thinker, interested in working on unique research problems

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications:
  • BA in Economics optional.
  • Strong programming skills in Stata or R

Required Documents
  • Cover Letter
  • CV

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 4/7/2018
Application Due: 4/27/2018
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