Research Assistant

Job description

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. 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. This is Harris Public Policy: Social impact, down to a science.

Job Information

Job Summary:

Professor Bruce D. Meyer, the McCormick Foundation Professor at the University of Chicago's Harris School, is looking to hire several full-time pre-doctoral fellows to start in June 2018. The goal is to support and collaborate on a series of new research projects preparing and using groundbreaking data on income, program participation, and consumption from linked administrative and survey sources. These projects include, but are not limited to:

Constructing new and more accurate measures of the income distribution, poverty, inequality, and mobility from administrative tax and welfare data and surveys, Investigating and simulating the effects of government tax and transfer programs, Assessing the accuracy of government surveys.

Fellows will be part of a research team that will analyze and document these “big data”, construct novel statistical models, and prepare presentations and manuscripts. Ideal candidates will seek to co-author papers intended for ultimate publication. Fellows will also have opportunities to interact with a number of collaborators on these projects in academia and in government agencies and think tanks. This should be a valuable experience for individuals hoping to eventually attend top Ph.D. programs or start careers in economics or statistics.


  • Excellent 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

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Economics, Statistics, or related disciplines required

  • Previous research experience strongly preferred
  • Proficiency in STATA required, ability to use other statistical software packages (e.g. SAS, R, Python) strongly preferred
  • Significant coursework or experience in programming strongly preferred

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

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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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: 5/18/2018
Application Due: 6/20/2018
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