Research Associate, Penn Wharton Budget Model

Job description

Job location: 3440 Market Street

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-09-11
Req: JR00006990
University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title

Research Associate, Penn Wharton Budget Model

Job Profile Title

Data Analyst C

Job Description Summary

The Penn Wharton Budget Model informs policy discussions in Washington, DC by supporting the production of data-driven, non-normative research on issues at the intersection of business and public policy. To this end, PWBM is seeking a Research Associate to assist with research on a number of public policy topics, including housing finance, tax reform, health care and entitlements reform, and the federal budget. Job responsibilities include collecting and maintaining databases, performing statistical and econometric analyses, writing research reports, and providing research-related technical programming support. A thorough understanding of economics, ability to use statistical and programming tools, and self-motivation are highly valued in performing these functions. The ideal candidate is interested in spending two years with us before heading to graduate school.

Job Description


  • Under the guidance of PWBM team leaders and PWBM’s Faculty Director, compile, clean, organize, and maintain datasets for economic analysis.
  • Utilize programming skills (including Python, R, Matlab, Stata, and SQL) to run econometric analyses in support of PWBM research projects.
  • Aggregate data and create tables and charts for PWBM research and publications.
  • Contribute to the writing of PWBM publications, such as issue briefs, blog posts, working papers, and model documentation.


A bachelor s degree, preferably in Economics, Statistics, Finance, Mathematics, Computer Science, or a related discipline; and a minimum of 2 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, are required. In addition, the following credentials are important:

  • Previous experience serving as a research assistant/data analyst or pursing independent research as an undergraduate.
  • Proficiency with programming languages, such as Python, Matlab, Stata, and R.
  • Ability to pull data from existing sources, such as Bloomberg or FRED.
  • Interest in public policy and aptitude for graduate-level research.

*This position is contingent upon funding

Application Instructions

If you are graduating this academic year or have recently graduated, your resume should include overall GPA, GPA by field(s), a partial list of advanced courses taken in related disciplines listed above, and any computer skills, including coding languages.

Working Conditions
Office, Library, Computer Room

Physical Effort
Typically sitting at desk or table

More about PWBM

The Penn Wharton Budget Model (PWBM) is a non-partisan, research-based initiative that provides accurate, accessible and transparent economic analysis of public policy. Besides being non-partisan, we are non-normative, in that we do not make policy recommendations. Instead, the intention of the PWBM is to be the honest broker of analysis working at the intersection of business and policy to help policy makers, the public, and businesses make fact-based decisions. PWBM has been influential in many key recent policy discussions, including tax reform, infrastructure, universal basic income, debt and Social Security.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Wharton School

Pay Range

$50,684.00 - $138,391.00

Affirmative Action Statement 
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements 
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.




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Posted: 9/12/2019
Application Due: 11/11/2019
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