The Research Fellow will provide analytical research support to a portfolio of studies conducted through the University of Southern California, which is working with Yale University on a body of applied microeconomic research projects in Bihar, India. These studies focus on reducing barriers to womenâs interactions with the formal financial system and ensuring that government social protection programs, notably the NREGS workfare program, engage and empower rural women.Â
Reporting to USCâs Dr. Simone Schaner, Assistant Professor (Research) of Economics, the Fellow will support Dr. Schaner and other researchers, along with Fellows and staff at Yale University and the Institute for Financial Management and Research, to design, pilot, test, and potentially scale promising interventions. Strong candidates will have sound data and analytical skills and training in economics and applied econometrics. Successful candidates should be able to interact effectively with teams across different cultures and time zones, engage effectively with counterparts at all levels, support field activities with both implementation and data inputs, and support Dr. Schanerâs work more broadly.Â The Fellow will be based at USC, with travel to India.
Working directly with India-based counterparts, support formative piloting work through contributing to questionnaires, developing appropriate protocols and quality checks, and participating in scoping activities to determine appropriate design of proposed studies
Contribute to institutional human subjects (IRB) proposals and modifications, ensuring protocols proposed are appropriate and applied
Scrape, process, and clean large administrative datasets from public websites
Clean and process secondary datasets (e.g., household surveys) for analysis
Participate in survey design and data collection activities, including designing and coding questionnaires and related forms for digital data collection, and setting up and running data quality checks for large-scale data collection activities
Prepare appropriate documentation and guidelines for all data and field-related activities
Contribute to pre-analysis plans, papers, and other written material, upon request
Prepare literature reviews per request of senior researchers
Draft policy briefs and presentations, presenting research evidence in a compelling and policy-forward format, and effectively representing the research to external stakeholders
Contribute to regular reports and presentations for donor audiences
Coordinate with project teams to ensure timely submission of deliverables, as well as provide support to field staff as necessary
Other duties, as required
Minimum Qualificationsâ¢Bachelors or Masterâs degree in economics or a related fieldâ¢Proven analytical skills and proficiency in Stata or R (Stata preferred)â¢Solid understanding of randomized controlled trials and program evaluationâ¢Strong interest in public policy and economic developmentâ¢Excellent oral and written English skillsâ¢Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suiteâ¢Mature, self-directed, with the ability to multitask and meet deadlinesDesired Qualificationsâ¢Advanced coursework in econometricsâ¢Basic skills in Pythonâ¢Experience living or working India; knowledge of an Indian language an assetâ¢Data collection and field research experience â¢Knowledge of poverty and gender issues a plusHow to ApplyIf you are interested in this position, please upload application materials through the USC jobs site AND the J-PAL common application (https://apply.povertyactionlab.org/) ; attach your CV, statement of interest, academic transcript, and a writing sample. Upload all documents as a single file. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Internal Number: REQ20083810
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