Research Analyst 1

Northwestern University - Evanston, IL (30+ days ago)4.2


The Center for the Study of Development Economics is a research center based at Northwestern University. CSDE faculty conduct innovative research and impact evaluations on a broad range of development issues. Now in its seventh year, CSDE conducts research in all areas of the microeconomics of development.

The Center for the Study of Development Economics is looking to hire a full-time research analyst to begin in June 2017. This is a one-year position (with possibility of extension) that will entail assistance with empirical analysis on randomized evaluations and “natural experiment” projects within development economics, under Professor Christopher Udry. The primary topics of the projects are long-term studies in Ghana on agriculture, social and economic mobility, household organization and health.

The research analyst will perform a variety of tasks including but not limited to:

Cleaning data and preparing data sets for analysis
Conducting preliminary statistical analysis and preparing tables and figures with empirical results
Assisting in the writing of project reports
Writing literature reviews and summarizing background information for projects
Assisting in the design of survey questionnaires
The position is located at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois (Chicago area), and offers the opportunity to interact with economics undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty at Northwestern. The research analyst will be a full-time employee of Northwestern University with full benefits (including the ability to take classes at a highly-subsidized tuition rate). We are looking for a minimum commitment period of one year for this position.

Specific Responsibilities:
Conducts qualitative research in the field of development economics. This research may consist of reading and summarizing academic papers and policy reports on a specific topic, assessing and reporting which variables are included in publicly available data sets, and fact-checking the PI's proposals.
Cleans data, prepares data for analysis and assists in preliminary statistical analysis. Use statistical software (Stata) to check the data for errors.
Assists in the writing of project reports. Drafts initial report, summarizing research results. Drafts tables and other visual representations of data to be included in report. Edits draft reports written by the PI.
Designs survey questionnaires. Drafts initial survey questions and formats questionnaires, reviewing draft with PI and revising as directed.

Minimum Qualifications:
A Bachelor's degree in economics or another quantitative major.
Interest in applying to a quantitative Ph.D. program (preferably in economics) and in pursuing a research career.
Experience as a research assistant.
Excellent grades are required.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

Strong programming skills including experience with statistical software such as Stata.
Strong quantitative skills.

Preferred Qualifications:
An enthusiasm for empirical research, and the ability and interest to learn new skills and take initiative as a project develops.

As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.