JOE - October 2012

National Bureau of Economic Research
Full-Time Economics Term Research Assistant (Laibson/Madrian/Choi/Beshears)
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Full-Time Economics Term Research Assistant (Laibson/Madrian/Choi/Beshears)
Section: 6 -- Other Nonacademic (Temporary, Part-Time, Non-Salaried, Consulting, Etc.)
Location: Cambridge, MA, USA
JEL Classifications:
C -- Mathematical and Quantitative Methods
E -- Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics
G -- Financial Economics
Deadline Date: 11/2012

JOE ID Number: 201210_397487

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Economics professors David Laibson (Harvard University), Brigitte Madrian (Harvard University), James Choi (Yale University), and John Beshears (Stanford University) employ full-time research assistants with start dates during the summer of 2013. This one-year position entails work on theoretical and empirical research related to decision making, savings, investment, health behaviors, and psychological economics. The research uses field data, experimental data, and hybrid field experiments.

Research assistants should be interested in applying to a quantitative Ph.D. program (preferably in economics) and pursuing an academic research career. They must be detail-oriented and have strong programming and quantitative skills, including coursework in multivariable calculus, matrix algebra, probability, and statistics. Those with previous experience estimating econometric models (e.g. OLS, GMM, MSM, MLE) have particular priority in the hiring process. Excellent grades are required.

Your responsibilities include performing statistical analyses on large databases, designing and running experiments, programming simulations of theoretical models, and proving theoretical results.

For examples of our research, see,, and

We prefer research assistants who want to become professional economists, but we're interested in future Ph.D.s in any quantitative field.
Application Instructions:

Please scan into one pdf document; upload into application:
1) Cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position
2) Resume
3) Unofficial transcript

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