JOE Listings (Job Openings for Economists)

August 1, 2021 - January 31, 2022

National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

Post Doctoral Scholar

JOE ID Number: 2021-02_111467776
Date Posted: 10/11/2021
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Post Doctoral Scholar
Section: US: Other Academic (Visiting or Temporary)
Location: Chicago, Illinois, UNITED STATES
JEL Classification: I0 -- General
Public Policy
Applied Econometrics
Early Childhood Education
Child Development
Full Text of JOE Listing:

The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) is actively seeking a postdoctoral scholar to contribute to research guided by Professor James J. Heckman. The research program includes a comprehensive array of interrelated and interdisciplinary projects and initiatives that promote a thorough empirical understanding of human flourishing, social mobility, and creating and measuring skills. Current work considers both empirical and theoretical studies of family and neighborhood dynamics and innovative empirical studies on the role of home-visiting and parent-child interactions in the formation of children’s skills. The postdoctoral scholar will conduct empirical research on these broad themes in consultation with their faculty mentor and other senior scholars.

The postdoctoral scholar will reside at the University of Chicago’s Center for the Economics of Human Development (CEHD). CEHD, located in the Saieh Hall for Economics, stands in close collaborative proximity to the Department of Economics, the Becker Friedman Institute, and the Thirty Million Words Center for Early Learning and Public Health. This provides access to a wealth of seminars and classes at the University of Chicago, and opportunities to meet and collaborate with senior scholars.

Compensation will be tailored to a candidate's qualifications and past experience. Comprehensive benefits plans will be available. Unique data sets on long-term experimental evaluations are available. There are opportunities for travel to present and/or collaborate. Research budget may be available for projects in close alignment with the Center’s research agenda. Terms and start dates are negotiable. Two or three-year arrangements have proven to be the most productive in defining and executing projects.


• PhD in Economics or Public Policy required
• Strong background in applied econometrics required
• Interest in advancing understanding of human development across the life cycle, including the role of early childhood education, home-visiting and parent-child interactions in the formation of skills, intergenerational mobility, neighborhood mobility, and the formation of economic preferences.
• Independent evidence of competence in these areas required (doctoral thesis and other papers)

Application Requirements (Please upload with your application):
• Job Market Paper
• Transcripts
• Research Papers
• Letters of Reference
• CV
• Cover Letter

For questions or additional employment information, please email or use the “Comments” section in the form. DO NOT send inquiries or materials to Professor Heckman directly.

Application Requirements:
  • External Application Link
Application deadline: 01/31/2022