Massachusetts Institute of Technology Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow, J-PAL North America in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow, J-PAL North America

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Research - Other

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Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab

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Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

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Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

PRE-DOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL North America) (2 openings), to join the research team of Professor Amy Finkelstein. Will work on the design and analysis of randomized evaluations, including studying the effect of expanding public health insurance and analyzing the impacts of healthcare hotspotting on super-utilizers. Responsibilities include assisting with all stages of empirical research in health economics; working with data sets, cleaning and running checks to spot errors, and generally preparing data for analysis; producing regular reports on implementation progress and identifying any threats to the scientific validity of ongoing studies; communicating with research partners about data requests and analysis; assisting with onboarding new staff and maintaining project documentation; and assisting with literature reviews, institutional review board applications, and preparation of academic papers.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: at least two years of research experience (which may include research experience gained as an undergraduate) and a bachelor’s degree that includes significant training in economics and demonstrated success in coursework in statistics, mathematics, and econometrics. Research assistant experience strongly preferred. Job #16488 Please visit for additional application instructions. The appointment will begin in summer or fall of 2019, with a two-year commitment being ideal. 10/30/18

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