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Undergraduate Research Assistant openings

The Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) has many openings throughout the year for undergraduate research assistants. Undergraduate RAs are often responsible for helping faculty with data management and analysis.

Due to the type of funding, this program is available only to current Stanford undergraduates. For questions about the program, contact Jessica Vo at

Project Title: Family Planning, Fertility Decline, and Women’s Empowerment: The Case of Malaysia

Faculty Leader: Grant Miller

Project Description: This development economics project seeks to understand the direct and indirect ways in which family planning programs can improve the lives of women in developing countries. The direct channel works through fertility, with subsequent benefits due to improved greater educational attainment and participation in the labor force. The indirect channel works through women’s bargaining power independently of fertility. To study these relationships, the project combines rich population-representative household survey data (the Malaysian Family Life Survey) with archival data on the introduction of a family planning programs across Malaysia from the 1960s through the 1980s.

Responsibilities: Assist with data management and analysis, including data cleaning and regression analysis.

Qualifications: Experience with quantitative analysis. Experience with Stata required and some econometrics coursework strongly preferred.

Details: 10 hours per week for the fall (and also possibly winter) quarter at $16/hour.

Contact: If interested, please email Prof. Miller ( with your resume and statement of interest. Please also CC Jessica Vo (

Project Title: The evolution of partisan language

Faculty Leader: Matthew Gentzkow

Project Description: Parse and analyze political text on a large scale and study the evolution of partisanship in language. See the paper here for a sense of the kind of work we are doing.

Responsibilities: Write code to parse and process raw speech from the Congressional Record. Check accuracy using manual audits.

Qualifications: Strong computing skills. Statistics and economics backgrounds also a plus.

Details: 10-15 hours per week for winter quarter. Opportunities may arise to continue work on other projects in applied microeconomics and political economy in subsequent quarters.

Contact: Please send your resume and current transcript to Quan Le ( and copy Jessica Vo