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Apply to the SIEPR Predoctoral Research Fellow Program

We seek highly skilled and motivated individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join our full-time Predoctoral Research Fellow Program for a one- to two-year appointment. 

SIEPR is currently recruiting for open positions to start in Summer 2021.  Positions remain open until filled.

The SIEPR Predoctoral Research Fellow program is committed to creating inclusive research spaces for all. We are a proud participant of Pathways to Research and Doctoral Careers (PREDOC) whose goal is to help foster the growth of the next generation of researchers in economics and public policy.

SIEPR staff or faculty will contact candidates who are advanced to the next round by email, and you may be asked to complete a coding task. Given the high volume of applications we receive, we are not able to provide application feedback or individual responses to all candidates.  

You will be asked to provide the following in your application:

  • Cover Letter - Describe your interest in the program and specific faculty projects; whether you prefer a one or two year appointment; your familiarity with programming languages (Stata, R, Python, Matlab, etc.); your prior experience as a research assistant and with independent research (e.g., a senior thesis); any other relevant information.
  • CV - Include all relevant education, research experience, work experience and skills.
  • Undergraduate and (if applicable) Graduate Transcripts - You  may submit an unofficial copy.
  • Optional Writing Sample - A paper (or excerpt) that displays your writing and analytic skills and capacity to execute independent research.  A senior thesis, Master's thesis, or a term paper are all fine choices.  Any length is acceptable.


    Open Positions


    Bigtech and Fintech in Consumer Finance:  Role of Technology versus Regulation

    Professor Amit Seru

    Professor Seru researches several topics in household finance and financial regulation, including the rising role of fintech and bigtech firms, financial advertising, intermediation, and the sources and measurement of technological innovation. The overarching theme behind projects on which pre-docs will work involve uncovering the drivers of the rise of bigtech and fintech firms in consumer finance -- from lending to payments. These projects will use large-scale data sets primarily from the United States, and the analysis will deliver implications for current policy debates. The fellow will help the team clean, process, and analyze the data towards these goals using programs such as Stata, Python, R, or SAS. Prior pre-docs that have worked with Professor Seru have gone to doctoral programs in Harvard and Northwestern. The ideal candidate brings both enthusiasm for research and coding experience, with some preference given to those with prior knowledge of either Stata, R, or Python.


    Filled Positions

    Immigration, Education, and Equality of Opportunity in the U.S. (Position Filled)

    Professor Ran Abramitzky

    The predoctoral research fellow will assist Professor Abramitzky with various projects that bring data and long-run perspective on immigration, education, and equality of opportunity in the US. The fellow will help with assembling and harmonizing datasets, as well with performing econometric analysis, conducting deep historical research, and working on paper drafts. The ideal candidate will have prior coding experience, strong quantitative and empirical background, and a strong interest in Professor Abramitzky's research agenda, which can be found on his website. His most recent fellow helped put together the Census Linking Project.


    Decision Making in Health Care (Position Filled)

    Professors David Chan and Matthew Gentzkow

    The predoctoral research fellow will assist Professors Chan and Gentzkow in studying how decisions are made by health care providers. The research will draw on behavioral economics, labor economics, organizational economics, and industrial organization. The fellow will be involved in all stages of research, from shaping the research question to working on paper drafts, and will be skilled in analysis of large datasets.


    Structural Analysis of Public Policy (Position Filled)

    Professors Jose Ignacio Cuesta and Shoshana Vasserman

    The fellow will work on different stages of these projects. In early-stage projects, the fellow will help the team collect, clean, process, and analyze the data. In more advanced-stage projects, the fellow will work on analyzing the data, which will expose her/him a variety of methods commonly used in applied microeconomics, and obtaining experience employing them in practice. Familiarity with data management and analysis is required and can further be developed, including Stata and R or Python. Familiarity with statistical analysis and machine learning is preferred, but interest and ambition to learn are sufficient. Enthusiasm for learning and developing computational and econometric skills will be valued.


    African Urbanization Development Research Initiative (AUDRI) (Position Filled)

    Professors Pascaline Dupas and Marcel Fafchamps

    The African Urbanization Development Research Initiative (AUDRI) is a coordinated research program led by Professors Pascaline Dupas and Marcel Fafchamps and housed at the Stanford King Center on Global Development. The research program centers on building high-quality panel datasets to explore central issues in development, including: (1) health and human capital accumulation; (2) public and private provision of services; (3) adoption and diffusion of essential products, practices, and other innovations; (4) political economy and governance; and (5) organizations, entrepreneurship, and management. AUDRI also supports Stanford faculty and graduate students as they overlay experimental studies onto the longitudinal data collection exercise. The pre-doc fellow will have an opportunity to be involved in field work as well as to build skills in data analysis and coding. The tasks will include, but are not limited to, coordination and supervision of data collection activities in collaboration with local survey agencies, design of RCT protocols, data management and analysis.


    Repercussions of Regulatory Sanctions/Economic Disruption and Social Security (Position Filled)

    Professors Colleen Honigsberg and Rebecca Lester

    Professors Honigsberg and Lester seek a highly skilled individual to work as a predoctoral research fellow for a one-year term beginning in Summer 2021. The position will involve research assistance for several projects related to financial misconduct and tax incentives. Professor Honigsberg’s work focuses on the effectiveness of regulatory sanctions in reducing financial misconduct—and the methods through which financial advisors evade regulation. Professor Lester’s work focuses on how federal tax policy affects employment and local economic development. All projects use large-scale survey and administrative data sources. The fellow will receive exposure to and training in a broad set of applied microeconomics research methods. The fellow will become knowledgeable about aspects of securities law and tax policy, and will become well-versed in software programs such as Stata/R and Python.  The ideal candidate will have prior coding experience and a strong interest in Professor Honigsberg and Lester's research agenda.  Examples of prior research projects can be found on both researchers' websites.  


    Rebuilding Democratic Accountability After COVID-19 (Position Filled)

    Professor Andrew Hall

    Prof. Hall seeks a driven and conscientious research fellow for a 1 to 2 year position to assist with his research group's work on building a better democracy. Topics of study will include how to improve trust in American election administration, how to reduce polarization, and how to improve faith in American government. The research fellow will work with Prof. Hall's research group (5-10 Ph.D. students and post docs) to collect and analyze data, read and review relevant research, organize meetings and track project action items, and write and publish papers. While the ideal candidate has a background in a technical social science field and experience with programming and statistical software, the more important qualification is that the candidate be attentive to detail, motivated, and professional. Experience in any professional work setting (restaurants, retail, trades, office jobs, etc.) can outweigh a lack of relevant coursework.


    Education Finance Court Cases and Student Outcomes (Position Filled)

    Professor Eric Hanushek

    There has been considerable controversy over whether just providing more money to schools will lead to improved student performance. While past research provided little support of this, recent research looking at the results of school finance court decisions suggests that extra funding does in fact lead to better outcomes. This project will investigate that underlying linkage.


    Other SIEPR Positions

    Professor Alessandra Voena is accepting applications for pre-doctoral research fellows to begin in the summer or fall of 2021 and to be appointed for up to two years. The application deadline is October 16, 2020. Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis.  For more information, please visit this website. (Position Filled)

    Professor Neale Mahoney is accepting applications for pre-doctoral research fellows to begin in the summer or fall of 2021 and to be appointed for up to two years. The application deadline is October 16, 2020. Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis.  For more information, please visit this website. (Position Filled)