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Do you find yourself thinking about about why our economy works the way it does, or how to make it better? Wondering whether a career in economic policy research is right for you? Apply for the SIEPR Pre-doc program!


A New Poverty Measure for California (David B. Grusky)

The datasets currently used to measure poverty in California are too small to calculate statistics at the neighborhood level and to monitor key disparities between racial, ethnic, and other groups. The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality is using linked population-level datasets (i.e., linked Census and tax data) to build a second-generation poverty measure that can be used to provide high-resolution measurement and to assess the effects of California’s safety net policies on poverty and disparities in poverty. Qualifications: We are seeking a research assistant who is skilled in quantitative analysis and can program in R and Stata. Application review for this position will begin on March 1, 2023. The position will remain open until filled.


The family origins of economic inequality (Alessandra Voena)

Applied microeconomics of healthcare and consumer financial markets (Neale Mahoney). 

This opening is for one predoc position who will work on both projects and who will be co-mentored by both Professors Voena and Mahoney. 

The family origins of economic inequality: Professor Voena is looking for research assistantship on a number of projects that study the economic implications of household decision making and particularly its effect on economic and gender inequality. These include studying how family-related events influence small businesses, how concerns about parental old-age support may hinder long-term migration decisions, and how career breaks due to motherhood affect labor market prospects of high-skilled tech workers. 

Applied microeconomics of healthcare and consumer financial marketsProfessor Mahoney is looking for a research assistant to work with him on projects examining the U.S. healthcare system, consumer financial markets, and other topics in applied microeconomics. Research assistants work on all aspects of the projects -- from background research and basic data analysis, to causal and structural estimation, to slide preparation and paper writing.

Qualifications:  The ideal candidate will have (i) a strong quantitative background, (ii) strong computer skills including programming, (iii) the ability to work independently to solve problems, and (iv) a long-term interest in pursuing research in economics. Background in economics is a plus, but not necessary—we welcome candidates with strong technical backgrounds who are looking for more exposure to economics.