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Undergraduate Research Assistant openings

The Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) has many paid openings throughout the year for undergraduate research assistants. Undergraduate RAs work directly with SIEPR faculty on research and data acquisition. Undergraduate RAs are hired on a quarterly basis and paid a standard rate of $17/hour.

Due to the type of funding, this program is available only to currently enrolled Stanford undergraduates. Positions are posted until filled. If you are interested, please apply early. Applications are reviewed as they are received. For questions about the program, please email

Open Positions

Empirical research on macroeconomic issues

Post Date: October 1, 2018

Faculty Mentor: Benjamin Schoefer

Project Description: We will work on empirical research examining macroeconomic questions. RA will assist in the analysis of macroeconomic and microeconomic data. This will include locating and downloading data, formatting it and exploring empirical patterns. If student has a background in economic modeling, the project will also work on economic theory.

Qualifications: Previous coursework in econometrics and experience with Stata, as well as intermediate micro and macroeconomics.

Details: Applicants should expect to devote 10-15 hours per week to the position.

Contact: To apply, please send resume, statement of interest (optional), a writing sample (ideally an economics paper you have written with empirical or theoretical analyses), and your unofficial transcript to

Trade Shocks and Labor Market Adjustment

Post Date:  December 11, 2018

Faculty Mentors: Matthew Grant and Hannes Schwandt

Project Description: While trade has many positive impacts on our society, it can hurt workers who lose their jobs or earn less due to competition from foreign producers. These negative effects would be considerably diminished if workers were more flexible switching jobs and industries in response to trade shocks and it remains a major puzzle why workers seem to respond little to opportunities in industry outside their own. In this project we hope to explore the sources of this inflexibility and to understand which workers move in response to trade shocks and which do not. In doing so, we hope to develop policy prescriptions for the recent effects of trade on unemployment and other social ills, that go beyond policies aimed at mere reductions in trade.

RA Responsibilities:RAs will assist the investigators in working with rich microdata from the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom. They will gain experience with statistical software, data management, and statistical inference. All of the investigators are committed to mentoring, and will help RAs develop relevant skills.

Qualifications: Applicants should have familiarity with STATA with high weight placed on prior experience working with STATA and microdata.

Details: RAs will be expected to work 10 hours a week.

Contact: To apply, Please send your resume, a list of relevant coursework (economics and/or statistics), and a brief statement of interest to