The Becker Friedman Institute for Economics (BFI) is seeking to hire a full-time Research Professional to work with Manasi Deshpande, Assistant Professor of Economics. Successful candidates will work directly with Professor Deshpande as part of BFI’s Ronzetti Initiative for the Study of Labor Markets and BFI’s Predoctoral Research in Economics Program (PREP). Manasi Deshpande does empirical research on social safety net programs. Her research uses a combination of large administrative datasets on applicants and recipients of government programs as well as household survey data. Part of the job will involve working with big data sets. This is a unique opportunity to learn how to work with such data.

Key questions in the research agenda include:

  • What are the effects of social safety net programs on individuals, communities, and labor markets?
  • What is the optimal design of social safety net programs, including benefit generosity and type, and restrictions on applicants and recipients?
  • What are the most efficient ways to insure different types of risks in the economy?

BFI’s Predoctoral Research in Economics Program (PREP) is intended to serve as a bridge between college and graduate school for students interested in empirical economics. Applicants must have completed a Bachelors degree by June 2021 and have strong quantitative and programming skills. Candidates with research experience are strongly preferred, especially those with experience in Stata, R, Python or Matlab. The ideal candidate would begin on July 1, 2021 and work for BFI for one or two years before applying to graduate school in Economics or another quantitative social science. BFI offers competitive salary and employee benefits.