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Work experience opportunities

Economic Growth Center Research Assistants (RA) program

The aim of the IDE-EGC Research Assistantship Program is to provide IDE students hands-on, skill building experience as a research assistant while also supporting the broader work of EGC and relevant faculty research. IDE interns in the Fall 2020 semester are eligible to work for a maximum of 120 hours from October through December, paid by EGC (that is, roughly 10 hours per week – the maximum allowed in any given week is 19 hours, which is the ceiling imposed by Student Employment). This amounts to approximately $3000, estimated as 10 hours a week for 12 weeks of the 13 week semester.  A student can receive a waiver to work more hours if approved by the IDE and EGC Directors under special circumstances.  

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Professors, in this program or elsewhere at Yale, who are looking for RAs to do data analysis will be looking for STATA skills. Others will be looking for help with assembling and manipulating data, and those opportunities will not be so reliant on STATA.  For some of you, STATA may be relatively new so we encourage any of you interested in RA positions to get some experience or sign up for one of the Yale Statlab/CSSSI ( ) minicourses on Stata after you arrive at Yale. 

The benefit of being an RA goes beyond mere pay, because the RA experience can also be valuable as you apply for positions post IDE, be they positions with J-PAL/EPoD/IPA, the World Bank or future academic programs.

Teaching Assistant (TA) position 

A Teaching Assistant (TA) position with the Yale Economics Department, while it pays more per semester than the RA position, is more demanding, largely because there isn’t nearly the degree of flexibility, as time spent on grading/office hours/sections each week is fairly constant.  

For a TA position requiring 19 hours of week, the typical pay from the Department of Economics this year is $8,000 per semester.  We generally encourage to hold off doing a TA-ship until their Spring semester so they have time to acclimate to the program workload.  Other schools and departments at Yale hire IDE students as TA’s, notably the Yale School of Forestry, for their environmental economics classes, some elective course at the Yale School of Management, and the Global Affairs program, for their more economically intensive classes. 

In the Undergraduate Department of Economics, while the exact details vary by class, TAs teach two sections each semester, with a ceiling of 40 students per section.