Predoctoral Research Assistant Projects

Prof. Zack Cooper talking to RAs

Alongside the establishment of the new Tobin Center for Economic Policy at Yale, the Yale Economics Department is establishing a predoctoral research assistant (RA) program. These RAships are open to graduates holding a recent BA, BS or Masters degree in economics or a closely related field. We invite applicants to apply using the application form.

Successful candidates will be appointed as Research Associates, a position similar to a “post-doc,” but for predoctoral candidates. These positions most typically involve work on empirical projects involving data and/or computation and/or statistical analysis, but they may also involve economic theory or qualitative research. The research projects associated with currently open RA positions are described below.

Each of these RAships involves assisting a particular Yale faculty member (or group of faculty) on the described research and on related projects (see the full list of projects below). In addition to working closely with Yale faculty, the program provides formal training and mentoring, as well as membership in a group of peer RAs working on different projects. Positions are for an initial one-year appointment, with a possible second-year renewal.

Conveniently located on the high-speed rail line between Boston and New York, New Haven is a vibrant small city with major cultural resources and an affordable cost of living. At Yale, precursor programs to this one have attracted an interesting and diverse group of RAs who have gone on to success in Ph.D. programs and elsewhere. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.

Interested applicants can find more information on the application form page.

Note to international applicants: The predoctoral RA positions are available to international applicants (unless otherwise indicated in an individual project description) and may be sponsored on a J-1 visa. If applicable, students eligible for F1-Optional Practical Training (OPT) are encouraged to use this visa if granted a fellowship and should speak to their current international student advisor.

Applications are accepted until positions are filled or withdrawn. New RA listings may continue to be posted, while filled positions will be removed. Address any questions or concerns to the Department of Economics.

Predoctoral Research Assistant Projects