Herb Scarf Summer Research Opportunities

2018 Scarf RA group photo

The program is supported by the Cowles Foundation, the James Tobin Fund for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (which was created by friends and former students to honor Tobin’s lifelong devotion to undergraduate education), Paul Joskow ‘72 PhD, and the Yale School of Management.

Projects for Summer 2021

Note: The application portal for Summer 2021 will open on Monday, February 22. We will accept applications on a rolling basis until Friday, March 5. Faculty will aim to inform students receiving RAships of their status by Friday, March 12.

Have questions? Join the Economics Peer Mentors for a panel about the Scarf RA program from 2:30-3:30pm on Friday, March 5. More info here.

Herb Scarf Summer Research Opportunities in Economics is a program designed to give Yale students a chance to immerse themselves in ongoing research with their professors in the Department of Economics and other affiliated departments and professional schools. Working closely with a professor, students will get a better idea of what “doing research” actually means, and why a professor views it as exciting and worthwhile. Students will also have an opportunity to learn, through practical experience, some of the skills associated with the process of doing research – data collection, coding, writing, and other tasks involved in a research project. The program also includes group events organized by the Program Directors, Zara Contractor and Lucas Finamor, who are both PhD students in economics. This programming includes faculty talks, programming workshops, and social events that teach research methods and help build a community of RAs who can support each other.

Participating students (Scarf RAs) will be required to work 160 hours on their faculty mentor’s research project from June 1 to July 23 (or other dates mutually agreed upon with the student’s faculty mentor) and participate in the supplemental research and social activities organized by the Program Directors. At the conclusion of the program, students will be required to submit a short final report (approximately two pages) summarizing their research activities and providing feedback on the program. Participants will be paid a stipend of $3,300, dispersed in two equal installments (one at the beginning of the program; one after the final report is submitted).

Typically, the HSSRO is a New Haven-based program. However, due to the uncertainties associated with the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic, this summer the program will once again operate remotely. Regardless of location, students and faculty mentors are expected to meet at least weekly while the project is running.

Eligibility

Any undergradaute Yale student who has not previously participated in the program may apply, but students who have completed more of the required coursework in economics (particularly the core courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics) are more likely to possess the quantitative skills that professors find useful in conducting research. Scarf RA positions are not available to seniors (Class of 2021) or students visiting Yale during the academic year.

Projects and Applications

The project descriptions (see below) explain both the goals of the professor’s research and the activities that undergraduates would be engaged in as part of that research. For some projects, the professor will be seeking a small team, typically of 2 or 3 research assistants.

If you are interested in participating in a project you should submit an online application form, including a curriculum vita (or resume) and a brief cover letter explaining why you are interested in the project. A copy of your application and CV will be sent upon submission to the professor leading the project and Qazi Azam (Undergraduate Registrar in the Department of Economics). You may apply to at most four projects (but accept and participate in only one).  

Students will be contacted directly by interested faculty on a rolling basis until the position has been filled. The awards will be posted on this site once faculty have made their decisions.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Rebecca Toseland or Qazi Azam.


Scarf Research Projects

Summer 2021

Faculty Sponsor: Philipp Strack
Award: Itamar Fayler, Nalin Khanna, Andrew Wang
Faculty Sponsor: Xi Chen
Award: Sarah Guan , Janine Tu
Faculty Sponsor: John Eric Humphries
Award: Noah Friedlander
Faculty Sponsor: Rohini Pande
Award: Chris Yao , Hannah Ji
Faculty Sponsor: Jose-Antonio Espin-Sanchez
Award: Houcine Jedli, Zach Auster
Faculty Sponsor: Ebonya Washington
Award: Zelunjo Chumajaegbu, Leah Cogguillo, Angela Garcia, Marco Chaidez
Faculty Sponsor: Rodrigo Canales
Award: Georgii Bekuridze
Faculty Sponsor: Matthew Spiegel, Heather Tookes Alexopoulos
Award: Vanika Mahesh, Stephen Martinez-Hamilton, Josephine Cureton, Natalie Lord, Armin Daneshbodi, Carrie Zhou, Ainsley Weber, Mark Viti, Christine Zhu, Alex Jin, Simarpreet Kaur, Erica Bae
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Thomas Steffen
Award: Charlson Kim , Rishabh Bhargava
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Daniel Esty
Award: Alex Wyckoff , Iris Li , Caroline Benedetti
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Mitsuru Igami
Award: Jordan Mazza, Bruno Moscarini
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Abigail Friedman
Award: Sandhya Kumar , Garrett Frye-Mason
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Cameron LaPoint
Award: Evan Hu, Mark Hodges
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Eduardo Davila
Award: Jalen Li, Ran Wang, Alex Kane
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Abigail Friedman
Award: Sasha Thomas
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Kaivan Munshi
Award: Justin Ye
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Nicholas Ryan
Award: Tracy Zhou
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Nicholas Ryan, Jose-Antonio Espin-Sanchez
Award: Byron Ma , Mercy Idindili
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Cormac O'Dea
Award: Denae Clowers, Charlotte Townley, Alessa Kim-Panero
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Dirk Bergemann
Award: Fred Zhang, Gina Markov , Jack Hirsch
Closed to further applications

Summer 2020

Faculty Sponsor: Jose-Antonio Espin-Sanchez
Award: Naasey Kanko Arthur, Zifeng Zeng , Charlie Tang , Liviu Mosnoi
Faculty Sponsor: Zack Cooper
Award: Siddarth Shankar , Samuel Turner , Baji Tumendemberel
Faculty Sponsor: Xi Chen
Award: Justin Ye
Faculty Sponsor: Heather Tookes Alexopoulos
Award: Preston Smith, George Hua, Andrew Wei
Faculty Sponsor: Joseph Altonji
Award: Lauren Harris
Faculty Sponsor: Shyam Sunder
Award: Haron Adbaru, Michael Lin
Faculty Sponsor: Yair Listokin
Award: Rohan Garg, Ayumi Sudo
Faculty Sponsor: Cormac O'Dea
Award: Rosa Kleinman , Albert Gong
Faculty Sponsor: Eduardo Davila
Award: Alan Liu , Jack Kelly, Alexander Kirov
Faculty Sponsor: John Eric Humphries
Award: Josh Purtell , Gabriel Mazuera , Nicole Zhen , Joojo Ocran
Faculty Sponsor: Abigail Friedman
Award: Kamila Janmohamed
Faculty Sponsor: Cormac O'Dea
Award: Mykola Sapronov
Faculty Sponsor: Dirk Bergemann
Award: Michelle Fang
Closed to further applications

Summer 2019

Faculty Sponsor: Matthew Spiegel
Award: Jon Deuber, Nikita Saleev, Matthew Fantozzi
Faculty Sponsor: Matthew Spiegel
Award: Douglas Hagemeister, Annie Zhao, Mathew Jacob, Neil Braganza
Faculty Sponsor: John Eric Humphries
Award: Liana Wang , Aaron Dickstein
Faculty Sponsor: Jose-Antonio Espin-Sanchez
Award: Yagmur Yuksel
Faculty Sponsor: James Choi
Award: Rohan Angadi, Rob Brinkmann, Vod Vilfort
Faculty Sponsor: Mushfiq Mobarak
Award: Robel Mulugeta
Faculty Sponsor: Costas Arkolakis
Award: Peter Luff
Faculty Sponsor: Cormac O'Dea
Award: Ian Salvamoser, Michelle Kim
Faculty Sponsor: Eduardo Davila
Award: Raj Ramnani
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Eduardo Davila
Award: Johnny Xu
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Ebonya Washington
Award: Nikita Raheja
Closed to further applications

Summer 2018

Faculty Sponsor: Jacob Wallace
Award: Dominique Desroches , Cody Clements
Faculty Sponsor: Kevin Williams, Fiona Scott Morton
Award: Ryo Tamaki , Hersh Gupta
Faculty Sponsor: Yusuke Narita
Award: Devesh Agrawal, Keniel Yao, Fatih Celikbas
Faculty Sponsor: Yusuke Narita
Award: Jacob Carlson, Ling Dong
Faculty Sponsor: Jose-Antonio Espin-Sanchez, Dan Keniston
Award: Thomas Atlee, Benjamin Wong
Faculty Sponsor: Jacob Wallace
Award: Joseph Doran
Faculty Sponsor: Costas Arkolakis, Michael Peters
Award: Lydia Wickard , Loften Deprez
Faculty Sponsor: Michael Peters
Award: Jordi Bofill, Tra Nguyen, Farouq Ghandour, Gloria Wu , Chuang Tang

Summer 2017

Faculty Sponsor: Zoe Chance
Award: Charles Taylor '18, Katherine Xiu '18, Jakub Madej '20
Faculty Sponsor: Ivana Katic
Award: Sarah DiMagno '18, Eric Wang '18, Andreas Ravichandran '19
Faculty Sponsor: Costas Arkolakis
Award: Justin Katz '18, Jake DiCicco '17, Stanislav Atanasov '17
Faculty Sponsor: John Geanakoplos
Award: Yicong Shen '18, Ronny Choudhury '19, Adam Krok '19, Pascal Ungersboeck '19
Faculty Sponsor: Michael Peters
Award: Noah Stetson '18, Adam Harris '17
Faculty Sponsor: Michael Peters, Costas Arkolakis
Award: Andrew Sparkman '19, William Smith '19
Faculty Sponsor: Andrew Metrick
Award: Timothy Rawlinson '19 , Xavier Sottile '19, Yavuz Ramiz Colak '20
Faculty Sponsor: Abigail Friedman
Award: Sonia Wang '18, Nathalya Do Leite '19
Faculty Sponsor: Robert Shiller
Award: Lewis Ho '18, Michael Zanger-Tishler '18
Faculty Sponsor: Robert Shiller, William Goetzmann
Award: Nidal Hishmeh '18, Jacob Hoops '18, Shah Khan '19
Faculty Sponsor: Jose-Antonio Espin-Sanchez
Award: Cayley Geffen, 2019, Arjun Prakash '19
Faculty Sponsor: Joseph Altonji
Award: William McGrew '18
Faculty Sponsor: Dirk Bergemann
Award: Justin Young '18
Faculty Sponsor: Samuel Kortum
Award: Lixing Liang '18, Lihua Xiao '18
Faculty Sponsor: Mushfiq Mobarak
Award: Matthew Sant-Miller '18
Faculty Sponsor: Kevin Williams
Award: Nicolas Jimenez '19
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Summer 2012 SRO Research Projects
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Summer 2005 SRO Research Projects (formerly ROME)