Tobin Undergraduate Research Assistantships

The Tobin undergraduate RAs are named after James Tobin, a prominent member of the Department of Economics at Yale from 1950 to 2002 and the winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1981. He was an avid supporter of involving undergraduates in research in economics and was the leader of “Tobin’s ‘army’ — generations of undergraduates [who] became part of an intellectual adventure … and were instilled with the desire to devote knowledge and reason to the betterment of society” (quoted in “Remembering James Tobin: Stories Mostly from His Students,” by Robert Goldfarb, Eastern Economic Journal, 2003).James Tobin portrait

The purpose of the Tobin Research Assistantships (Tobin RAs) is to give undergraduates in economics at Yale an opportunity to learn about conducting research in economics by working as a research assistant for a professor. Tobin RAs typically begin in the fall of each academic year and are renewable, upon mutual agreement of the professor and the research assistant, for up to one additional term. In each term, each Tobin RA requires approximately 10 hours of work per week for 12 weeks and pays $12.75/hour.

To apply for a project, students should submit an application form along with an uploaded curriculum vita (or resume). The relevant professor will receive an email of your application and curriculum vita, as will Qazi Azam (Undergraduate Registrar in the Department of Economics).  Students may apply to at most three projects (one application per project), but accept no more than one position. Students who have participated in the Tobin RAs in the past are no longer eligible to participate.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis from Monday, August 31, 2020 until Friday, September 11, 2020Projects may be able to accommodate more than one RA. Projects that have been completely filled are marked “Closed to further applications”.

Note: the Student Employment Office has implemented new undergraduate hiring policies for Academic Year 2020-21. Priority will be given to enrolled students who are receiving financial aid and are “in residence” (accepted the invitation to live on or near campus). You will be asked to supply information on these attributes in the application. Projects that are eligible for remote work are indicated in the project description.

Tobin Research Projects

Fall 2020

Faculty Sponsor: Dirk Bergemann
This project is eligible for remote work.
Award: Alden Tan, Fred Zhang
Faculty Sponsor: Samuel Kortum
This project is eligible for remote work.
Award: Alvin Chung,  Michelle Tong
Faculty Sponsor: Thomas Steffen
This project is eligible for remote work.
Award: Ashwin Agnihotri
Faculty Sponsor: Mushfiq Mobarak, Fabian Eckert
This project is eligible for remote work.
Award: Matthew Murillo, Nishi Felton
Faculty Sponsor: Christian McNamara, Andrew Metrick
This project is eligible for remote work.
Award: Asante Mzungu, Tiana Lopez, Hannah Manz
Faculty Sponsor: Ed Vytlacil
This project is eligible for remote work.
Award: Pascu, Andrei , Sibul, Ben
Faculty Sponsor: Kevin Williams
This project is eligible for remote work.
Award: Daniel Lu
Faculty Sponsor: Samuel Kortum
This project is eligible for remote work.
Award: Michael Barresi
Faculty Sponsor: Mushfiq Mobarak
This project is eligible for remote work.
Award: Fred Ebongue
Faculty Sponsor: Eduardo Davila
This project is eligible for remote work.
Award: Brian Zhu , Jack Kelly
Faculty Sponsor: Ebonya Washington
This project is eligible for remote work.
Award: Linda Thach, Marco Chaidez , Amaris Hester
Faculty Sponsor: John Eric Humphries
This project is eligible for remote work.
Award: Luna Li, Nicole Zhen
Faculty Sponsor: Nils Rudi
This project is eligible for remote work.
Award: Imad Rizvi , Sam Tobin
Faculty Sponsor: Matthew Spiegel
This project is eligible for remote work.
Award: Joojo Ocran, Natalie Lord , Patrick Hayes
Faculty Sponsor: Rodrigo Canales
This project is eligible for remote work.
Award: Elif Goksu Simsek , Alex Wyckoff, Sindi Dacin, Georgii Bekuridze
Faculty Sponsor: Jose-Antonio Espin-Sanchez
This project is eligible for remote work.
Award: Charlie Tang, Liviu Mosnoi, Zifeng Zeng
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Charles Hodgson, Florian Ederer
This project is eligible for remote work.
Award: Hannah Ji
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Rohini Pande
This project is eligible for remote work.
Award: Andres Burgos , Freya Salva , Salma Shaheen
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Zack Cooper
This project is eligible for remote work.
Award: Baji Tumendemberel, Siddarth Shankar
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Joseph Altonji
This project is eligible for remote work.
Award: Lauren Harris, Emily Wang
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Shyam Sunder
This project is eligible for remote work.
Award: Haron Adbaru
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Fabrizio Zilibotti
This project is eligible for remote work.
Award: Sarah Moon, Chris Yao
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Kaivan Munshi
This project is eligible for remote work.
Award: Justin Ye, Alice Geng , Lucas Vasquez
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Nicholas Ryan
This project is eligible for remote work.
Award: Andrew Wei, Tracy Zhou
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Daniel Esty, Martin Wolf
This project is eligible for remote work.
Award: Sam Brigham , Slaveya Zaharieva , Quinn Nortonsmith
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Jody Sindelar
This project is eligible for remote work.
Award: Eric Krebs , Josh Czaczkes
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Cormac O'Dea
This project is eligible for remote work.
Award: Rosa Kleinman, Albert Gong, Jun-Davinci Choi
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Yair Listokin
This project is eligible for remote work.
Award: Ayumi Sudo
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Mitsuru Igami
This project is eligible for remote work.
Award: Clara Penteado, Alexis Teh, Janie Wu
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Charles Hodgson
This project is eligible for remote work.
Award: Ran Wang, Oscar Wang
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Gerald Jaynes
This project is eligible for remote work.
Award: Alex Kane
Closed to further applications

Spring 2020

Faculty Sponsor: Samuel Kortum
Award: Ziyang Guo , Michael Barresi
Faculty Sponsor: Shyam Sunder
Award: Michael Pei Lin , Haron Habte Adbaru
Faculty Sponsor: Yair Listokin
Award: Ayumi Sudo
Faculty Sponsor: Lorenzo Caliendo
Award: Stephanie Hu , Rajat Doshi , Joon Lee
Faculty Sponsor: William English
Award: Liang Yuan Wong
Faculty Sponsor: Jose-Antonio Espin-Sanchez
Award: Andre Costa , Charles Barton
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Philipp Strack
Award: Josh Purtell , William Arnesen , Ephraim Sutherland
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Jose-Antonio Espin-Sanchez
Award: Naasey Kanko Arthur
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Costas Meghir
Award: Lauren Harris, Ryan Haygood
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Mitsuru Igami
Award: Alan Chiang
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Tristan Botelho
Award: Derek Chen , Graham Hardcastle
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Rohini Pande
Award: Sam Maniscalco, Anna Hwang
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Timothy Guinnane
Award: Daniela Valdes
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Barbara Biasi
Award: Katherine Kushner , Rohan Angadi
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Ed Vytlacil
Award: Nikita Joshi, Jonathan Michael Schwartz
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: John Eric Humphries
Award: Larissa Nguyen , Jessica Xu
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Jacob Wallace
Award: Karen Jiang
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Costas Arkolakis
Award: Karina Franke , Jorge Colmenares-Miralles , Joon Lee
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Cormac O'Dea
Award: Jasper Feinberg, Greg Naratil
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Eduardo Davila
Award: Alya Ahmed
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Gerald Jaynes
Award: Alex Kane, Annie Fang, Robel Mulugeta
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Mushfiq Mobarak
Award: Aakshi Chaba, Claire Lee
Closed to further applications

Fall 2019

Faculty Sponsor: Philipp Strack
Award: Josh Purtell , William Arnesen , Ephraim Sutherland
Faculty Sponsor: Matthew Spiegel
Award: Yunji Jong
Faculty Sponsor: Costas Meghir
Award: Lauren Harris , Ryan Haygood
Faculty Sponsor: Jody Sindelar
Award: Jess Nadel , Julia Nadelmann
Faculty Sponsor: Mushfiq Mobarak
Award: Kumsal Özgür
Faculty Sponsor: Fabrizio Zilibotti
Award: Vivian Xu
Faculty Sponsor: William Goetzmann
Award: Jennifer Huang, Alex Wang, Fausto Hernandez Reyes Retana
Faculty Sponsor: Costas Arkolakis
Award: Karina Franke , Jorge Colmenares-Miralles
Faculty Sponsor: Daniel Esty
Award: Rachel Chang, Begoña Madridejos
Faculty Sponsor: Mushfiq Mobarak
Award: Aakshi Chaba , Claire Lee
Faculty Sponsor: Mitsuru Igami
Award: Alan Chiang
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Timothy Guinnane
Award: Rachel Diaz
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Joseph Altonji
Award: Jack Kelly
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Michael Peters, Fabrizio Zilibotti
Award: Brian Sun
Closed to further applications
Faculty Sponsor: Cormac O'Dea
Award: Greg Naratil
Closed to further applications

Spring 2019

Faculty Sponsor: Matthew Spiegel
Award: Harman Singh, Jon Deuber
Faculty Sponsor: Yusuke Narita
Award: Devesh Agrawal
Faculty Sponsor: Matthew Spiegel
Award: Douglas Hagemeister, Annie Zhao, Bobby Kwon
Faculty Sponsor: Ed Vytlacil
Award: Alissa Ji, Eli Metzner
Faculty Sponsor: Jose-Antonio Espin-Sanchez
Award: Yagmur Yuksel
Faculty Sponsor: Mushfiq Mobarak
Award: Jorge Colmenares-Miralles , Hideto John Mori
Faculty Sponsor: Mushfiq Mobarak
Award: Hannah Moreno
Faculty Sponsor: Mushfiq Mobarak
Award: Liana Wang
Faculty Sponsor: Mushfiq Mobarak
Award: Adam Shaw
Faculty Sponsor: Eduardo Davila
Award: Johnny Xu
Faculty Sponsor: Daniel Esty
Award: Conor Kennedy, Alan S. Liu, Reilly Witheford
Faculty Sponsor: Ebonya Washington
Award: Vod Vilfort
Faculty Sponsor: Mushfiq Mobarak
Award: Lisa Qian, Min-Byung Chae, Kueho Choi

Fall 2018

Faculty Sponsor: Yusuke Narita
Faculty Sponsor: Matthew Spiegel
Award: Allison Du, Danny Guo, Andrew Isreal
Faculty Sponsor: Yusuke Narita
Award: Devesh Agrawal
Faculty Sponsor: Soheil Ghili, Vineet Kumar
Award: Jacquelyn Du, Eli Metzner
Faculty Sponsor: Aleh Tsyvinski, Yukun Liu
Award: Gaurav Pathak, Colton Conley
Faculty Sponsor: Timothy Guinnane
Award: Rachel Diaz
Faculty Sponsor: Tristan Botelho
Award: Reyanna James, Betty Pu, Qinying Sun
Faculty Sponsor: Yusuke Narita
Award: Jacob Carlson, Ling Dong, Deena Mousa
Faculty Sponsor: Matthew Spiegel
Award: Wei Li, Thomas Atlee
Faculty Sponsor: Ivana Katic
Award: Michael Borger , Skakel McCooey , Olivia Thomas
Faculty Sponsor: Eduardo Davila
Award: Raj Ramnani
Faculty Sponsor: Mushfiq Mobarak
Award: Jorge Colmenares-Miralles , Hideto John Mori
Faculty Sponsor: Mushfiq Mobarak
Award: Liana Wang
Faculty Sponsor: Daniel Esty
Award: Conor Kennedy, Alan S. Liu, Reilly Witheford
Faculty Sponsor: Daniel Esty
Award: Mathew Jacob
Faculty Sponsor: Michael Peters, Costas Arkolakis
Award: Loften Deprez, Lydia Wickard, Gloria Wu
Faculty Sponsor: Michael Peters
Award: Tra Nguyen, Jordi Bofill, Farouq Ghandour
Faculty Sponsor: Samuel Kortum
Award: Yusuke Imamura, Kaan Cankat
Faculty Sponsor: Costas Arkolakis
Award: Max Sahlins, Madison Smith, Moises Escobar
Faculty Sponsor: Song Ma
Award: Cynthia Goldman, Gregory Jany, Shunhe Wang, Amy Zhang
Faculty Sponsor: Ebonya Washington
Award: Nikita Raheja
Faculty Sponsor: Ebonya Washington
Award: David Toppelberg

Spring 2018

Faculty Sponsor: Cormac O'Dea
Award: Lan Luo, Jakub Madej
Faculty Sponsor: Fiona Scott Morton
Award: Hersh Gupta, Monica Barbosa
Faculty Sponsor: Daniel Esty
Award: Anjali Bery
Faculty Sponsor: Ivana Katic
Award: Grant Richardson, Lucas Ferrer, William Horvath
Faculty Sponsor: Alina Lerman
Award: Pascal Ungersboeck, Tamir Rabinovich, Susan Wang
Faculty Sponsor: Costas Arkolakis
Award: Narek Alexanian , Andrew Sparkman
Faculty Sponsor: Yair Listokin
Award: William Vester
Faculty Sponsor: Mushfiq Mobarak
Award: Madison Stenzel , Jaclyn Schess

Fall 2017

Faculty Sponsor: Kevin Williams
Award: Dimitrios Lippe '18, Michael Machado '19
Faculty Sponsor: Yusuke Narita
Award: James Baker '18, Anthony Amadeo '18
Faculty Sponsor: Naomi Lamoreaux
Award: Declan Kunkel '19, Joseph (Joe) Doran '20, Catherine Peng '19
Faculty Sponsor: Costas Arkolakis, Michael Peters
Award: Michael Mei '18, David Rubio '19, Andrew Sparkman '19, William Smith '19
Faculty Sponsor: Daniel Esty
Award: Joseph Battles '18
Faculty Sponsor: Andrew Metrick
Award: Sarah Hamerling '19, Leila Murphy '19, Michelle Li '20
Faculty Sponsor: Ebonya Washington
Award: William Vester '19
Faculty Sponsor: Fabrizio Zilibotti
Award: Elaine Lou '19, Nam-Joon Hwang '18
Faculty Sponsor: Costas Arkolakis
Award: Justin Katz '18, Christopher Champa '18, Gabriel Rojas '19
Faculty Sponsor: Robert J. Shiller
Award: Lewis Ho '18, Michael Zanger-Tishler '18
Faculty Sponsor: Gerald Jaynes
Award: Jordan Kindler '19
Closed to further applications