Research on Labor Economics and the Economics of Education
Faculty Supervisor(s):

Zachary Bleemer

Project Description:

The fellow will work with Professor Bleemer on new and ongoing projects in applied microeconomics, primarily related to economic mobility and the economics of education. Likely projects include quasi-experimental studies of affirmative action and other university admissions policies, college major choice, role model and peer effects, and medical training and care quality.

The pre-doctoral fellow will be engaged in all stages of the research process, including conceptual development, data collection, data analysis, and writing up our findings, including the possibility of coauthorship. Research collaboration with faculty and other researchers at Yale, Harvard, and other institutions will be an important component of the job.

Requisite Skills and Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have a strong quantitative background, programming skills, the ability to work independently and solve problems, and a long-term interest in pursuing research in economics or an adjacent field. Candidates should also have strong communication skills and the ability to write clearly.

Background in economics is a plus but not required; candidates with strong technical skills who are interested in learning more about economics are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants typically have Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees with substantial coursework in economics, statistics, and/or data science.

Special Application Instructions:

To apply, please email Professor Bleemer ( a pdf document titled “lastname_firstname.pdf” and containing the following material:

A cover letter describing your interest, dates available, your familiarity with programming languages, your prior research experience (emphasizing your roles in applied microeconomic research), and the names, email addresses, and phone numbers for 2-3 references;
A current CV;
A transcript;
A writing sample; and
A code sample (preferably R, but Stata is acceptable).