Research in Empirical Economics and Law and Economics
FACULTY SUPERVISOR(S):

Ian Ayres


PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

The predoc will work with Professor Ayres and co-authors on various projects on empirical economics. The first project is on economics of education, and the predoc will work with large datasets obtained from NYC's Department of Education to estimate teacher value added. The idea is to examine heterogeneity in teacher value across different segments of their class (upper half/bottom half of academic achievement, differences by race, etc.).

Another project focuses on reactive incentives and sunk opportunity costs. The predoc will be involved in all stages of the research process (from data collection to preparing results prior to publication) for a number of different context RCTs whose primary aim is to pilot test novel approaches for improving individuals’ ability to stick to a “practice quit” program. 

As part of multiple projects, the predoc will have the opportunity to develop a broad array of research-related skills. 


REQUISITE SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

Applicants should be completing or have completed a Bachelors or Master’s degree and have excellent programming skills. Preference will be given to detail-oriented applicants with previous research and programming experience and a strong interest to pursue a PhD in Economics. 


SPECIAL APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

To apply, please email Eni Iljazi (eni.iljazi@yale.edu) a pdf document titled “lastname_firstname” and containing the following material:

1. A one-page cover letter describing your interest, dates available, your familiarity with programing languages, your prior research experience 

2. The names, email addresses, and phone numbers for 2-3 references;

3. A Current CV;

4. A transcript;

5. A writing sample;

6. A sample of your coding (preferably Stata).

LINK TO APPLICATION PAGE:

https://tobin.yale.edu/fellowships/pre-doctoral-fellows-program/apply