Professors Raj Chetty (Harvard University, Economics), John Friedman (Brown University, Economics), Nathan Hendren (Harvard University, Economics), and Michael Stepner (University of Toronto, Economics) are seeking a full-time Health Economics Research Scientist. The position builds on prior work on income, mortality, and economic mobility and will have a general focus on using big data to study the determinants of health inequality. In particular, the Research Scientist will support work on a recently awarded National Institutes of Health (NIH) award to develop, analyze, and disseminate a new database to measure the association between income, race, and mortality in relation to COVID-19 and broader health conditions. The Research Scientist will be based at the National Bureau of Economic Research starting Summer 2022 and will have an affiliate role with Opportunity Insights at Harvard University.
The Research Scientist will work with principal investigators to conduct rigorous, high-quality public policy and health research. This position will be involved in all stages of research to study the determinants of health inequality by income, race, and other dimensions in the United States and globally. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: cleaning and managing large datasets, conceptualizing and conducting statistical analyses, programming following best practices for reproducible research, summarizing and presenting findings, co-authoring manuscripts, and providing mentorship and support to junior researchers and fellows. This is a long-term grant-funded staff position and is ideal for a candidate looking to further their empirical research skills and publication opportunities.
The research assistant will interact frequently with Drs. Chetty, Friedman, Hendren, and Stepner, and other senior level collaborators. The Research Scientist will also have opportunities to attend weekly research seminars in economics, and to access other professional development and scientific opportunities through Opportunity Insights.
This is a long-term position supported by a 5-year NIH grant on Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research on COVID-19. The position will last duration of the project, subject to grant funding.
The ideal candidate should be completing (or have completed) a PhD in economics, public health, statistics, computer science, or a related field and will have: (i) a strong background in econometrics and/or biostatistics, (ii) strong statistical programing skills, (iii) enthusiasm for empirical research on topics in health and public economics, (iv) an excellent academic record, (v) prior experience with robust independent research, (vi) prior experience with mentoring junior staff and students.
Opportunity Insights (OI) is a nonpartisan research and policy institute focused on improving economic
opportunity. Founded in 2018, Opportunity Insight has become a nationally- and internationally recognized leader in the science of economic mobility and in the use of large administrative data to understand and address inequality. Opportunity Insights has published seminal work on national trends in upward mobility, racial disparities, the role of neighborhoods and higher education in upward mobility, and most recently, the use of private-sector data to understand disparate impacts in the current economic recession and recovery.