The Jain Family Institute

Economics Research Fellow


Economics Research Fellow

New York // Part Time // Research 


The Jain Family Institute is seeking a PhD candidate or masters graduate with a strong background in econometrics, development and experimental economics. This researcher will support our work with cities on designing and piloting basic income policies.

The research team at JFI is examining the effects of Universal Basic Income as a policy alternative to improve economic, social and psychological wellbeing. JFI is developing experimental pilot designs to examine effects of an unconditional cash transfer on consumption, labor, social interactions and wellbeing for city governments in the United States.

JFI seeks a research fellow in economics to support the team in building experimental and quasi experimental pilots for our city government partners. The research fellow will join a small team of researchers in economics, public policy and political science. The fellow will work closely with JFI’s Lead Researcher and the Basic Income research team.

Send all application material to

  • A letter of interest

  • A CV with contact information

  • A writing or project sample

The preferred due date is January 10th, after which we will accept applications on a rolling basis. Selected candidates will be invited to an in-person interview and test in our Manhattan office in January.


The fellow's tasks will include:

  • Advising and working with city government partners to build out elements of the research design

  • Refining and reviewing design elements including conducting validity and robustness checks

  • Developing analysis models for the experimental design

  • Working and engaging with academic advisors


  • Expertise in econometrics, experimental and quasi-experimental design and causal inference

  • Expertise in elements of pilot design, including survey designs, sampling, and statistical power

  • Expertise and interest in development economics and updates in the field

  • Strong skills in statistical programming in STATA and/or R

  • Interest in applied research in development policy, specifically cash transfer policies

  • Demonstrated experience as research assistant or comparable experience in pilot design and implementation

  • Time commitment: approximately 15 hours a week

  • Attendance: one to two times weekly, at meetings in our Manhattan office.

  • Confidentiality: as needed


  • A stipend of $15,000, paid in semi-monthly installments of $1,250

  • The possibility of coauthoring research papers or publishing whitepapers

  • Opportunities to meet with leading scholars and policy experts


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