The Jain Family Institute

Economics Research Fellow


Economics Research Fellow

New York // Part Time // Research 


The Jain Family Institute is seeking a graduate research fellow in economics to support our work exploring alternative forms of social and sovereign wealth funds with an emphasis on sources of funding (carbon tax, taxes on wealth and inheritance, debt-financing) and transfer payments (earned and unearned income benefits, conditional and unconditional cash transfers).  

JFI is an applied social science research organization. Our work investigates and influences the structural forces that affect the way people live, work, and learn. Our interdisciplinary team collaborates with industry, government, and academia to pilot scalable, high-impact interventions.

The ideal candidate has experience with research in the fields of macroeconomics, public finance, and labor economics.


The research fellow will join a small team of practitioners with backgrounds in economics, public policy, data science, education policy, finance, and philosophy and will work closely with JFI’s Executive Director to conduct and publish research relevant to our Social Wealth Funds (SocWF) research. 

The fellow's tasks will include:

  • reviewing and aggregating literature relevant to the topic
  • collaborating in the design of a unique piece of  SocWF research, and leading its development and delivery
  • writing and publishing brief updates and/or perspective pieces relevant to this project
  • discussing aspects of this project with specialists in other disciplines

The fellowship carries a stipend of $15,000 for a commitment of approximately 25 hours per week over six months; dependent upon success of the project, this may be extended a further six months. Those interested should send:

Selected candidates will be invited to an in-person interview in our Manhattan office April and May.



  • Strong background and interest in macroeconomics, labor economics and macro-econometric modeling
  • Excellent quantitative skills with a passion for developing and enhancing research models.
  • Familiarity with statistical applications (R/Python preferred)
  • A love of rigorous research and reasoned debate


  • Some background in political science, political economy, psychology, or behavioral science
  • Demonstrated experience as research assistant or comparable experience in applied research

  • Time: approximately 20-25 hours a week
  • Attendance: two to three times weekly at research meetings and presentations at our Manhattan office
  • Confidentiality: as needed


  • A six-month stipend of $15,000, paid in monthly installments of $2,500
  • The possibility of coauthoring research papers or publishing whitepapers through JFI
  • Opportunities to meet with leading scholars, policy experts, and business leaders


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