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Jobs and Opportunities

Our lab actively builds research infrastructure. This includes methodological work on survey design, data depository, electronic data collection tools, application development for staff management and behavior modification and big data tools/servers.

In addition to the the opportunities below, the China research cluster hosts visiting scholars and offers travel grants. Explore opportunities offered through the China cluster by visiting the China Cluster page.

Undergraduate Opportunities

Research assistant for Prof. Christopher Udry: Lab co-founder and King Professor of Economics Chris Udry is hiring an undergraduate research assistant (RA) beginning Winter 2019. Work will include data cleaning, management, and analysis for one or more development economics research projects focused on Ghana. The candidate should be proficient in Stata and should have a solid foundation in econometrics and strong, long-term interest in development economics. Experience with ArcGIS and/or Python preferred. Please contract Andre Nickow ( if interested.

Undergraduate research assistants: Each quarter, Lab-affiliated professors hire undergraduate research assistants to help with ongoing research analysis. Often, RAs will write Stata code that allows the research team to analyze large datasets collected from experiments in developing countries. RAs will also:

  • Improve Stata skills
  • Work with raw data from the field
  • Gain a deeper understanding of development economics
  • Learn directly from professors and development professionals

Go to the EconLab website to apply for current openings with Lab-affiliated professors, or email your CV at any time to Andre Nickow ( and we will keep it on file until the next opening.

Study abroad in Ghana: The Department of Economics and the Global Poverty Research Lab are pleased to announce a new study abroad opportunity for Northwestern undergraduates at the University of Ghana – Legon in fall quarter 2019. What makes this opportunity unique is that students will be matched with a University of Ghana faculty member in order to conduct independent research on a project involving economic development.  Highlights:

  • Research: Students will be matched with a faculty member to perform data analysis in Stata on one of the faculty member’s current projects. Potential topics include health, environment, labor markets, small enterprises, agriculture, and poverty and migration.
  • Internship Opportunity: Students will have the opportunity to extend their time in Ghana by continuing their independent research with a related internship.

The application deadline is February 10. Learn more.

Graduate OpportunitiesĀ 

Time-bound opportunities:

Stay tuned.

Rolling opportunities:

Graduate students can get involved with development economics throughout the year in two ways:

  1. Join the Development listserv by emailing Caitlin Rowe ( This listserv is used to advertise research opportunities on a rolling basis throughout the year.
  2. Email the Lab-affiliated professor with whom you are interested in working.

External Applicants

We are accepting applications for the following positions:

Opportunities for faculty members are coming soon. Please check this page later for details.