Michael Kremer (Harvard) and Gautam Rao (Harvard) are hiring a Research Associate to manage a field experiment in Kenya. The project applies insights from behavioral economics to study financial decision making. In partnership with a local financial institution, the experiment will explore the psychology behind how individuals respond to different financing contracts.

The Research Associate will manage the day-to-day operations of the study, including implementation of the interventions and data collection. This role will require both management and research skills, as well as flexibility and organization.The Research Associate must balance strong leadership to keep the project moving forward, while also monitoring the progress through data analysis and checks. Close attention to detail and perseverance are required when facing the dynamic challenges that may arise as the study progresses.

You will be in constant contact with the Principle Investigators, but they will only visit the site on occasion. Project-related decisions often need to be made in a timely and independent manner. The successful Research Associate will think through such decisions carefully, but then decisively move forward with a plan of action.

  • Management responsibilities:
    • Overseeing staff,
    • Maintaining a relationship with the partner organization, and
    • Data systems management.
  • Research responsibilities
    • Ensuring adherence to the research design,
    • Monitoring data quality, and
    • Supporting data analysis as needed.

• A Bachelor’s or Master’s (preferred) degree in economics or other related social sciences with substantial quantitative work
• Excellent academic record from a top-tier university
• Fluency with at least one statistical programming software (Stata preferred)
• Strong organizational skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills required
• Familiarity with randomized control trials
• Interest in behavioral economics; some training or experience in behavioral economics preferred
• Previous experience in developing countries, specifically East Africa, is a strong plus
• Fluency in English is required

Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Research Associate, Asset Collateralization & Endowment Effects”.  Most applications for research positions require you to include at minimum two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose (cover letter), CV, and transcripts.

Note that you are able to submit your application before your references complete their recommendation letters; however, you must include their contact information before submitting your application.

Given the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

About IPA 

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA brings together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor. In recent decades, trillions of dollars have been spent on programs designed to reduce global poverty, but clear evidence on which programs succeed is rare, and when evidence does exist, decision-makers often do not know about it. IPA exists to bring together leading researchers and these decision-makers to ensure that the evidence we create leads to tangible impact on the world. Since its founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 575 leading academics to conduct over 650 evaluations in 51 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 


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** Please note that only qualified applicants will be contacted by the hiring manager.