Applications will be accepted from
February 5th through March 14th, 2014
The Consumer Payments Research Center (CPRC) of the Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston is seeking a Ph.D. graduate student who might benefit from the opportunity to take an active role in economic research and policy analysis on household finance as part of our Research Assistant Program. We are seeking students with strong theoretical and econometric training and experience plus research interests in one or more relevant fields (below). The graduate research associate will work closely with the CPRC’s team of economists, statisticians, survey methodologists, analysts and other research assistants. Work assignments include planning and conducting research and policy work using the CPRC’s annual Survey of Consumer Payment Choice (SCPC), the new Diary of Consumer Payment Choice, and other related data. Opportunities may be available to develop new surveys and experiments as well. Research conducted during this assistantship may be used for the candidate’s dissertation requirements.
The graduate research associate position is available starting in the summer of 2014 and is part-time (20 hours per week, flexible schedule). It requires a commitment of one year, but two or more years are preferred. The ideal candidate will have completed two years of graduate study in economics or statistics and be working on a doctoral dissertation, preferably on a subject related to the mission and purpose of the CPRC and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
The graduate research assistant is expected to perform two tasks: 1) complete assignments related to the analysis and development of CPRC data products; and 2) contribute to high-quality research papers for the Boston Fed’s publications and acceptance in professional journals. Research developed and conducted by the graduate research assistant may be used as part of a doctoral dissertation, and the assistant will have full access to unpublished and proprietary CPRC data. Research on the economics of consumer payment choice will complement, extend, or expand the CPRC’s prior research publications. Research on data production may include testing the design and implementation of survey questionnaires, designing and evaluating sampling methodologies, evaluating the success of economic measurement, and developing procedures for data analysis and imputation.
The candidate also will be encouraged to develop self-directed research topics that have clear spillover benefits to the CPRC research and policy program.
We are seeking a self-motivated individual with demonstrated analytical and quantitative skills. Specifically, applicants should:
Reminder, applications will be accepted starting February 5th until March 14th, 2014 and only via the website. Please do not email application materials. Thank you.