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Research Professional at UChicago BFI | Eric Zwick

Location: Chicago, IL – Hyde Park Campus, Saieh Hall
Expected Start Date: January 2023
The work is intended for someone looking to gain research experience prior to applying for graduate school in economics or finance. We are working on several projects that combine quasi-experimental program evaluations of fiscal policy with quantitative heterogeneous agent models in which individuals and firms face financial and other frictions. We also hope to study the impact of fiscal support during the COVID-19 recovery on durables goods markets and the contribution of these policies to inflation as the US emerged from the pandemic. The person will work closely with Professor Zwick and his coauthors on these projects to develop the theory and empirics.
Additional Responsibilities
  • Collects and cleans data.
  • Analyzes data, using reduced form and structural methods.
  • Prepares literature reviews.
  • Prepares tables and figures for papers and presentations.
  • Writes, proofreads, and fact checks papers, reports, and presentations.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Unit-preferred Competencies
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines required.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail required.
  • Excellent data visualization ability preferred.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member required. 
Preferred Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree or above in economics, finance, computer science, mathematics, statistics, or physics. Some basic knowledge of economic dynamics is preferred.
  • Relevant research experience, especially with data, preferred
  • Experience with computational macro models a big plus
Technical Knowledge/Skills
  • Knowledge of Stata, JULIA, Python, MATLAB, and/or R required
  • Knowledge of LaTeX preferred
  • Knowledge of software productivity tools, e.g., github, task management a plus
Required Documents
  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Transcript (unofficial is ok)
  • Writing Sample (optional) 
About the Unit:
The Becker Friedman Institute for Economics (BFI) works with the Chicago Economics community to turn its evidence-based research into real-world impact. BFI takes a unique approach to bridging the divide between academic researchers and decision-makers in the business community and government by translating and packaging the rigorous work of the Chicago Economics community into accessible formats, and proactively sharing those findings with relevant decision-makers and thought leaders around the globe. BFI is a collaborative platform serving the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics, the Harris School of Public Policy, and the Law School. For more information visit and .
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