Research Coordinator, Behavior Change for Good Initiative, Wharton
5 days left
- Full Time
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Job Description Summary
The Behavior Change for Good Initiative (BCFG) at the University of Pennsylvania is led by Professors Katherine Milkman, Angela Duckworth and an interdisciplinary team of 125 world-renowned economists, computer scientists, doctors, and psychologists. BCFG specializes in conducting large-scale field experiments designed to promote sustained behavior change. We have formed partnerships with some of the world's largest organizations to reach millions of their customers and students. Learn more about BCFG at bcfg.upenn.edu or through this Freakonomics podcast describing BCFG's founding vision: http://tinyurl.com/bcfg2017.
This position is ideal for individuals interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in economics or applied economics in a business school and who are seeking to gain more research experience before applying to graduate programs. The Research Coordinator will support the work of our team scientists and will work particularly closely with Professors Katherine Milkman, Shlomo Benartzi, John Beshears, Colin Camerer, and Angela Duckworth. The Research Coordinator will work on the analysis of field data from a wide variety of settings and assist with the implementation and management of field experiments on behavior change.
This position is contingent upon continued funding.
Examples of the type of research the Research Coordinator will support include:
- https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jofi.12258 (The Effect of Providing Peer Information on Retirement Savings Decisions)
- https://pubsonline.informs.org/doi/abs/10.1287/mnsc.2020.3706 (Creating Exercise Habits Using Incentives: The Trade-off Between Flexibility and Routinization)
- https://www.pnas.org/content/108/26/10415 (Using Implementation Intentions Prompts to Enhance Influenza Vaccination Rates)
Bachelor's degree with 1-2 years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. A background in Economics, Computer Science, Data Science, Mathematics, Behavioral Economics, or Behavioral Science is preferred. The ideal candidate will have taken classes on econometrics and be proficient in either STATA or R, and comfortable working on UNIX servers. The start date for this position is June 2021.
Please submit a resume and cover letter for consideration..
Office, library, computer room
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$36,401.00 - $65,521.00
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