Research Associate, Aston Business School

Birmingham, United Kingdom
29 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
27 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Aston Business School ranks among the top 100 universities worldwide in business and economics, according to the Times Higher Education 2016-2017 University Rankings. It is a Triple Accredited University (EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA) and is one of the leading Universities in the UK for academic research, excellent teaching and business engagement. In the recent REF we received 100% for Research Impact; 80% of our student complete a 12 month industrial placement and we are only one of three UK institutions with the Small Business Charter Gold Award.

Aston Business School and the Economics, Finance and Entrepreneurship Department hosts the UK Enterprise Research Centre and has just launched a Research Centre with Lloyds that will investigate the UK economy’s performance in relation to productivity and trade. We take teaching seriously as it supplements our research and helps to drive excellence. Very soon we will be introducing a flagship economics degree to complement our other Economics programmes.

The Research Associate will conduct an experimental or quasi-experimental evaluation of an employment match making project to analyze the impact of scaled-up Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) to generate the insight needed to assess whether these approaches should be continued and replicated in the context of the project (Jordan) or elsewhere. While the questions the project seeks to answer will be guided by the year 1 findings, the research approach aims to understand the causal impact of the activities and the mechanisms by which it works. Broadly, the research seeks to identify whether and how overcoming information asymmetries, implementing behavioral nudges, and changing financial incentives improves employment outcomes for refugees and Jordanians. The research will draw on both quantitative and qualitative methods to assess the impact of the activities as well as how they shape individual and collective behavior. A baseline survey will be completed prior to the scaling of the intervention and an end line survey will be completed after one year of implementation, accounting for differential effects in duration.

You will have a doctorate in a relevant academic discipline.

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