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Fellowship responsibilities span all stages of research, including managing projects, collecting and analyzing data, creating presentations, and editing manuscripts. The research involves using quasi-experimental methods and globally comprehensive data to analyze climate and energy data. In addition to working closely with faculty as research assistants, pre-doctoral fellows typically attend classes and seminars at EPIC, the University of Chicago, and affiliate institutions.

Applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree by June of the year they are applying, and have strong quantitative and programming skills. Candidates with research experience are strongly preferred, especially those with experience in Stata, R, Python or Matlab. The ideal candidate would begin in June and work for EPIC for one or two years before applying to graduate school in Economics or another quantitative social science. EPIC offers a competitive salary and employee benefits.

Applications for pre-doctoral fellowships are reviewed in fall and winter cycles. The fall deadline is in mid-November, with final decisions made in mid-December. The winter deadline is the beginning of March, with final decisions made around toward the end of March.

Current Opportunities
  • Successful candidates will report to Koichiro Ito, Associate Professor at University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. Research projects will focus on evaluating various energy and environmental policies in the US, Japan, China, India, Chile, and other countries by using a variety of methods such as randomized controlled trials, quasi-experimental research design, and structural estimation.

    Applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree by June 2023 and have strong quantitative and programming skills. Candidates with research experience are strongly preferred, especially those with experience in Stata, R, Python or Matlab. The ideal candidate would begin on July 1, 2023 and work for EPIC for one or two years before applying to graduate school in Economics or another quantitative social science. EPIC offers competitive salary and employee benefits.

    Responsibilities

    • Under limited direction, performs complex lab and/or research-related duties and tasks;
    • Collects, records and analyzes data;
    • Conducts literature reviews;
    • Participates in writing reports and manuscripts;
    • Ensures compliance with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives, and mandates;
    • Trains and oversees the work of research support personnel;
    • Transcribing and coding data; developing data collection instruments;
    • Presenting research findings at staff meetings, seminars, and scientific conferences;
    • Assisting with building databases;
    • Recruiting and scheduling research subjects.

    Koichiro Ito is an Associate Professor at Harris School of Public Policy at University of Chicago. He received a BA from Kyoto University, an MA from University of British Columbia, and a PhD from UC Berkeley. Prior to joining University of Chicago, he was a SIEPR Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University and an Assistant Professor at Boston University.

    His research interests lie at the intersection of environmental and energy economics, industrial organization, and public economics. These include analyses of how consumers respond to nonlinear pricing, dynamic pricing, and rebate programs in electricity markets, how intrinsic and extrinsic motivation affects their economics decisions, how firms strategically react to attribute-based regulation such as fuel economy standards, how firms respond to dynamic incentives in sequential forward markets in wholesale electricity markets, and how much people in China value air quality. His research uses a variety of methods including randomized controlled trials, quasi-experimental designs, and structural estimation to address policy relevant questions in energy and environmental economics.

    He is a recipient of the Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities and the Nikkei Prize for his book, The Power of Data Analysis: How to Approach Causality, published by Kobunsha in April 2017. The original book was published in Japanese and then has been translated to Korean and Taiwanees.

    Professor Ito is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Faculty Affiliate at the E2e Project, a Faculty Fellow at Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, a Fellow at the International Growth Centre, a Research Fellow at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, and a Research Fellow at the Graduate School of Economics at Kyoto University.

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  • Successful candidates will report to Shaoda Wang, Assistant Professor at University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. The job will entail close collaboration on a number of new and ongoing projects in development economics, environmental economics, and political economy. Most of these projects will be on China, and will use large administrative datasets. Job responsibilities span all stages of research, including managing projects, collecting and analyzing data, creating presentations, and editing manuscripts.  The predoc will work closely with Shaoda Wang and his collaborators from various other institutions, including Harvard, HKU, Northwestern, Berkeley, Princeton, and Duke.

    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

    Shaoda Wang is an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). He also serves as the deputy faculty director of the Energy Policy Institute at UChicago, China center (EPIC-China). His research interests span the fields of development economics, environmental economics, and political economy. His main research agenda aims at understanding the political economy of public policy, with a regional focus on China. He hold a BA from Peking University, and a PhD from UC Berkeley. Prior to joining Harris, he was a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Economics and Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC).

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