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Harvard University Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Economic History and Quantitative Methods (Prof Goldin) in Cambridge, Massachusetts


Title Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Economic History and Quantitative Methods (Prof Goldin)

School Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Position Description

Research in Economic History and Quantitative Methods is seeking a dedicated, highly intelligent pre-doc to spend 2024/25 exploring topics that include the history of women’s employment, changes in the fertility rate, time allocation, public opinion polls, and women’s rights legislation across US history and comparatively. The pre-doc will use large data sets, as well as historical documents and will summarize literature on various topics.

The Pre-doctoral Fellow will work closely with Professor Claudia Goldin in the Department of Economics at Harvard University. The position is perfect for someone who majored in economics or a related discipline (or is currently doing so) and would like to continue to graduate school. The position is for one-year but may be renewable for another year.

*The position is fully paid, and a visa can be arranged.

Basic Qualifications

  1. At least a BA (or expectation of one by June 2024) in economics or a related field.

  2. Employment must be on-site in Cambridge MA (office space will be assigned). Position could be for one semester (Fall or Spring) but is ideally for the year.

  3. Excellent coding skills in STATA (or R); Python is useful.

  4. Ability to sort through large amounts of material to find data and other relevant information; logical and economic thinking regarding labor markets and history.

    Additional Qualifications

    Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Cover letter, including:
  • Your interest in the position and in historical aspects of women’s evolving economic role;

  • Start and ends dates that you would be able to fill the position.

  • Familiarity with programming languages, particularly with STATA or R;

  • If you have any prior experience as a research assistant and/or with independent research projects;

  • Names and e-mail addresses of 2-3 references. Please ask references whether they agree to be contacted.

  1. A current CV that includes your education, field of study and undergraduate (and graduate if relevant) transcripts (unofficial ones are fine).

  2. A writing sample, if available. You can link to one.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Short-listed applicants will be asked for an interview and to complete a short exercise.

Contact Information

Shree Manari

Contact Email

Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required 2

Maximum Number of References Allowed 3


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