Research Analysts

The Lowe Institute of Political Economy is seeking research assistants (RAs) with an interest in applied economic analysis. RAs will be assigned to a variety of tasks and topics. Some will work individually with professors on the professor’s project. Others will work in a team on a local policy project under the guidance of Professor Manfred Keil. Still others will work in a research group with Lowe Director Cameron Shelton. Assignments may be fluid.

Responsibilities include:

  • Refinement of questions and generation of hypotheses
  • Data acquisition, cleaning, and organization
  • Statistical analysis
  • Visual and written presentation of results
  • Weekly meetings with Professors and other research group members


  • An interest in using data to answer questions of relevance to academia, business, and policy.
  • Successful completion of Econ 50. Further courses in economics and government are encouraged, especially statistical analysis (Econ 120, Econ 125, Gov 55)
  • Willingness to tackle open ended assignments while understanding when to seek guidance.

Allowed School Years: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Allowed Majors: All

Work Authorization requirements: US work authorization required

Pay: $11.00 – $13.00/hour

Duration: temporary/seasonal

Hours:  5-10 hours/week during the academic year; up to 40 hours/week during summer.

Applicants should complete and submit through the portal below one PDF file with the follow items: 1) the application below;  2) cover letter; 3) resume; 4) a one-page, analytical, writing sample; 5) unofficial transcript.

Fall applications due: October 1, 2017

Lowe Institute RA Application (pdf)