Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow - Development Economics: Tax Evasion, Public Procurement and Firm Development - University of Zurich (Pomeranz)

  • Switzerland
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
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Length of Commitment:
Two years

Dave Donaldson (MIT), Paul Carrillo (GWU), Dina Pomeranz (University of Zurich), Juan Carlos Suárez-Serrato (Duke University), Monica Singhal (UC Davis) and Gabriel Zucman (UC Berkeley) are looking for two full-time research assistants to work on several projects in development economics. Topics range from tax evasion and public procurement to firm development. The projects involve the analysis of exciting, large-scale network datasets including the transactions between all formal firms in the entire country of Ecuador and tax data on intra-group payments carried out by multinational firms operating in Chile.

What is the research about?

The successful candidate will contribute centrally to a number of research projects that draw on a novel datasets to shed light on

  1. The challenges of auditing public procurement
  2. Profit shifting by multinational firms for tax avoidance
  3. The impact of public procurement on firm development          

What is the research assistant’s role?

We expect to involve the candidate in all stages of research – brainstorming, literature reviews, model building, data analysis in Stata, data processing, data visualization and writing.


The position would be ideal for a recent graduate who is interested in going on to do a PhD in Economics or a related field. The candidate must possess (at the time of starting) a Masters or Bachelor’s degree with excellent grades in Economics or another quantitative field (such as, but not limited to, Biology, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, or Physics). Candidates need experience with Stata. Knowledge of other statistical programs such as R or Python is welcome.

We are looking for a person who enjoys independent problem-solving and thrives on taking high-level directional advice and then running with this advice as far as possible. The ideal candidate has a desire to understand the social world around them and possesses a thirst for answering research questions about international development, taxation, and/or firm behavior.

No work permit is required, as we will endeavor to obtain an employment visa for the candidate if required.

How to Apply

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select "Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow - Development Economics: Tax Evasion, Public Procurement and Firm Development - University of Zurich (Pomeranz)” and include resume, cover letter, transcripts, and two recommendation letters. Note that applications with incomplete submissions will not be considered.

You are able to submit your application before your references complete their recommendation letters; however, you must include their contact information before submitting your application. Given the volume of applications received, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.