Research Associate - Paris area, CREST

Other advanced degree
Language Requirement 
Length of Commitment 
One year
Start Date 
September 02, 2019

J-PAL affiliate Pr. Bruno Crépon is hiring a Research Associate - CREST

Research projects:

The research assistant will participate in randomized controlled trials testing the impact of new

internet tools on the labor market. The French public employment service (Pôle Emploi) is currently

developing various online interactive tools targeting jobseekers, caseworkers and employers. The

projects in which the RA will participate would include 1/ the evaluation of a mobile application

targeting jobseekers that provides quick and easy access to localized information about the labor

market (local job opportunities, local wages, etc.) and 2/ the evaluation of an innovative

recommender algorithm of job ads to job-seekers based on job seekers’ stated preferences for job

attributes (occupation, wage, distance, etc.).

These projects are jointly conducted by the CREST (Palaiseau) under the supervision of Pr. Bruno

Crépon, and the Statistics Directorate of Pôle Emploi. The position is essentially based at CREST,

but we may spend one to two days per week at Pôle-Emploi (located in Paris 20) depending on the

progress of the projects.

Responsibilities would include:

• Assisting with the designing of the experimental strategy and with the execution of this


• Conducting reviews of relevant literature on promising labor market programs and cuttingedge statistical, machine learning and evaluation methods;

• Performing data cleaning procedures and preparing data sets for various kinds of statistical

analyses; Assisting with data analysis and preparation of results.


• Economics or statistics student (Master 1 or Master 2);

• Strong interest in labor economics and microeconometric evaluation of public policies;

• Advanced knowledge in data analysis, econometrics, machine learning. Experience with

statistical software (Stata, R, Python);

• Ability to work independently;

• Excellent communication and organization skills;

• Languages: French and English.

How to Apply

Send a CV, academic transcripts and a cover letter to Bruno Crépon ([email protected]) and Elia Pérennès ([email protected]).