The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) seeks two postdoctoral scholars with PhDs in economics, public health, epidemiology, public policy, statistics, or a related field to build a database of randomized evaluations that are strong candidates for long-term follow-up. CEGA will give preference to candidates with expertise in one of two initial focus areas: child health or cash transfers.
Under the mentorship of a faculty lead (TBN) and CEGA Faculty Director Ted Miguel, postdocs will review all published RCTs in their area of focus (either child health or cash transfers) conducted roughly 10-20 years ago. For each study, he or she will assess:
- the logistical feasibility of tracking original study respondents,
- the sample required to detect statistically significant changes in outcomes, and
- the estimated cost of obtaining high-quality follow-up data.
For those projects that show promise for long-term evaluation, postdocs will be responsible for developing detailed follow-up plans. This component of the project will require expertise in research design, econometric methodology and survey data design. In addition to working with survey data and interviewing principal investigators, exploratory fieldwork may be necessary to confirm the feasibility of tracking original survey respondents.
Ideally, postdocs will have an opportunity to collaborate on any long-term impact evaluations that emerge from the exercise. We have already identified multiple donors interested in funding this work.
Both positions are based in Berkeley, California (or another CEGA-affiliated campus) and have an initial commitment period of 18 months. Compensation is commensurate with experience.
To apply: please send brief cover letter, CV and contact information for two academic references to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Application for long-term IE postdoc”. Please include the subject heading; without it your email message might be lost. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
This project is supported by a GiveWell Incubation Grant.