Research Assistant, The Altruistic Capital Lab, STICERD

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The Altruistic Capital Lab, STICERD

Research Assistant


Salary: £31,029- £35,635 pa inclusive, with potential to progress to £38,283 pa inclusive


Fixed-term for 12 months initially, with possibility of extension (subject to funding). The post is expected to commence in early Summer 2022.


Professor Nava Ashraf, Professor of Economics in the LSE Department of Economics, and Professor Oriana Bandiera, Sir Anthony Atkinson Chair in Economics, are seeking two Predoctoral Research Assistants for the academic year 2022-23 to join the Altruistic Capital Lab in STICERD. Our current work uses frontier methods to conduct research with organizations in employee motivation, education, and health. We are looking for individuals who are motivated by real world problems and capable of solving them using state-of-the-art statistical econometric techniques.


Ongoing projects include (i) a field experiment embedded in a multinational bank, investigating the diffusion and adoption of prosocial behaviour across the organisation using network theory; (ii) an evaluation of the productivity effects of a multinational rollout of reflective, purpose-orienting workshops; (iii) the design and evaluation of a private-sector led intervention aimed at overcoming behavioural barriers to reskilling amongst blue-collar workers and (iv) a multinational structural estimation exercise quantifying the relationship between labor force participation, the gender pay gap and what it implies about selection patterns,  by gender, globally. Current projects are either multinational, or focused in the UK, Zambia, Uganda, and Colombia. Our projects leverage a unique model of  co-generation of knowledge in close collaboration with field partners e.g., government agencies, NGOs, philanthropic organisations and for-profit firms.


This role is, ultimately, intended to serve as a bridge into a PhD. You will be exposed to all stages of research production, and will be carrying out data analysis, literature reviews, project management and field work. Applicants will have completed by the post start date a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) and/or Master’s degree in economics or other related discipline with substantial quantitative work. You must have strong quantitative and data analysis skills, fluency with at least one statistical programming software (Stata preferred), a good understanding of randomised controlled trials, excellent organisational and planning skills, strong grasp of current research in development and/or behavioural economics, fluency in written and spoken English, and the ability to convey complex technical information in a clear and accurate manner. The chosen candidate should be adept at partnership management, given our close collaborations with large organisations. You will have the ability to work under pressure and to multiple deadlines, as well as a high level of initiative and self-motivation.


We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.



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The closing date for receipt of applications is 15 May 2022 (23.55 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.