Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Who We Are:
EPoD India at LEAD at Krea University, in collaboration with Yale University’s Economic Growth Center and MacMillan Center, work together to use economic frameworks and analytical tools to answer pressing policy questions and spur real-world change. We partner with policymakers to understand challenges to achieving policy objectives, design and test interventions, and share applicable insights from economic theory and empirics to more effectively deliver public services and improve the well-being of vulnerable groups. Current areas of research include gender and economic engagement (labor markets, technology, and financial inclusion); environmental policy, and governance.
EPoD India, in partnership with its host institution, LEAD at Krea University, is currently seeking a Research Associate to support a field-based project in Bihar while being based out of Patna. Further details on the project are outlined below.
The position requires a self-starting candidate who can conduct in-depth interviews and scoping activities, manage field activities and coordinate with field staff for the execution of surveys and randomized control trials (RCTs), and support with high quality cleaning and rigorous analysis of both primary and secondary data. The selected candidate will have the opportunity to join a team of leading economists and public policy experts from Yale University and EPoD India at LEAD to work on cutting-edge development research and gain first-hand experience working with policy partners, implementing surveys and field experiments, and conducting rigorous data analysis.
About the project:
EPoD India is undertaking a study that aims to introduce a cross-randomized intervention in a subset of our original RCT in Bihar localities to ask whether providing information directly to local elected officials, who have strong electoral incentives for the MGNREGA program to function well locally, can further reduce wage payment delays. This could occur by influencing the sub-steps in the payment process over which the officials have direct purview and via impacts on the bureaucrats charged with wage payment processing. The study will focus on whether leveraging local electoral accountability can enhance bureaucratic effectiveness, and the relative importance of each in the context of MGNREGA wage payment processing and implementation.