Stanford grad-school workshop for under-represented groups

Stanford GSB launches 2-day program targeted at undergrads interested in doctoral programs in business/soc sci fields, to promote diversity and broaden access to info/career guidance. Diversity broadly defined, incl gender, application info here:


Morgan Stanley Playbook

Morgan Stanley shared a playbook for life and money covering topics such as figuring out the next step after college and determining whether grad school is right for you.


2018 PhD Excellence Initiative

THE PH.D. EXCELLENCE INITIATIVE, supported through a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, identifies high-achieving college graduates of color (or graduating seniors) who have a passion for economics and prepares them for the rigors of top-tier Ph.D. programs within the discipline. The Initiative positions these high achievers for further success in academia through its focus on research excellence, writing for publication, and peer networking and support. A high degree of one-on-one mentoring (working closely with Peter Blair Henry) is also a hallmark of the Initiative.


Description and Instructions for Application (PDF)


California Policy Lab Research Opportunity (Berkeley)

I am searching for several full-time predoctoral researchers to work on a range of projects with me and with the California Policy Lab, a new initiative at UC Berkeley and UCLA that supports research partnerships between university academics and California state and local government, focused on the analysis of administrative data.


One position will be working directly for me on my projects in education economics (elementary/secondary and postsecondary) and labor markets (unemployment insurance, tax policy, etc.). This is a temporary, one year position, located within the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at Berkeley. It would be ideal for a new BA or MPP, with some Stata skills, who is considering pursuing a Ph.D. but is not ready to start yet. This position is posted here; that link also has application instructions.


The other two positions are with the California Policy Lab (CPL). One will focus on data preparation and econometric analysis, and will be suitable for a very similar candidate as the position above. The other will be for a data analyst, involving implementing fuzzy matching, SQL, data extraction using Python, and so on. This position would be suitable for a candidate with a computer science or data science background. Both positions will work on a range of CPL projects in education, social safety nets, and criminal justice, under my supervision and that of CPL’s faculty affiliates


The two CPL positions will be posted soon at this link. In the meantime, interested candidates should e-mail me directly.


Jesse Rothstein

Professor of Public Policy and Economics

Director, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment

University of California, Berkeley


Phone: (510) 495-0646

PhD Program at UC Irvine!


Ranked #24 among all public economics programs in the country (U.S. News & World Report), the University of California, Irvine graduate program in economics offers students 5 years of guaranteed funding.

Scholars in the department have a proven track record of earning competitive research funding from national agencies, including the National Science Foundation, Army Office of Research, and U.S. Department of Agriculture; from private foundations including the Russell Sage Foundation and Arnold Foundation; and from campus-level fellowships, such as the Public Impact, Fletcher Jones and Chancellor’s Club fellowships.

The department has achieved national stature by attracting well-known senior scholars to its faculty and through the advancement of a host of young economists who have achieved national prominence.

According to Academic Analytics data, UCI economics ranks 7th among all economics departments in articles published per faculty. The department ranks 8th in total number of articles published, and UCI economists produce 1.8% of all articles in the discipline, ranking 11th among institutions, with only 1% of the discipline’s faculty. And graduate students have incredible opportunities to publish alongside these world-renowned faculty.

And if that wasn’t enough, the UCI campus is located less than 10 miles from Newport Beach, is the #1 university committed to economic diversity and upward mobility (The New York Times College Access Index), and the #9 ranked public university in the U.S.(U.S. News & World Report).

The department has 28 permanent faculty members with research and teaching interests that span a broad range of fields. In addition to strengths in micro theory, macroeconomics and econometrics (Bayesian and classical), the department has expertise in many applied fields, including:

  • Economic history
  • Industrial organization
  • International economics
  • Labor economics
  • Public choice
  • Public finance
  • Transportation economics
  • Urban economics

UCI economists pursue research with real-world policy impacts in areas including minimum wage debate, California policy toward enterprise zones, regulation of airline alliances, California high-speed rail demand forecasts, and public health. And students have an opportunity to earn a master’s degree while in pursuit of their Ph.D.

Graduate students from UCI’s economics program have gone on to work in high-tech startups, research consultancy companies, government offices, and in professorial posts around the world. A quick sampling of recent placements:

  • Amazon
  • U.S. Census Bureau
  • Clemson University
  • U.S. Federal Reserve
  • Office of the Comptroller of Currency
  • Purdue University
  • SUNY Buffalo
  • Tulane University
  • University of Oklahoma
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury

If full funding, opportunities to publish and a proven track record of excellence in the field are what your mentees are looking for in a graduate program, have them contact us today to learn more about UCI economics.

UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management – Open House is 11/03/17 – Register Today!

It’s not too late to register today! The Bren School Open House affords prospective students the opportunity to tour Bren Hall and hear from students, staff and faculty about our graduate programs. View the tentative schedule here.

Friday, November 3, 2017
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m
Bren Hall, UC Santa Barbara

Click the link below to take the next step in your academic or professional career.


RA positions in Stanford and Washington DC for 2017-18 (deadline to apply: March 1)

John Friedman, Nathaniel Hendren, and Raj Chetty are looking to hire several students for their Equality of Opportunity Project pre-doctoral fellows program. These positions will be based either at Stanford or in Washington DC for academic year 2016-17.

They are looking for students to work with them for 1-2 years after they graduate from college (or a Masters program). In addition to working closely with them as research assistants, the pre-doctoral fellows typically co-author papers with other students or faculty. The program thus serves as a good bridge between college and graduate school for students interested in applied microeconomics.

Further details and application instructions are available in the attached document or this website.

They are accepting applications until March 1, 2017.