Elizabeth Linos, Professor

Closed (1) Diversity and Cognitive Bias at Work

Applications for Fall 2018 are now closed for this project.

This project will involve research with government agencies and companies about gender and racial diversity at work. Projects will explore the impact on the careers of women and people of color and how to minimize bias in the workplace.

What causes differences in decision-making and, ultimately, service delivery? How does diversity impact team performance? As a part of a team of behavioral scientists, public management scholars, and public policy graduate students, the undergraduate student in this position will contribute to one or multiple studies about the how workers (many in government) make decisions and the causal impact of workplace factors, such as burnout, on bias in decision-making. They will also help the team design and analyze “nudges”—small interventions meant to support workers and positively affect job outcomes.

Research assistants will have the opportunity to gain experience in behavioral economic theory and practice, randomized control trial (RCT) implementation, administrative data analysis, and academic research in public policy by participating in the following tasks:

- Conducting literature reviews related to burnout, behavioral interventions in the workplace;
- Cleaning and analyzing administrative data in STATA;
- Analyzing qualitative interview data;
- Writing and editing policy briefs and grant applications;
- Supporting the project as needed.


Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Anna Duning, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Applicants should have an interest in public policy, behavioral economics and/or randomized control trials. Experience conducting literature reviews and analyzing data in STATA is preferred.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated