Elizabeth Linos, Professor

Closed (1) Diversity, Decision-Making and Motivation at Work

Applications for Spring 2019 are now closed for this project.

This project will involve doing data analysis and running field experiments with government agencies and companies about how to improve recruitment, retention and motivation of employees.

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.


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

Closed (2) Diversity and Inclusion in Public Service Delivery

Applications for Spring 2019 are now closed for this project.

Many state and local governments are trying to improve how they deliver services to residents, with a focus on racial justice and equity. This project will involve working with local governments to design and evaluate race and equity strategies aimed at improving how services are delivered.

Specific questions may include: how can we measure whether foster care children are getting equal treatment by race or gender? How can we evaluate the impact of implicit bias training and other training programs aimed at improving service delivery?

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 race and equity strategies, implicit bias training, and decision-making
- Cleaning and analyzing administrative data in STATA;
- Writing and editing policy briefs and grant applications;
- Supporting the project as needed.


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