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Undergraduate Research Assistants 

The Global Poverty Research Lab (GPRL) is hiring several undergraduate Research Assistants to help conduct a series of literature reviews at the intersection of entrepreneurship, gender, and/or economic development. Tasks will include one or more of the following: searching for literature, coding articles and extracting statistics, and data management and analysis. Participating students will have the opportunity to gain familiarity with the literature, development economics research methods, systematic review/meta-analysis research methods, and policy analysis. Candidates should be proficient at reading quantitative economic articles, identifying research designs and main findings, and interpreting statistical analyses.


If you are interested in the position, please email Andre Nickow ( a resume/CV, unofficial transcript, and a brief statement of a few sentences or short paragraph about your interest in development.


The Global Poverty Research Lab hires a select number of undergraduate research assistants during the academic year. These are part-time paid positions. Undergrad RAs help with basic data clean-up, analysis, and other data-related tasks. To be eligible students should be enrolled at Northwestern, possess technical skills in statistics, econometrics, and Stata, and have some knowledge and interest in development economics or applied economics.  Openings are usually posted in Econ Lab.  If you are interested in being an undergrad RA email

Recent Undergrad RAs on their experience working for GPRL:

John Ma works on the Ghana Socioeconomic Panel Survey Mapping Project which works to integrate socioeconomic and geographical data from the Ghana Panel Survey and analyze spatial patterns of households and communities in Ghana. He mainly works on cleaning and analyzing the household and community level data from the survey.

“I really enjoy working to analyze and understand the Ghana Panel Survey in the Lab. I have learned a great deal about statistical programming and development economics by working with Professor Udry, Andre, and my teammates. My RA experience has definitely made me more capable of conducting data analysis and more determined to pursue economics research in the future.”

Adrian Lafont-Mueller (Class of 2020) assisted with the launch of a new panel survey in the Philippines. While working on this project he compiled information from surveys that the Philippine government operates, statistics that they publish, and data about the regions of focus for this survey (Panay and Negros Occidental) in order to understand what the conditions are like there.

“Working at the GPRL has been a very formative experience of my undergraduate career. Besides greatly improving my technical skills and exploring how the economics I’ve learned in the classroom is applied in the real world, the work environment has been supportive and flexible in giving me projects that I’m genuinely interested in. This was super helpful in leading me to a career path I’m genuinely passionate about and excited to continue working in.”

Study abroad in Ghana
: The Department of Economics and the Global Poverty Research Lab offer a study abroad opportunity for Northwestern undergraduates at the University of Ghana – Legon each fall quarter. What makes this opportunity unique is that students will be matched with a University of Ghana faculty member in order to conduct independent research on a project involving economic development.

  • Research: Students will be matched with a faculty member to perform data analysis in Stata on one of the faculty member’s current projects. Potential topics include health, environment, labor markets, small enterprises, agriculture, and poverty and migration.
  • Internship Opportunity: Students will have the opportunity to extend their time in Ghana by continuing their independent research with a related internship.

2025 Application deadline: September 10th, 2024

Application Information: NU Global Learning Website- Ghana Study Abroad

Zachary, Class of 2020, Economics, recently completed the internship opportunity in Ghana and says this about his time there:  
"It was an amazing experience to learn more about Ghana through researching with a distinguished professor at one of the best universities in Africa. The things I learned regarding the research process have helped me in interviews more than I ever would have imagined. Try to be as involved with the data collection/cleaning process as much as possible." 

If you are interested in learning more, please email

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