Research Assistants

The Department of Economics offers the opportunity to undergraduate students to take part in faculty research. Students can gain extra-curricular experience working as research assistants under the general direction and supervision of a professor.

The table below shows a listing of current research opportunities. All interested students must prepare a resume indicating their skills (analytical, statistical, writing, etc.), relevant completed courses, and preferred area of research.  Please submit via email directly to the faculty member whom you are requesting to assist.  Students are also welcome to connect with faculty not on the below list regarding assisting with their current research.

Interested in receiving funding for your research?  Check out the SHARE Award.


Professor Research Topic Job Duty Required Skills Compensation
Baggio, Michele
This opportunity is targeted for honors students. The student will help gather and analyze literature and data with the objective to investigate the role of public policy as a potential determinant of physical activity for younger/older individuals.
Gathering and summarizing existing literature on the determinants of physical activity. Collecting data and working with data on time use in the US. Ability to work independently and deliver outcomes efficiently and in a timely fashion. The student should have solid analytical and writing skills. Advanced knowledge of STATA. Independent course credit
Metin Cosgel The overall project will be a quantitative economic analysis of the Ottoman system of judicial rotation. We will identify the personal characteristics and geographic coordinates of the locations of judges appointed by the Ottoman central administration and use GIS software to track their rotation patterns throughout eastern Europe and the Middle East. Research assistance will be required to calculate the travel cost/distance among these locations using historical maps and trade routes. To identify cities on historical trade routes and calculate the travel distance among some cities in Europe and the Middle East


Independent course credit
Harmon, Oskar Growth, volatility, and equity of state revenue sources over post war business cycles. Assemble a panel data and data analysis Analytical and statistical Independent course credit
Prakash, Nishith Social ties and bureaucratic corruption. In this project we will study the impact of social ties and growth in assets of bureaucrats in India. We proxy for corruption using growth in asset over time. Assemble a panel data and data analysis Excel Independent course credit