Research Associate

Lancaster University - Economics

The Department of Economics at Lancaster University invites applications for a Research Associate to work on an ESRC project concerned with the “Long Term Legacy of School Choice”. 

This is a project firmly in education economics and is highly quantitative in its approach. It is directed by Ian Walker and includes David Kang and Mat Weldon.

The postholder will be required to perform the following duties to the satisfaction of the Head of Department and the Project Director: (i) to maintain and further develop a webpage relating to school choice; (ii) to manage and organise the large and complex datasets that the project uses and conduct microeconometric analyses, including analysis of potentially disclosive data that needs to be conducted elsewhere in the UK; (ii) to engage in research of a quality commensurate with publication in leading international economics journals; (iii) to co-author and be willing to travel disseminate and present the research at national and international conferences and workshops; (iv) to participate in project events (seminars/workshops/conferences) and be actively involved with the Department research activities as a whole.

The successful applicant must have a PhD (or be close to submission) in economics/econometrics/statistics with content that includes education, labour, or health economics. Prior econometric modelling and programming experience is essential as is experience of using panel data modelling methods and the application of causal estimation methods. Also essential is the ability to use key statistical languages - either R or STATA. It would be desirable to have some knowledge of game theory, and behavioural economics, and have an understanding of mediation analysis. The successful applicant will join a successful team of researchers embedded in a wider group with a long history of research in education economics. The Department of Economics has a strong identity within one of the UK’s most successful Management Schools. 

This post is for a fixed-term period of 18 months, from January 1st 2018.

Applicants should complete an application form and include a cover letter, CV, and a research paper. Two letters of reference should be emailed to Caren Wareing

For further information, please contact Professor Ian Walker (e-mail:

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

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