I am looking for a graduate research assistant to help me on my projects. An interest in development economics and/or household economics would be an advantage and the same would a good working knowledge of Stata. The expected hours requirement will be between 10 and 20 hours a week, although this is flexible and depends on the RA's exam schedule, etc. I am currently working on the following projects:
- "Risk and Household Structure: Another Look at the Determinants of Fertility." This paper examines whether parents choose higher fertility in areas where there is higher risks of natural diasters. The hypothesis is that children can serve as incomplete substitute of formal insurance mechanism. I am using data from Guatemala for this study.
- "Inefficient Household Decisions? Evidence from Participation in Adult Literacy Programs." The aim of this project, which has not begun yet, is to examine why a large share of the participants in adult literacy programs in Ghana are from households where I found no significant positive effect of participation. The hypothesis is that participation is a way of improving one's standing within the household, even though there is no impact on the total consumption of the household.
- "The Demand for Sex Selective Abortion." Since direct information on the use of sex selective abortion in not available in India, I am developing two methods for indirectly estimating what drives the demand for sex selective abortion. The data I am using are from the two rounds of the Indian National Family and Health Survey, which are large scale DHS type surveys.
If you are interested, you are more than welcome to send me an email or come by my office (Savery Hall M237).