University of Pennsylvania Professor Ioana Marinescu and Washington University-St. Louis Professor Jake Rosenfeld seek two research assistants to support a project exploring how worker power, voice, and representation shape outcomes for workers, especially African-American workers and other workers of color. The assistants will help identify the key evidence-based policies and practices that generate economic security and mobility for low-wage workers, as well as the research questions where additional evidence is needed to assess whether particular programs or policies have the potential to transform low-wage workers’ economic well-being.
The project is part of the WorkRise Initiative of the Urban Institute, a research-to-action network on jobs, workers, and mobility in the U.S.
This position will require 10-15 hours per week and will be compensated at $25 an hour and will last through the fall of 2021. Start date will be July 7; end date will be October 31, 2021.
• Conduct reviews of the scholarly literature on how various manifestations of worker power, voice, and representation influence the economic well-being and mobility of workers, with an emphasis on the well-being and mobility of minority workers. Assistants will provide summaries of relevant findings and highlight unanswered questions. Sample topics include (but are not limited to) the growing literature on sources of monopsony and other types of market failure, organized labor and its decline in the U.S., alternative forms of worker representation, and other models of policies and programs that can improve the economic well-being of workers. • Organize and maintain the citation library for the project. • Review early manuscript drafts and, at the instruction of Professors Marinescu and Rosenfeld, develop citations and footnotes. • Assist with edits and revisions to the manuscript during the latter half of the publication process. • Prepare for and participate in weekly remote check-in meetings with the lead professor you are assigned to, and occasional full project team meetings via Zoom. • Draft tables and figures utilizing findings from the literature reviews.
• Familiarity with and enthusiasm for research on inequality and the economic well-being of low-wage workers, especially African-Americans and other workers of color • High degree of comfort navigating the economic, public policy, and sociological academic literatures, including sufficient comfort with quantitative analyses • Experience with executing literature reviews for the social sciences • An understanding of the intersection of scholarly work and public policy/public-facing communications • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision • Attention to detail and proven ability to adhere to timelines • Ability to work effectively with remote team members • Excellent writing skills • Exceptional organization skills • Access to the various relevant platforms for academic journal articles (e.g. JSTOR, EconLit, etc.), available through university libraries • Experience with creating graphical representations of data • Must be a U.S. citizen or have a U.S. work visa
Preferred Qualifications • Proficiency with LaTeX • Familiarity with Box and/or Dropbox file sharing • Knowledge of/experience with policy/advocacy on behalf of low-income and/or low-wage workers/families • PhD student strongly preferred, especially in Economics, Public Policy, Organization Studies, or Sociology, although other qualified candidates will be considered
To apply for this position, please email the following to both Ioana Marinescu (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Jake Rosenfeld (email@example.com) by June 16 with the subject line “WorkRise Worker Power research assistant application” • Cover letter • CV • Writing sample, preferably a literature review or similar • Names of two references