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The Duke Development Economics Lab (DevLab@Duke) is an applied research center that connects international development-focused social scientists with the development practitioner community to advance evaluable programming for policy impact. Led by Professor Erica Field, the lab includes development economics faculty and research staff, and post-doctoral and graduate students across departments and schools at Duke, representing experience in a broad range of donor activities in areas such as economic growth, education, gender, governance, health, and labor markets. The lab collaborates with academic, government, and industry partners to:

-develop evidence-informed programming;

-collect high-quality monitoring and evaluation data;

-conduct methodologically rigorous impact evaluations; and

-publish and share findings with the wider academic and policy communities

Through these activities, DevLab@Duke seeks to broaden and promote scientific knowledge on what works in-context to improve economic and human development outcomes of the world’s most vulnerable people.

Current Openings

Associate in Research /Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow – DevLab@Duke


The Duke Development Economics Lab (DevLab@Duke) is hiring one or more Associates in Research/ Pre-Doctoral Research Fellows (Pre Docs) for summer 2024 to work with Erica Field, Professor of Economics and DevLab@Duke Director, and co-PIs on applied micro-economic development research directed at informing public policy in low-income countries.

The Pre Doc’s primary duties include data cleaning and management, as well as assisting with statistical and econometric analysis on a variety of international projects. They will also participate in the design and implementation of survey instruments used to collect data from field projects. In ensuring quality fieldwork, they will act as liaisons between the field team and the PIs. They will assist with drafting initial results, reports for funders and other stakeholders, conference presentations, and research papers. The Pre Doc will support the composition of grant proposal preparation and other related documents. When needed, the Pre Doc will travel to the field to help launch and manage field projects, as well as to familiarize themselves with these projects. They will be selected based on their demonstrated interest in development economics, which may include coursework, research projects, or past research assistant positions in this field. The position typically lasts one year, during which the Pre Doc will work alongside the PIs in developing their own research interests and expertise in development economics.

This position will be in-person and based at DevLab@Duke, within the Department of Economics at Duke University. The Pre Doc will be expected to contribute to Lab activities, advancement, and community building.

More information and how to apply