Research Assistants are needed for the World Bank Project: Growth in the African Urban Hierarchy
Cong Peng, Assistant Professor at National School of Development and ISSCAD at Peking University, is looking for talented research assistants to support a study sponsored by the World Bank Knowledge for Change Program (KCP). The objective is to study the growth of urban settlements in 43 countries in sub-Saharan Africa from 1975 until 2014.
This paper will develop a model of the urban hierarchy (large city, small city, towns, etc.) that will outline the conditions under which cities of different sizes form complementary or substitute relationships. The structural model estimated in this paper will be used to evaluate whether the expansion of road infrastructure in Africa differentially affected the larger and smaller cities.
What you will be working on:
- Build a database of highway network database for 43 countries in Africa
- Conduct econometric analysis
- Meeting with the team weekly to report your progress
- Other analysis as the project unfolds
· The ideal candidate should have a solid knowledge in Econometrics and Geographic Information System (GIS).
One with either knowledge will also be considered.
· Proficient in speaking or writing in English
· Experienced in using Python, Stata, ArcGIS/QGIS
· Graduate students in economics or GIS who are preferred but the criteria are not restrictive
· Can work at least 20 hours a week.
What you will get:
- You will have the opportunity to work with Vernon Henderson, Tony Venables, and Cong Peng directly on the project and gain the real-world exposure of conducting frontier research in the field of urban/development/trade economics
- Build a track record of doing research in an international environment
- Competitive salary provided by the World Bank Beijing office.
How to apply:
Please send a cover letter and a CV to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject title in the format of “World Bank_<Name>_<Major>_<School>”.
Soft application deadline: 29 Sep 2022.