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To encourage research on economic aspects of the labor market activity of older workers, the NBER, with the generous support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is sponsoring a post-doctoral research fellowship to enable an outstanding early-career economist to visit NBER’s Cambridge office for one year of intensive research. Topics may include labor market issues affecting older workers, such as the determinants of work and retirement behavior, age discrimination, or the role of workplace attributes in facilitating work. The Fellow will have an opportunity to attend and participate in the NBER Summer Institute workshops on Aging and Labor Studies, which are held in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The fellow will be selected by a committee of experts on labor economics and the aging population, chaired by Nicole Maestas (Harvard University and NBER), based on the panel’s evaluation of their potential to make an important contribution to our understanding of labor markets for older individuals.

Applications from researchers who are just completing their PhDs, as well as from junior faculty members who may be able to combine this fellowship with an early career leave, are welcome.

The fellowship offers an $80,000 stipend for academic year 2023-2024, reimbursement for health insurance, and an office at the NBER’s Cambridge headquarters. The fellow is expected to spend the academic year at the NBER and to participate in the activities of the NBER’s Aging and Labor Studies Programs. Fellowship-related activities are expected to represent the fellow’s primary responsibility during the year. A working paper on the funded topic is due by September 2024.

Applicants must have completed their PhD by June, 2022. NBER strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans. The NBER may be able to sponsor the fellowship recipient for a J-1 visa under its research scholars program.

Deadline:  December 8, 2022

Application Materials Required:

Cover Letter CV Research Proposal (up to 3 pages of text, 2 pages of tables/graphs, 1 page of references) describing the proposed research for the fellowship year Recommendation Letters

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