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Summer Research Assistant with Emanuele Colonnelli and Thomas Rauter

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Title: Research assistant 

Hours and duration: 37.5 hours per week for at least 10 weeks in Summer 2024

General summary: 

The research assistant will work a minimum of 10 weeks and supporting Emanuele Colonnelli and Thomas Rauter, Associate Professor of Finance and MV Advisors Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor of Accounting and IBM Corporation Faculty Scholar, by completing research tasks associated with the Principal Investigator (PI) project on an ongoing study on high-growth firms and management practices in Uganda, and based in Kampala, Uganda. 

Principal Duties and responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the principal investigators, the research assistants will undertake several tasks, such as: 

  1. Assist in field data collection with local partners, including visits to small and medium-sized firms.
  2. Facilitate communication between the research team and relevant government and private sector agencies, including preparing weekly project progress reports. 
  3. Conduct data cleaning and analysis using statistical software such as STATA, R, and/or Python. 
  4. Prepare and organize logistics for matchmaking workshops with key stakeholders to measure various firm outcomes. 
  5. Write drafts of policy reports.
  6. More detailed expected deliverables will be communicated on a weekly basis.

Measure of success: 

Prompt, thorough, and independent carrying out of responsibilities. 

Reporting relationship: 

Emanuele Colonnelli, Associate Professor of Finance at UChicago Booth; Thomas Rauter, Assistant Professor of Accounting at UChicago Booth

Knowledge, skills, and abilities: 

  • Currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Economics or related fields. Knowledge of finance and accounting is a plus. 
  • Coding experience in STATA, R, and/or Python is a plus.
  • Interest in applying for a PhD is a plus