Reporting to the India Country Director of the University of Chicago Trust (Trust ED) while also working collaboratively with the Operations Manager in India and the Finance Manager at the Becker Friedman Institute in the US, the Operations Associate for the Tata Center for Development (TCD) in India will assist in conducting the daily operations and financial activities for all center-based activities in India. The Operations Associate will support the Operations Manager in executing India based financial and programmatic grant reporting and will support the Finance Manager with grant audits. The Operations Associate supports the Operations Manager in overseeing the financial and organizational health by ensuring accuracy, efficiency and smooth processes.
TCD Operations Associate
Project on the Quality of Life in Indian Slums
A research team from the University of Chicago seeks to hire a Research Consultant to manage a multifaceted research project on slums taking place in several cities, including Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Bangalore. The "Quality of Life in Indian Slums" Project is an interdisciplinary research project that aims to understand migration to, governance of, and housing in slums across India. This project is led by Professors Anup Malani (UChicago Law School), Adam Chilton (UChicago Law School) and Austin Wright (UChicago Harris School of Public Policy). The Research Consultant will be responsible for overseeing a team of four research assistants conducting qualitative research in slums in four to six different cities, managing quantitative surveys taking place in Mumbai and surrounding rural areas, supervising a drone survey and purchase of satellite imagery to determine slum boundaries and construction, and overseeing all other aspects of field research. The Research Consultant will assist with developing and maintaining relationships with partner NGOs, academic institutions, and government entities. The Research Constulant will manage ongoing data collection as well as scoping future phases of the research project. The Research Consultant will gain experience with working on an international, interdisciplinary research team and develop skills in designing and executing rigorous social scientific research.
Project on Improving Property Tax Collection
in South Delhi
A research team from the University of Chicago seeks to hire a Research Consultant to manage a multifaceted research project taking place in New Delhi. The “Improving Property Tax Collection in South Delhi” Project is an interdisciplinary research project that aims to reduce property incentives to misreport. This project is led by Wendy Wong, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, and Yusuf Neggers, Brown University.
The tax-to-GDP ratio in India was 17.2 percent in 2013, roughly half that of the OECD country average, and these taxes were collected primarily through indirect means, which tend to be regressive. This project aims to address a fundamental constraint to the Indian state’s ability to collect taxes – the absence of high quality administrative data on the set of properties eligible to be taxed. Specifically, researchers will partner with the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) as part of its effort to create an all-encompassing database of properties that will strengthen its ability to collect property taxes. The researchers will use a field experiment to assess whether randomizing inspections of surveyor reports leads to improved accuracy of property reporting.
Collaborations for Impact in Education (CFI-Ed) India
University of Chicago researchers John List and Dana Suskind are leading the new CFI-Ed India initiative, which will establish a network of sites in India to replicate the most promising educational interventions. The University of Chicago Trust in India is looking to hire a Team Manager for CFI-Ed India to help establish partnerships between researchers based in India, with connections to early childhood educational systems, and school systems. The focus of this role will be to establish and maintain a fruitful network of sites and researchers implementing interventions. This work will run in parallel to our CFI-Ed U.S. network. The Team Manager has the opportunity to gain research experience, benefit from exposure to the University of Chicago Economics Experiments initiative, and help make a difference in India.
Not only is CFI-Ed interested in replicating educational interventions, but we anticipate that our research will inform John List’s recent work on the science of scaling—or why effect sizes found in small RCTs do not always manifest when an intervention is brought to scale.
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