Student Research Assistant on Housing Finance

The Joint Center for Housing Studies seeks a part-time (5-10 hours/week) student research assistant to carry out quantitative and qualitative research on the US housing finance system. The student will assist Don Layton, a Center senior industry fellow and former CEO of Freddie Mac, who is writing working papers and other Center publications on possible reforms to the current the US housing finance system.  

The RA’s primary responsibilities will be to:

  1. Find, analyze, and summarize data on issues related to housing finance
  2. Conduct background research on the political economy of housing finance reform 
  3. Research and write summaries of notable entities involved with housing finance

The position is open to any Harvard graduate or undergraduate student who is enrolled for the fall semester. Applicants should have a demonstrated ability to conduct independent research, prepare basic financial analyses, succinctly write up findings, and, using Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint, create charts and graphs in formats suitable for publication by the Center. Familiarity with housing policy and financing is preferred. The position is a fall-term appointment with the possibility of continuing into the spring semester. The RA will receive an hourly wage commensurate with their experience.

Applications submitted via CARAT should include a cover letter, resume or CV, and two references: undergraduate application, graduate application.

For more information, please contact [email protected].