Call for Applications:
NBER Post-Doctoral Fellowship on Household Finance

The NBER Household Finance Working Group, with the generous support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is accepting applications for two one-year post-doctoral fellowships. These fellowships will enable outstanding early-career economists to visit NBER’s Cambridge office for one year of intensive research on economic aspects of household finance. 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.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

• Household borrowing decisions, including decisions about debt in general and also specific types of credit, such as mortgages, credit cards, student loans, informal lending, peer-to-peer lending, etc.

• Household saving and investing/portfolio-choice decisions, including both financial investments (ranging from short-term emergency savings to long-term retirement savings) and real investments (such as in housing and human capital)

• Household payment choices

• Household consumption, spending, and budgeting

• Consumer default and bankruptcy

• Insurance and other forms of household risk management

• Financial skills and capabilities

• The economics of consumer finance organizations

• Financial innovations in household finance

• Laws, regulations, and public policies about consumer finance

The fellowship consists of a $75,000 stipend for academic year 2019-2020, reimbursement for health insurance, and includes an office at the NBER’s Cambridge office. The fellow is expected to spend the academic year at the NBER, conduct research related to their fellowship, and actively participate in Working Group activities. Fellowship related activities are expected to represent the fellow’s primary responsibility during the year.

Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. by June, 2019. Applications from early-career researchers who received their Ph.D.s in earlier years are also welcome. NBER strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans. The NBER may be able to sponsor the fellowship recipients for a J-1 visa under its research scholars program.

Applicants should submit a CV, 2 recommendation letters, and a proposal not to exceed three pages double-spaced, and no more than two additional pages of tables, references and graphs, describing the proposed research for the fellowship year, by 11.59pm EST December 9, 2018.

To Apply:

The fellowship recipients will be notified in February, 2019.
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