Research Associate Position Available with the US Financial Diaries

The US Financial Diaries – a joint project among the Financial Access Initiative of New York University, Bankable Frontier Associates, and the Center for Financial Services Innovation – is an in-depth study that aims to investigate the rich, complex and varied financial lives of middle- and low-income working families across the United States. The goal is to use these insights in order to inform policy development that increases financial inclusion, connect to related research and inspire future research, and spark creative approaches to financial services design and delivery. 

The study involves interviewing ~300 households across different parts of the United States twice monthly over 16 months. We will track all cash inflows and outflows, along with formal and informal financial services used. Additionally, modules will be conducted throughout the study period on topics including aspirations, financial horizons, social networks and risk tolerance. In order to use this knowledge to inform decision-makers to develop better financial tools, the data will be analyzed to produce various written pieces geared toward various audiences –academic, policy, practitioner, journalist, and grassroots entities.

The US Financial Diaries seeks a Research Associate to support the US Financial Diaries. The ideal candidate should bring a strong attention to detail, suitable academic training in quantitative analysis, excellent writing skills, and a commitment to the value of rigorous research.

The Role and Location

The Research Associate will support and collaborate with the investigators and team of the US Financial Diaries project by working closely with the data collected in-field, conducting relevant analyses, drafting written publications, and conducting general research activities. This person will be based preferably in the Boston area (within Bankable Frontier Associates offices and working with Daryl Collins, see , although it is possible to be based in New York City (in the Center for Financial Services Innovation offices, see

Description of Duties

  • Perform weekly checks on household financial data within a specially built database application.
  • Correct discrepancies in the data and perform quarterly and as-needed data validations in collaboration with investigators and field researchers.
  • Write and run queries within the database application to pull data for analysis
  • Draft and contribute to white papers, issue briefs, and other written publications.
  • Contribute to the production of research instruments
  • Conduct general research activities


  • A Bachelor’s of Master’s degree in statistics, finance, economics, policy, or related field;
  • Experience with Stata data analysis and statistical software;
  • Experience using data in chat and table form to make an analytical point;
  • Strong analytic, quantitative and qualitative skills;
  • Strong writing abilities in English;
  • Ability to collaborate within a team and work independently.

Duration: Full-time, January 2012 through June of 2013

To Apply: Submit the following to Chioma Achebe at Cover letter, CV. Writing Sample (maximum 3 pages) that uses data shown in charts and tables


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