This study explores a potential source of friction in markets for casual labor: high worker absenteeism. Markets for casual labor are important in low-income settings as firms primarily hire from these markets, and households rely heavily on casual labor wage earnings.
Despite unemployment rates being high, casual laborers appear to frequently renege on existing work arrangements with employers. Subsequently, firms incur various costs in dealing with high rates of unplanned absenteeism. The study aims to test the existence of a demand for flexibility in work arrangements among casual laborers using a field experiment in Odisha, one of India’s poorest states (Raghuram Rajan Committee Report, 2013).
– Oversee the day-to-day implementation of field-based research (scoping, surveying, project implementation) – including the management of field personnel, procurement, budgets, and reporting for the project.
– Assist in the design and field-testing of survey instruments and develop and implement appropriate structures and systems for a larger randomized intervention, including the procurement of supplies.
– Development and oversight of field and quality control protocols; recruitment, training, and leading of field staff; and coordination with local partners.
– Must work in close coordination with PIs of the study as well as the project manager to ensure effective and seamless implementation of the study.
REPORTING TO:Research Manager
ASSIGNMENT LENGTH:6 months (extendable)
SALARY:Commensurate with qualifications and experience
How to Apply:
If you are interested in this position, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Research Associate: MSME”, your CV, academic transcript, and a statement of interest.
Desired Candidate Profile
Graduation - Graduate-Other
(i) must be willing to move to Odisha for the duration of the study,
(ii) must be fluent in Hindi (knowledge of Odia is desirable but not essential), and should ideally have some fieldwork experience,
(iv) They must be self-motivated and willing to travel extensively.