We are conducting an academic project that analyzes proxy ballot voting by several hundred institutional investors and pension funds that exercise voting rights in publicly listed firms. We use W-NOMINATE pioneered by Poole and Rosenthal (1985) to estimate Institutional Investors’ ideology (ideal points) based on their proxy voting records, along one, or possibly two, most salient policy dimensions.
We look to hire a full-time research assistant during the summer of 2018. The contract may be extended on a full-time or part-time basis beyond this period. The main tasks include cleaning, organizing, and merging large data sets on institutional investors, and creating various key variables based on these data. The ideal candidate should have strong programming skills in Stata and/or SAS, and a basic understanding of financial databases such as Compustat and CRSP. The candidate is expected to work closely with researchers on the team.
Salary: starting at $25/hour, depending on experience
Contact: Patrick Bolton, Professor, Finance Division, Columbia Business School firstname.lastname@example.org