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Student-Volunteer Research Assistant

October 17, 2016

Exploring the Economic and Social Effectiveness of the Paid Sick Leave Provision in New York City

Project Summary:
To develop and provide an initial qualitative and quantitative assessment of the effectiveness of the Paid Sick Leave (PSL) Law on multiple economic and social dimensions in New York City.

The PSL provision was implemented in New York in April 2014 across the City’s small business establishments. According to the official data, the PSL provision was the first time that 1.2 million workers, of the city’s overall 3.4 million employed, had a chance for a guaranteed workplace healthcare-related benefit. However, a systematic comprehensive assessment of the effect of the PSL rollout on the city’s economy is yet to be conducted.

  • Assess the indirect impact on income inequality.
  • Evaluate the economic effect on small businesses.
  • Estimate healthcare disparities among the City’s low-income workers.
  • Analyze the policy-making process of translating PSL law to City-wide enforcement across small businesses.
  • Target population includes small businesses (with 150 or less employees) across three Boroughs (Queens, Bronx, and Brooklyn).
  • Small business industries will include Accomodation & Food Services; Construction; Healthcare & Social Assistance; Retail Trade; and Leisure & Hospitality.

Qualifications:
We are looking for motivated research assistants to join our team of volunteers. Must have good interpersonal communication, writing, and analytical skills, able to work independently and in a team. Anyone interested in public policy issues; urban economics; New York City development; labor markets, HR benefits, and healthcare access problems will find this project interesting. All majors are welcome!

Job Responsibilities:

  • Interviewer-assisted paper questionnaire administration with small business owners/managers and employees, and City officials. - Data collection & analysis (independently and within a research team setting). - Manuscript writing and dissemination of findings to stakeholders and the scientific community.

Recruiting Information

  • Undergraduate
  • Fall, Spring, Summer
  • 5 hours per week
  • Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan campuses
  • Unpaid 

Position Status: OPEN

Interested in this Job?

If you are interested in this research opportunity, e-mail Assistant Professor Aleksandr Gevorkyan at gevorkya@stjohns.edu