Research Associate

Research · Medellin, Antioquia
Department Research
Employment Type Full-Time

Good Business Lab ( is an independent, non-profit labor innovation lab with operations in India, the United States and Latin America. We use rigorous academic research to prove that worker wellbeing programs have business impacts. We develop marketready, scalable interventions capable of providing dual benefits to workers and businesses. Our goal is to disrupt the traditional notion of business, and show that worker wellbeing can be a part of core business strategy, or in other words, a good business practice. The founders of the lab are Ach Adhvaryu - assistant professor of business economics and public policy at the University of Michigan (, Anant Ahuja – head of Organization Development at Shahi Exports Pvt. Ltd. and Anant Nyshadham – assistant professor of business economics and public policy at the University of Michigan ( In the Latin America office, our main research partner is Jorge Tamayo –assistant professor of business administration at Harvard Business School (

In India, we've been incubated at Shahi Exports - India's biggest apparel export house, and have conducted several studies in their sixty plus factories in the past six years. In one study we found that the net return to the firm from training women workers in life skills (such as financial literacy, communication, and problem solving) is 250%, 8 months after program completion. This program called P.A.C.E. (Personal Advancement and Career Enhancement), co-created by Gap Inc., Shahi, ICRW, and Swasthi has been scaled at a global level to reach over 45,000 female garment workers in 12 countries. Some of our other partners include, the Harvard Business School, University of Pennsylvania, the United Nations Development Program, and Humanity United. Our projects have been funded by USAID, PEDL, Harvard University, and the University of Michigan. In Latin America, we have partnered with Arcos Dorados, Grupo Éxito and Toyota Argentina. Arcos Dorados the largest restaurant operator in the region and the largest McDonald’s franchised brand in the world. Our project agenda includes looking at the impact of working at McDonald’s on employees’ subsequent economic outcomes such as credit, education, and participation in criminal activity; and the firm’s managerial practices and strategies and the role of these in worker turnover and absenteeism. Similarly, our partnership with Toyota Argentina has enabled us to work with the firm’s production and administrative data, investigating the effects of workers’ skill trainings, absenteeism, and productivity on the firm’s Defect Per Vehicle rates. To ensure the smooth implementation of all projects, we are looking for a research associate, details of which are given below.

Location- Medillin, Colombia

Length of Commitment: at least one year (fix term contract, renewed every 6 months)

Remuneration: 2.5 to 3.5 million Colombian Pesos, plus benefits (commensurate with experience)

Start Date: ASAP (applications being accepted on a rolling basis)


Who are you?

Ideally you have:

  •  Obtained a Bachelor’s degree in economics/statistics (required); Masters preferred
  • Knowledge of Stata (any other statistical tool) preferred.
  • Ability to work in a team, manage multiple projects and be self-motivated.
  • English and Spanish language proficiency, oral and writing
  • Ability to present research outputs in a clear and succinct manner

What will you do? Work closely with academic researchers, data manager, partner firms and other GBL staff to help analyze various projects.

Key responsibilities include (but not limited to):

  • Designing survey instruments and making regular field visits (firm HQ, factories and stores) to ensure that survey is being conducted properly
  • Monitoring data quality and ensuring that problems with data are resolved promptly
  • Identifying potential threats to research design, proposing solutions, and escalating as needed to researchers 
  • Conducting secondary research and literature reviews
  • Ensuring project documentation is complete and well maintained 
  • Preparing policy memos and brochures on past and on-going research
  • Cleaning data, creating indices, summary stats, and potentially assisting with preliminary analysis and managing big datasets
  • Maintaining relations with partner organization

What should you be comfortable with?

  • A dynamic environment with competing priorities
  • Working in a team with shared responsibilities
  • Independently coordinating with coworkers to accomplish goals
  • Being resourceful in new environments and scenarios
  • Problem-solve in hi-pressure environments
  • Occasionally travel at short notice

What will be your benefits?

  •  No fixed number of leaves
  • Autonomy and flexible working culture (Flexible hours, and occasional remote work) We focus on happiness, output and quality of work
  • Work with really smart and creative people who want to make an impact
  • Personal development: we support the development of our team through mentorship and regular access to external training programs


GBL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, physical disability, or length of time spent unemployed. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

We offer traditional monetary workplace benefits such as insurance and travel allowance. We also offer several other non-monetary workplace benefits like flexible work hours, the ability to work remotely, and no rigid limit on annual paid leave. We are a young and growing start up making us the ideal ground for team members to experiment, take on dynamic roles, and grow with us. We focus on happiness, output and quality of work.


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