Research Opportunities

The Stigler Center will award up to five $5,000 dissertation awards for University of Chicago PhD students who are currently in their third, fourth or fifth year and who are in advanced stages of writing their dissertation about the political, economic, and cultural obstacles to better working markets. Topics include (but are not limited to): 

  • Effects of regulation on competition
  • Impacts of campaign financing on legislation
  • Corruption (institutional, political, and old-fashioned bribes)
  • Crony capitalism
  • Media capture
  • Judicial capture
  • Market design
  • Antitrust

The award is open to PhD students in any area (not only Economics and Business, but also Political Science, Sociology, Law, Psychology, etc.), as long as their dissertations shed light on a relevant topic. The award is open to PhD students from the University of Chicago only.

The winners will receive up to $2,500 (depending on the award) upon notification of the Prize, and the remainder when they submit a completed version of the paper to be posted in the Stigler Working Paper series. Winners are required to attend the weekly Stigler lunches held in the Fall and Spring quarters, where they will also be able to present their work in progress. Award winners are also required to submit reports throughout the academic year on their research progress.

Applications for academic year 2019-2020 are now closed.

Past Winners

Stigler Visiting Researchers Program

The positions offer faculty members on sabbatical at different institutions the opportunity to interact with University of Chicago scholars. The positions are open to scholars interested in studying the political, economic, and cultural obstacles to more competitive markets. Topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Effects of regulation on competition
  • Impacts of campaign financing on legislation 
  • Corruption (institutional, political, and old-fashioned bribes)
  • Crony capitalism
  • Media capture
  • Judicial capture
  • Market design 
  • Antitrust 

The Stigler Visiting Researchers will receive $15,000 for each working paper they produce on the aforementioned topics (up to a maximum of 3 papers) and $10,000 per business case they write (up to a maximum of 3 cases). Please note that compensation for working papers and business cases will be subject to tax withholding, as per IRS guidelines. The Stigler Center will reimburse the researchers for economy-class airfare and related travel expenses up to $5,000 (receipts are required).

Selected Visiting Researchers will receive a $5,000 advance on their first paper or case study at the beginning of the program, upon acceptance of the paper or case. They will receive the rest when they submit a version of the paper or business case to be posted in the Stigler Working Paper or Business Case series. In addition to the funds, the fellows will gain access to weekly Stigler lunches, where they will be able to present their work in progress.

Applications for academic year 2019-2020 are now closed.

Funding Research (University of Chicago only)

The Stigler Center provides funding support for research assistance, data purchases, and case writing to University of Chicago faculty whose research studies the political, economic, and cultural obstacles to more competitive markets.

Research proposal topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Effects of regulation on competition
  • Impacts of campaign financing on legislation
  • Corruption (institutional, political, and old-fashioned bribes)
  • Crony capitalism
  • Media capture
  • Judicial capture
  • Market design
  • Antitrust

Data purchases are subject to our Policy on Databases (see further below).

For research assistance, we typically provide financial support that researchers can use to compensate their own RAs. If your proposal includes a request for RA funding, please specify the number of hours, not just a dollar amount.

If you are working with coauthors from other institutions, please tell us about any applications they have made to obtain partial funding for the project.

In addition to a CV, please provide:
1) A title and clear 150-word description of the project that we may share with our corporate partners and other donors.
2) A 1 to 3 page description of the project that the Stigler Center can use to evaluate the proposal.
3) A detailed explanation of your budget items. For research assistance, please include the requirements in terms of RA hours needed, not just a dollar amount.

Applications for academic year 2019-2020 are now closed.

Stigler Center Policy on Databases

Raw data purchased with Stigler Center funds, or datasets created primarily by RAs supported with Stigler Center funds, should be shared with other Stigler Center faculty whenever possible. In the case of proprietary data, researchers should make a reasonable effort to obtain permission to share the data within the Stigler Center. In the case of new datasets, researchers should make the data available after a reasonable exclusivity period.

The Stigler Center board respects the difference between data that is simply purchased (or manually entered by RAs) and databases that are created through a substantial application of skill and effort by faculty members. The goal is to encourage sharing of data where it makes sense, without discouraging faculty from investing their own time in creating new datasets.

Researchers applying for data funding should investigate the feasibility of sharing the data they plan to purchase or create, and make clear in their proposals when and to what extent this will be possible. The Stigler Center board considers the availability of data to other Booth faculty as one factor in making funding decisions.


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