We are a research team comprised of management and economics researchers from Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, Rice University, University of Chicago, University of Southern California and University of California at San Diego.
We are conducting a one year research study investigating labor and wage outcomes for university-educated Palestinians in the Science, Engineering, and Business fields during the year following graduation from university with a bachelors, masters or doctoral degree. Many people with engineering, science and business university degrees in Palestine do not have access to suitable employment opportunities. We hope to change this.
Our study will explore economic opportunities, employment and entrepreneurship in Palestine, and their relationship with education, training, culture and behavioral traits as well as attitudes, regional outlook and expectations for the future. We will also be offering a 2 hour entrepreneurship and freelancing workshop to all participants.
If you decide to participate, you will answer survey questions relating to your educational and business background as well as your daily life, cultural and regional/political views, beliefs and future outlook. We will pay you 40 NIS (Shekels) for completing the first survey. You will be asked to fill out a similar survey in September or October, for which you will be paid 70 NIS (Shekels). You may also be asked to complete a survey in July 2020, for which you will be paid an additional 70 NIS (Shekels).
You may also be eligible to join our free 5 week intensive training program on entrepreneurship and technology freelancing this summer. The program will be offered at three universities in Palestine (An Najah, Arab American and Palestinian Polytechnic) starting the week of July 21st. The training program will be taught by experienced instructors affiliated with the MIT Innovation Initiative .
Participation in the training program will require one day per week over 5 weeks (5 days total), starting in December 2019. Space in the training program is limited.
If you were enrolled in university studies in Palestine at any level (Bachelors, Masters or Doctorate) and graduated in 2017, 2018 or are graduating in spring or summer 2019 in Engineering, Computer Science, Sciences, Business, Economics or similar subjects, you may be eligible for this study.