Background: Philadelphia passed a historic sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) tax of 1.5¢ per fluid ounce on sugary and diet drinks, becoming the second U.S. city to pass a beverage tax. The tax was implemented on January 1, 2017. We are conducting a large-scale evaluation of the Philadelphia Beverage Tax's impact on prices and purchasing behavior in a variety of food retailers, with funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Baltimore is the control city for the study. We have completed data collection for the baseline, 6-month, and 12-month periods and are looking to hire 6-8 Research Assistants for the 24-month collection, which will begin in late September and end in mid-December.
- An ideal candidate should be detail oriented, with experience collecting data in Baltimore corner stores or interacting with participants in a research study and be able to commit ~10-15 hours per week beginning at the end of September.
- We are generally looking for outgoing, reliable and responsible students who are interested in gaining research experience in the field.
- The ability to speak Spanish or Korean is a plus, but is not required; similarly, access to a vehicle is preferred (we reimburse for mileage to drive to the stores), but this is also not a requirement.