Research assistant opportunity for students: the Impact of Soda Taxes

Background: Philadelphia passed a historic sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) tax of 1.5ยข 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.

Job Qualifications:

  • 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.

For more information, contact Caitlin Lowery at and/or Sara Bleich at