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Urbashee P

- Research Program Mentor

PhD at Northeastern University


Economics, Public Policy, Mathematics, Statistics, Writing, Research


During her time as an economics PhD student, Urbashee researched the effect of U.S. high-skilled immigration policy reform on firm performance and the labor market. She also worked with her advisor, Dr. Alicia Sasser Modestino, on evaluating the effect of private sector summer jobs on high students’ academic outcomes for the Boston Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development. Prior to joining Northeastern, Urbashee worked as an economics researcher at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and at a public policy think tank in Washington, DC. Upon graduation, Urbashee joined Analysis Group’s NY office as an Associate where she currently applying her empirical research skills in the dynamic world of economic and litigation consulting. Besides research, Urbashee enjoys learning classical Indian music, soccer, taking long walks in nature, and exploring the NY food scene.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Ever wondered how a summer internship can help students?

We can work together to design a research project that looks at how summer internships affect high school students. Do they experience increased aspirations to pursue a certain career? Are they more motivated to do well at school? Do they get better grades? This project will offer you the chance to learn how to design a survey, collect data, conduct interviews, analyze data, and improve your academic writing style. I am open to working on this topic, or any other economics topic(s) of your choosing! For a previous research project, I worked with my advisor on a similar topic. Here is what we found: Recently, policymakers and researchers have explored how time spent outside of the classroom, including early work experience, can affect educational outcomes and reduce inequality across racial and socioeconomic groups. Although research has demonstrated that high-intensity work-based learning programs improve high school graduation and post-secondary enrollment, little is known about the effects of stand-alone private sector employment experiences on student outcomes. We study a unique program that brokers employer-paid summer job internships for Boston public school youth across 150 private sector firms in a variety of industries such as healthcare, finance, biotechnology, higher education, and real estate. Using data from school administrative records, we employ both fixed effects and matching models to estimate the impact of receiving a private sector placement on both high-school and post-secondary outcomes. Both models show similar impacts on outcomes that can be measured repeatedly over time with significant improvements in high school attendance and course failures associated with having had a private sector placement during the summer. Furthermore, we use our matching model to explore outcomes that occur only once, finding that private sector job experience increases standardized test taking as well as the likelihood of on-time high school graduation and college enrollment. These results suggest that private sector employers have an important role to play in the “ecosystem” of summer jobs, beyond government sponsored programs, to support experiences that help prepare youth for both educational and career pathways into adulthood.

Coding skills

Stata,, R and Python (intermediate)

Languages I know

Bengali (fluent), Hindi (beginner), French (beginner), Spanish (beginner)

Teaching experience

Over the last decade, I have mentored and taught over 200 students. I began my mentoring journey as a high school student, where I would voluntarily tutor students in math after school. In college, I worked as a teaching assistant in economics at Harvard's summer school, and as a teaching assistant in business and finance at BU's school of business. As an undergrad, I was also hired as an economics crash course instructor, for other BU undergrads looking to ace their midterms and finals, at a start-up called SOS Tutoring. Then, in grad school, I was a teaching assistant for various undergraduate and graduate economics classes. I take pride and joy in being able to help students achieve their greatest potential.


Work experience

Analysis Group (2022 - Current)
Northeastern University (2018 - 2022)
Teaching and Research Assistant
George Washington University (2016 - 2018)
Teaching Assistant
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (2018 - 2018)
Research Intern


Boston University
BA Bachelor of Arts (2014)
Economics and Mathematics
George Washington University
MS Master of Science (2018)
Northeastern University
PhD Doctor of Philosophy

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