ICTA-UAB is looking to recruit 4 PhD students (4 year positions) and 3 post-doctoral researchers (3 to 5 year positions) in a prestigious ERC Advanced Grant entitled “Behavioral-evolutionary analysis of climate policy: Bounded rationality, markets and social interactions” (EVOCLIM). Intensive cooperation among senior and junior researchers is foreseen, guided by the supervision of prof.dr. Jeroen van den Bergh.
The PhD research projects cover four related topics:
1. What are the differences in performance of carbon pricing under various types of bounded rationality of consumers and firms? This will compare carbon taxes and emissions trading.
2. What are the innovation, employment and climate impacts of shifting taxes from labor to carbon under bounded rationality? This has been addressed with rational-agent equilibrium models but not yet with behavioral-evolutionary models.
3. How do different information policies compare in terms of employing imitation behavior, social norms and information diffusion to effectively spread climate-relevant information and conducts? This involves testing features of information policies and the use of “role models”.
4. How does the interaction of commercial advertising and social comparison driven by status-seeking drive the consumption of certain carbon-intensive goods and services, like cars and holidays, and what does this mean for policy design aimed at influencing such consumption? This involves analysis of information provision instruments in interaction with carbon pricing and advertising.
More information about the overall project is available here:
Contracts can be offered as of January 2018. The contract duration for PhD students is 4 years. The annual gross income is €17.380,68.
ICTA-UAB follows a recruitment strategy that promotes equality and diversity and tolerance, and encourages qualified female and male candidates of all different backgrounds to apply.
Note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for a job interview.
Applicants should hold bachelor and master degrees in economics or econometrics. We expect strong skills in modelling and programming. A shown interest in macroeconomics, environmental/energy economics or behavioral economics is valued but not necessary.
Applications can be submitted by email until 31 October 2017, and should include:
- A Curriculum Vitae
- A list of grades and copies of relevant certificates
- A letter of motivation
- Names and email addresses of 2 academic referents
Please send applications or any queries to prof. dr. Jeroen van den Bergh, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Portrait of ICTA-UAB:
The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) is part of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). UAB is generally listed among the top 5 universities in Spain, while ICTA was in 2015 awarded a prestigious Maria de Maeztu (MdM) award of 2 million € for top institutes, representing the first award of this type given to a general environmental science research institute in Spain. ICTA’s research spans environmental and climate economics, sociology, anthropology, urban studies, energy engineering and natural sciences, with a strong focus on climate change. ICTA’s experimental new building has won architectural prizes for being original, energy-efficient and comfortable.