Economics PhD Student in ERC Project “Behavioral-Evolutionary Modelling of Climate Policy”

Institute of Environmental Science and Technology ICTA - UAB

ICTA-UAB is looking to recruit a PhD student (4 year position) as part of 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 theme:

The project will study the differences in performance of carbon pricing under various types of bounded rationality of consumers and firms? This will involve comparing carbon taxes and emissions trading. Attention will be given to 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. The PhD student will develop, in cooperation with a modelling postdoc, models with multiple agents that show bounded rationality and social interactions. In this setting, climate policy instruments, notably carbon pricing, will be tested. The work comprises theoretical and empirical-applied aspects. For the latter, cooperation with another postdoc, working on empirical and experimental economic psychology, is foreseen.

More information about the overall project is available here:

Appointment Terms:

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.

Job Requirements:

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 15 February 2018, 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,

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.

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