Fully funded PhD position in Behavioral & Experimental Economics at Maastricht University

The Department of Economics (AE1) in collaboration with the Institute of Data Science, the Department of Political Science at Maastricht University and Statistics Netherlands (CBS) is inviting applications for a fully funded PhD position (4 years).

Job Description

The successful candidate will engage in a research project that seeks to create a better understanding of people’s preferences, biases and beliefs in decision making and apply this knowledge to improve pension savings decisions. The PhD candidate will work in a dynamic and vibrant interdisciplinary environment and collaborate with diverse external parties such as Statistics Netherlands and pension funds.

The project will combine incentivized experiments, surveys, and administrative data and will apply advanced econometrics as well as state of the art data science methods (for more detailed project information see https://www.netspar.nl/en/project/understanding-and-improving-pension-savings-by-combining-incentivized-experiments-survey-and-administrative-big-data-a-general-employed-population-sample-with-a-focus-on-the-selfemployed/).

The project team consists of scholars from the fields of economics, political science and data science. Among other things, the successful candidate will collaborate in the development of experimental tools and surveys to measure preferences, beliefs and biases of a representative sample of the Dutch population, in the organization of the data collection process via on-line experiments and in the preparation of scientific and practice-oriented publications about the project.

Job Qualifications

In order to qualify for a PhD position candidates must have

  • Successfully completed a 2-years Master degree (MSc. or MPhil.) in Economics, Econometrics, Mathematics or a related area at the latest by September 2019
  • Proficiency of English language, both written and oral
  • Strong motivation for conducting scientific research
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills
  • Very good organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as within a multidisciplinary research team and with professionals from the pension industry

In addition the candidate should satisfy the following qualifications:

  • Strong academic background in microeconomics and/or behavioral economics
  • Knowledge of statistical software (e.g., Stata or R)
  • Experience conducting economic experiments is beneficial

Job Conditions

  • 4 years fully salaried position with payment according to the Labor Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO)
  • Teaching duties in years 1-3 (max.) 20% and in year 4 (max) 50% of working time

Further information contact (note this contact must NOT be used for applications, see below):
Prof.dr. A. Riedl, Department of Economics (AE1), Maastricht University;
E-mail: a.riedl@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Applications should be sent by email to phdpositionae1-sbe@maastrichtuniversity.nl

When sending your application make sure to state “Netspar PhD” in the subject line.

Please make sure that your application includes the following information

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcript of (all) university results
  • Motivation (at most 1 A4)
  • Two letters of recommendation to be sent separately
  • Candidates from outside the EU must also submit the scores of a GRE or GMAT test

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications should be received not later than April 26, 2019.



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Tongersestraat 53, 6211 LM Maastricht

Maastricht , Netherlands





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