PHD CANDIDATE IN ECONOMICS
The VIVES Research Centre for Regional Economics led by Professor Jozef Konings and the Monetary & Information Economics (MIE) group at the Department of Economics of KU Leuven, led by Professor Patrick Van Cayseele, are looking to recruit a PhD researcher in the field of applied microeconomics. The successful candidate will be part of an internationally acclaimed research program analyzing the influence of idiosyncratic firm-level shocks on global economic outcomes, such as aggregate (regional) fluctuations, (un)employment, GDP growth, exports, imports, … This research program, entitled "The Granular Origins of Macroeconomic Performance", develops and uses state-of-the-art econometric methodology and uses micro data on firms, products and prices to disentangle micro-level contributions to GDP growth from macroeconomic evolutions.
- Pursue a PhD in Economics at the Department of Economics KU Leuven
- Collect, assemble and analyze data and report research findings
- Participate in international congresses and publish in scientific journals
- Translate research findings into policy recommendations
- Perform auxiliary tasks at VIVES and MIE such as exam supervision, teaching, …
The ideal candidate must
- Have a Master’s degree in Economics, Applied Economics or Business Engineering obtained with honors (“cum laude”)
- Demonstrate working knowledge of quantitative research methods and techniques. Although not required, previous (research) experience is considered a bonus
- Be creative and efficient, willing to cooperate with other researchers and display attention to detail, scientific integrity and quality
- Possess excellent communication and presentation skills
- Be fluent in English (written and spoken).
- A contract for an initial period of one year, to be extended subject to positive evaluation for the period 2018-2021.
- A challenging and stimulating research environment composed of junior and senior researchers specializing in the fields on international trade, industrial economics, fiscal federalism and program evaluation
- PhD supervision and guidance by professors Jozef Konings and Patrick Van Cayseele, experts on the subjects of productivity estimation, information economics and applied game theory.