The Department of Macro, International and Labour Economics (MILE), in collaboration with the department of Data Analytics and Digitalisation (DAD) at the School of Business and Economics (SBE) of Maastricht University, offers a 4-year PhD position, starting September 1, 2022. Eligible candidates must have successfully completed a – preferably 2-year (120 ECTS) – Master’s degree (MSc or MPhil) in (Quantitative) Economics, Econometrics, Computational social science or a related area (before September 2022) and have an excellent command of English.
We are looking for a candidate who has a proven interest in and wants to work on a research project about the impact of public opinion about climate change on public policies and firm behaviour.
Conventionally, the public opinion about climate mitigation and adaption, public policy measures, and the decisions of firms are considered separately. However, there is ample evidence that public opinions drive policies and the behaviour of firms. Therefore, the aim of the project is to analyse and understand the interplay of public opinion, public policy, and firm behaviour in the context of climate change across different countries and contexts. The selected candidate will use a mix of traditional data (policy indices, firm level balance sheets) and new types of data (social media analysis, climate action data), as well as an interdisciplinary toolbox (behavioral macroeconomics, computational economics, political science, and data science). Public climate change beliefs will be measured through social media analysis from a chosen platform (Twitter), with the goal to understand both the acceptance of climate scenarios and the polarization of opinions. Firm-level decisions will be studied using balance-sheet, trade, and environmental performance data. Finally, a macroeconomic Agent Based Model will serve as the basis for studying interactions between household, firm and government decisions and provide data-driven insights for improved climate policy.
The candidate is expected to contribute to teaching activities at the department, taking max. 20% of her/his time.
We offer a dynamic and challenging job in an internationally oriented organisation on an exciting topic. The candidate will be part of an international network of top universities and renowned scholars within the field. MILE and DAD have strong collaborations with other institutes and departments at Maastricht University and elsewhere. Via our network and tailored mentoring, we will create opportunities for you to develop your career through support for conferences, collaborations, and training.
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