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Researcher Position at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Dept. of Economics and Business, Sponsored by The Social Observatory of ”la Caixa” Foundation

19/12/2022

Job Information

Organisation/Company
UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA
Department
Department of Economics and Business
Research Field
Management sciences » Other
Economics » Financial science
Researcher Profile
First Stage Researcher (R1)
Country
Spain
Application Deadline
Type of Contract
Temporary
Job Status
Not Applicable
Offer Starting Date
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?
Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?
No

Offer Description

Job description We are looking for a close to graduation PhD or a MSc graduate with strong applied econometrics skills for a researcher position. The position is ideal for young scholars with a long term interest in accounting, applied economics or finance, and who are looking for experience in a top-tier research focused department before going on the job market. Job duties may include:

  • Data gathering and database management
  • Designing and running empirical analyses relying on advanced econometric models
  • Options to participate in paper writing (co-authorship is very welcome)

 

Project and institution that finance the contract

COMPVID - A Comparative Analysis of the Effectiveness of COVID-19 Policies (SR21-00098) - is an ongoing project running until mid-2024 within the La Caixa Social Research framework. The research team comprises professors Mircea Epure (project leader, Pompeu Fabra U.), Amedeo Pugliese (Padua U.) and Stefano Cascino (London School of Economics).

The project analyzes the costs and benefits of relief mechanisms implemented by European countries in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, it assesses the (un)intended consequences of changes to accounting regulation and corporate disclosure on firm survival, growth, and employment, as well as on public finance. The post-doc will be involved in implementing the empirical approach, which—in its main parts—exploits heterogeneity in the staggered adoption of relief mechanisms to estimate their impact on firm- and economy-level outcomes. The work relies on financial data for the universe of privately held firms, matched with loans from public guarantee schemes, and macroeconomic data. We expect the project to inform on: (1) whether changes to accounting regulation may have increased corporate opaqueness, thus impairing screening processes for state guaranteed loans; (2) whether firms lowering disclosure quality resorted disproportionately to government guarantees; and (3) the trade-off between supporting liquidity versus equity in reducing corporate defaults. The project will explore micro effects that aggregate to macro-welfare aspects such as public spending, employment, and growth.

 

Selection process and contract

Application procedure: Stage 1: To apply please send your C.V. and a cover letter/research statement (max. 4 pages) detailing your suitability for the job as a single pdf document to mircea.epure@upf.edu. Stage 2: Shortlisted candidates will be asked for further documentation such as reference letters and sample work, and will be invited for a short online interview.

Assessment criteria: (1) 30% a degree (MSc or close to graduation PhD) and experience in related to project areas (accounting, finance or applied economics); (2) 30% applied econometrics training, as well as proficiency in using Stata, Python or R; (3) 40% interview performance assessed by a selection committee including led by the PI and based on the suitability of candidate skills, experience and interest in the position offered.

Contract: The selected candidate will be offered a standard contract that can span approximately 16 months starting with March 2023 or soon after. The salary depends on experience and skills. The call and the position remain open until filled.

Requirements

Additional Information

Eligibility criteria

Assessment criteria: (1) 30% a degree (MSc or close to graduation PhD) and experience in related to project areas (accounting, finance or applied economics); (2) 30% applied econometrics training, as well as proficiency in using Stata, Python or R; (3) 40% interview performance assessed by a selection committee including led by the PI and based on the suitability of candidate skills, experience and interest in the position offered.

Selection process

Selection process and contract

Application procedure: Stage 1: To apply please send your C.V. and a cover letter/research statement (max. 4 pages) detailing your suitability for the job as a single pdf document to mircea.epure@upf.edu. Stage 2: Shortlisted candidates will be asked for further documentation such as reference letters and sample work, and will be invited for a short online interview.

Assessment criteria: (1) 30% a degree (MSc or close to graduation PhD) and experience in related to project areas (accounting, finance or applied economics); (2) 30% applied econometrics training, as well as proficiency in using Stata, Python or R; (3) 40% interview performance assessed by a selection committee including led by the PI and based on the suitability of candidate skills, experience and interest in the position offered.

Contract: The selected candidate will be offered a standard contract that can span approximately 16 months starting with March 2023 or soon after. The salary depends on experience and skills. The call and the position remain open until filled.

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Work Location(s)

Number of offers available
1
Company/Institute
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Country
Spain
State/Province
Barelona
City
Barcelona
Postal Code
08005
Street
Ramon Trias Fargas, 25.27

Where to apply

E-mail
mircea.epure@upf.edu

Contact

State/Province
Barcelona
City
Barcelona
Street
C. Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27
Postal Code
08005