Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

MSCA-IF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of Applied Economics.

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    01/07/2020 11:30 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Maria Dolores Jimenez Rubio, from the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Granada, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF) in 2020 at this University. Please note that applicants must comply with the Mobility Rule (more information: http://sl.ugr.es/0aNV).

Brief description of the institution:

The University of Granada (UGR), founded in 1531, is one of the largest and most important universities in Spain. The UGR has been awarded with the "Human Resources Excellence in Research (HRS4R)", which reflects the UGR’s commitment to continuously improve its human resource policies in line with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The UGR is also a leading institution in research, located in the top 5/10 of Spanish universities by a variety of ranking criteria, such as national R&D projects, fellowships awarded, publications, or international funding.

UGR is one of the few Spanish Universities listed in the Shanghai Top 500 ranking (http://sl.ugr.es/0aw0). The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) places the UGR in 268th position in the world and as the 4th highest ranked University in Spain, reaffirming its position as an institution at the forefront of national and international research. From the perspective of specialist areas in the ARWU rankings, the UGR is outstanding in Documentation (ranked in the 36th in the world) or Food science technology (ranked 37th in the world), Mathematics and Computer Science (ranked among the top 76-100 in the world).

The UGR has 4 researchers at the top of the Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list in the Computer Science area. With regard to broader subject fields, the UGR is ranked in 45th position in the universities worldwide in the discipline of Engineering. It is also well recognized for its web presence (http://sl.ugr.es/0a6i) taking 36th place in the top 200 Universities in Europe. Internationally, we bet decidedly by our participation in the calls of the Framework Programme of the European Union. For the duration of the last two Framework Programmes, the UGR has obtained a total of 66 projects, with total funding of 18.02 million euros, and for H2020, 80 projects with total funding around 20.6 million euros.

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group

The candidate will be incorporated in the research group of Public Economy and Globalization, located in the department of Applied Economics, UGR. The research group consists of 20 senior and young researchers. The lines of research of the research group perfectly fit with the ones carried out by the candidate, which include health economics, quantitative economics, impact evaluation, survey data analysis, and experimental economics amongst others.

My main lines of research are in the field of public and health economics, areas in which I have published extensively in top international journals. In addition to teaching courses mainly in the area of public economics, I am also teaching health economics in several postgraduate programmes. In terms of research, I have led a Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness research project (ECO2015-66553-R) on health system evaluation since 2016 in collaboration with the University of Insubria in Italy and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (London). I worked previously on projects relating the research lines of the candidates, and among them, one focusing on the socioeconomic determinants of health led by the World Health Organization (results published in the journal Health Economics). In 2011, I won a prestigious research award (http://www.aes.es/beca-investigacion/) funded by Bayer, and I have recently been awarded a prize for the best article in Health Economics by the Spanish Health Economics Association (AES), 2018 (http://www.aes.es/premio-mejor-articulo/). I have successfully supervised a PhD (Cum Laudem, cotutelle international with the University of Bordeaux), and several postgraduate students. I am currently supervising a PhD in the final year of doctoral program (FPI Award, cotutelle international with the University of Insubria) and a PhD in the first year of doctoral program (FPU Award), both funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.

Project description

Population ageing and the rapid change in lifestyle patterns in modern societies are associated with an increase in the occurrence of chronic conditions, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol. Type 2 diabetes (T2D), in particular, is now a major public health concern among both high and low/middle-income countries. According to the WHO (2016), we are currently experiencing a diabetes “epidemic.” The number of adults with T2D has grown from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014. In 2016, an estimated 1.6 million deaths were directly linked with T2D and, by 2030, this condition is projected to be the seventh leading cause of death worldwide. Despite its relevance, there is still limited robust evidence on the economic and health related consequences T2D diagnosis may have on the society.

Accordingly, the aim of this project is to provide robust causal evidence on the effect of T2D diagnosis on a series of relevant outcomes including: (1) lifestyle behaviours, (2) mental health, and (3) cost and health care utilisation outcomes, by exploiting a uniquely suited quasi-experimental setting.

This project will contribute to the literature in several ways. First, we will provide causal evidence on the relationship between T2D and several economic and health-related outcomes in a European setting. Secondly, this will be one of the first empirical studies to produce reliable estimates on the impact of T2D on mental health. This is relevant as mental ill-health is currently one of the most widespread and costly chronic conditions in Europe as well as the second largest contributor to the burden of disease (disability-adjusted life years – DAlys), accounting for -19% of the total (WHO, 2015). Finally, the long time span covered by the data will allow us to study evolution of the long-term effects overtime, which may very relevant when analysing the relationship between T2D and some of the key variables, particularly mental health

Research Area

Social Sciences and Humanities (SOC) and Economic Sciences (ECO)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Maria Dolores Jimenez Rubio (dolores@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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