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MSCA-IF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of International and Spanish Economics.

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Professor Antonio Mihi Ramirez, from the Department of International and Spanish 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:

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 ( 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 ( 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 University of Granada is the second oldest University of Europe (1531). It receives students and scholars from 114 countries and it is recognized for its excellence in research in many fields. Currently it is the second University of Spain according to the Shanghai international ranking (ARWU). In 2018 the number of published scientific papers indexed in Journal Citation Reports, JCR, was near 3500, of which more than half were in Q1 journals. In addition, Granada University is developing 26 research projects under FP7 and H2020 programs, and it is currently the second University of Spain concerning national research projects. The European Commission has granted to the University of Granada (UGR) the 'HRS4R' (Human Resources Strategy for Researchers) seal, which recognizes the efforts of research institutions and entities that finance R & D when adopting a series of good practices in hiring researchers and technical personnel. The Faculty of Economics and Management comprised more than 300 teachers and researchers in 25 departments. The Faculty is one of the bigger of Granada University, with 7,300 students enrolled in this faculty during the last academic year. It has also a preeminent place main as center of research. According to the impact factor, Economics is the 3th field of knowledge with a higher number of research papers of Granada University. Percentage of International authorship in these papers is near 50%. Concerning the Department of International and Spanish Economics, here, the research group SEJ-609 “Analysis of Migration, International Economics and Knowledge, AMIKO”, coordinated by prof. Antonio Mihi-Ramirez, is a young research group focused on international Economics and migration. It is responsible of more than 100 research papers, 10 Phd thesis, 10 research projects, among others. Together with his supervisor, the successful applicant will develop a personalized Career Development Plan to expand the competencies and expertise needed for consolidation of his/her career as a researcher

Project description

Impact of employment on migration and inequality in Spain (“IEMI”)

Various theoretical approaches point to the level of unemployment as one of the main factors explaining emigration over time. The same applies to inequity. Both factors are closely related.

It has been observed for countries such as Spain that during recessive phases of the economic cycle emigration increases considerably as employment decreases. However, this situation is not corrected to the same extent when the economy improves. The impact of the level of employment on emigration is less during economic expansions than during recessions in the case of Spain. In other words, the improvement in employment has no automatic or synchronized effect on migration.

The amount of employment matters, but so does the type of employment. Job insecurity increases during recessions and remains during economic expansions in the case of Spain, where low wages and high wage inequality predominate. Moreover, after the last major global recession, there has been a substantial and sustained increase in emigration and in the levels of inequality in Spain, issues that have not occurred at this level since the 1980s.

This situation means that the impact of redistribution policies on low-income households is much less in phases of expansion than in recessions.

Therefore, this research has several objectives:

  • to investigate whether the high level of unemployment causes greater emigration and inequality in Spain than in other European countries.
  • To know how inequality is related to emigration.

Also, the redistributive policies used to reduce inequality are used in a very different way in the OECD countries. Therefore, the aim is also

  • to find out whether the redistributive policies used in Spain explain the greater increase in inequality than in other European countries, and to detect which of these policies are more effective in reducing emigration and inequality.

Research plan: 1) review of the relevant literature, 2) proposal of a study model and design of measurement instruments, 3) field work, 4) information processing and 5) dissemination of results. Dissemination plan: joint actions with socio-economic agents and publication in ISI-JCR journals.

The successful applicant is expected to contribute decisively to the research plan. Also, ability to publish in English in peer-reviewed journals and excellent knowledge of statistic methodologies are of prime importance.

Research Area

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

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Antonio Mihi Ramirez (

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)