30/04/2021
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

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

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  • OFFER DEADLINE
    28/08/2021 10:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    HE / MSCA
  • LOCATION
    Spain, Granada
  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    International Research Projects Office
  • DEPARTMENT
    Promotion and Advisory Unit
  • LABORATORY
    NA

Professor Alberto Ruiz-Villaverde from the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Granada, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA-PF) in 2021 at this University. Please note that applicants must comply with the Mobility Rule (more information about the 2020 call: http://sl.ugr.es/0aNV, the 2021 call is not yet open).

Brief description of the institution:

The University of Granada (UGR), founded in 1531, is one of the largest and most important universities in Spain. With over 60.000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and 6.000 staff. UGR offers a total of 89 degrees, 110 master’s degrees and 28 doctoral programmes through its 123 departments and 27 centers. Consequently, the UGR offers one of the most extensive and diverse ranges of higher education programmes in Spain.

The UGR has 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. UGR is also a leading institution in research, located in the top 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 - Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) (http://sl.ugr.es/0bsW). The UGR is amongst the 201-300 first universities of the world, between 2nd-5th position of Spanish universities and number 1 in the Andalusian Region in the Shanghai Top 500 ranking. Specialties at UGR that stand out are Library & Information Science (position 32) and Food Science & Technology (position 36). Moreover, the UGR is also situated amongst the first 100 universities in Mining & Mineral Engineering between (76th-100th position), in Mathematics (between 76th-100th position) and in Hospitality & Tourism Management (between 76th-100th position). The edition of the ARWU places the UGR in 201-300th 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.

Additionally, the UGR has 8 researchers at the top of the Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list in Computer Sciences & Engineering (position 101-150). It is also well recognized for its web presence (http://sl.ugr.es/0a6i), being positioned at 43th 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 67 projects, with total funding of 18.029 million euros, and for H2020, 118 projects with total funding around 29.115 million euros.

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group:

The Department of Applied Economics fosters topics related to the application of economic theory and econometrics in specific settings. As one of the two sets of fields of economics (the other set being the core), it is typically characterized by the application of the core, i.e. economic theory and econometrics, to address practical issues in a range of fields including demographic economics, labor economics, business economics, industrial organization, agricultural economics, development economics, education economics, engineering economics, financial economics, health economics, monetary economics, public economics, and economic history.

Project description:

There is an open debate about whether teaching standard economics fosters more individualistic,

competitive and selfish behaviour in students.

Nowadays, the study of economics is configured largely as an analysis of human behaviour, individual decisions and their interactions. In order to perform the analytical construction of the economic theory, a pattern of behavior to individuals has to be assumed (classified as homo economicus). In doing so, individuals are rational and motivated exclusively to satisfy their own self-interest. Additionally, when self-interested individuals try to optimise their decisions in competitive markets, the best solution (i.e. the best resource allocation in a society) is reached. Hence, it seems very logical to establish a debate as to whether or not studying these (standard) economic models (oriented to pro-competitive markets) encourages economic students to behave in that particular manner.

Three empirical methods have been used in order to test whether economic students develop a less pro-social behaviour: (i) questionnaires which ask about students’ attitudes; (ii) laboratory experiments; and, (iii) field or natural experiments (i.e. look at real life).

The results of these studies are inconclusive. Some of them obtained evidence that economics students behave in a less pro-social manner, primarily due to an indoctrination effect derived from the study of standard economics. Other studies found no differences in behaviour between economics students and cohorts from other areas. Finally, a third type of studies found differences in behaviour among economics students; but, these differences are due to a self-selection effect. Individuals who are originally less pro-social choose to study economics or business administration. Therefore, more research is need on this topic.

Research Area:

  • Economic Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities (ECO-SOC)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Alberto Ruiz-Villaverde (albertorv@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)

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