Scholarship Master in Economics and Management of Network Industries


  • From November 1st 2013 to January 15th 2014.
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The liberalization and regulation of network industries and infrastructures across the world creates a need for industries and public institutions to hire skilled professionals capable of understanding these processes and participating actively in their management and regulation.

The EMIN Joint Master Programme offers the opportunity to acquire expertise in the management of network industries from a global perspective that covers both economic/regulatory and technological/management issues. In these industries, teaching, training and research are typically carried out solely by focused specialists, which usually results in a skewed perspective. The purpose of this Master is to continue integrating specialists from different backgrounds and nationalities, and to make them interact in an interdisciplinary program so as to address the main problems faced by network industries in the current context of economic crisis and environmental concern. Our master students will learn the relevant engineering, economics, policy and management principles that should guide the functioning of network and infrastructure industries with a special focus on the energy and electrical power sector. Throughout the master, students will apply these skills and knowledge to solve real-life problems, since this course is dedicated to training qualified professionals.

This Master Programme is awarded jointly by some of the most prestigious European universities. First line American and Asian universities and research institutes are also part of the programme consortium.

The EMIN Joint Master Programme was awarded in 2006 the Erasmus Mundus excellence label by the European Commission. This award was renewed for another 5 years in 2010. Therefore, scholarships granted by the European Commission will be available both for EMIN students and visiting professors during the forthcoming years. The Erasmus Mundus excellence label has only been granted so far to 126 Masters and 34 doctorates in all disciplines and Universities across Europe. Comillas also coordinates the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate in Sustainable Energy Technologies and Strategies (SETS Joint Doctorate).

The Erasmus Mundus programme aims to enhance quality in higher education through scholarships and academic cooperation between Europe and the rest of the world.

Added Value

The EMIN Joint Master Programme has an advantage over existing programmes in the added value stemming from its partners’ joint expertise, the relevance of the subjects addressed, the participation of supporting industries and institutions, and the target of offering a joint degree once legal obstacles and national legislation so allow. All these advantages ensure an impact on European competitiveness in this area, and the development of cutting-edge education and collaboration between the academic and the industrial worlds. This added value of the EMIN Joint Master Programme can be summarized in the following points: international component, renowned partners, interdisciplinary approach, industry connection, experience gained in the management of this programme, and research career opportunities.

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Netherlands : PhD Scholarships

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Master’s degree in economics, econometrics, computer science, psychology, behavioral genetics, epidemiology,

Several PhD positions for genoeconomics are available as part of a joint research initiative of Erasmus University Rotterdam and the University of Amsterdam. Genoeconomics is a newly emerging research field that investigates the molecular genetic architecture of economic preferences (e.g. risk preferences, time discounting) and important lifetime outcomes (e.g. educational attainment, happiness, self-employment). This research could be transformative for the social sciences by providing new tools and insights to study the causes of behaviors and outcomes. Furthermore, the results of this research can inform medical research by identifying relevant causal pathways for disease outcomes (e.g. cognition-related or cardio-vascular diseases) that can help to identify individuals at risk early on. The PhD candidates will be embedded in an international, interdisciplinary research team that spearheads this new research field.

Keywords

Behavioral genetics, microeconomics, molecular genetics, genoeconomics

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ERIM PhD 2013 Geneconomics

Topic

Twin and family studies show that a broad range of psychological traits, economic preferences, and social and economic outcomes are moderately heritable. Discovery of genetic variants associated with such outcomes can lead to new insights into the causal pathways underlying human behaviour, including the complex interplay of environmental and genetic factors. Thus, social scientists, including economists and management scholars, have begun to look to genetics to inform their work. The overall aim of this new interdisciplinary research field is to address the following questions:

 

i. Can particular genetic markers associated with social-science traits be identified?

 

ii. To what extent can genetic data be informative about an individual’s traits?

 

iii. How does the environment moderate genetic effects?

 

iv. How can genetic insights be integrated into the social sciences?

 

v. How can medical research benefit from insights about the genetics of social-science traits?

 

The PhD candidates will address one or several of these research questions in projects that will focus on one or several economic variables, such as educational attainment, risk preferences, time preferences, or self-employment.

 

Approach

 

As a part of this PhD project, the candidate will learn and apply modern statistical methods for the analysis of molecular genetic data. This includes, but is not limited to, genome-wide association analysis, meta-analysis, polygenic scores and heritability estimates using molecular genetic data. The necessary skills for using the appropriate statistical methods can be learned during the first year of employment. The candidate will work with data from different sources, including the Rotterdam Study, the Health and Retirement Study, the Swedish Twin Registry, and the Social Science Genetics Association Consortium (http://www.ssgac.org).

 

Literature references

 

  • D. J. Benjamin et al., The genetic architecture of economic and political preferences. PNAS. 109, 8026-8031 (2012).
  • J. P. Beauchamp et al., Molecular genetics and economics. J. Econ. Persp. 25, 57-82 (2011).
  • D. J. Benjamin et al., The promises and pitfalls of genoeconomics. Ann. Rev. Econ. 4, 627-662 (2012).
  • D. Cesarini, C. T. Dawes, M. Johannesson, P. Lichtenstein, B. Wallace, Genetic variation in preferences for giving and risk taking. Q. J. Econ. 124, 809-842 (2009).
  • C. A. Rietveld et al., Molecular genetics and subjective well-being. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2013). doi:10.1073/pnas.1222171110
  • Van der Loos, Matthijs J.H.M., et al., The molecular genetic architecture of self-employment. PLoS ONE. 8(4), e60542 (2013).
  • C. A. Rietveld et al., GWAS of 126,559 individuals identifies genetic variants associated with educational attainment. Science. 340, 1467-1471 (2013).
  • R. Plomin, J. DeFries, V. Knopik, J. Neiderhiser, Behavioral Genetics (Worth Publishers, ed. 6th edition, 2013).

 

Cooperation

 

The position will be affiliated with the newly established Erasmus University Rotterdam Institute of Biology and Economic Behavior (EURIBEB) and can be located at the Erasmus School of Economics or the Amsterdam Business School. The candidate will be part of a team that is leading this research effort, including Albert Hofman (Epidemiology), Roy Thurik (Economics), Patrick Groenen (Econometrics), and Philipp Koellinger (Economics & Business). Furthermore, the candidate will work closely with the principal investigators of the Social Science Genetics Association Consortium (Daniel Benjamin at Cornell University, David Cesarini at New York University and Philipp Koellinger at the University of Amsterdam) and Magnus Johannesson at the Stockholm School of Economics. Research visits at one or several of our international collaborators are encouraged. The team is internationally leading the development of this new interdisciplinary research field.

 

Expected output

 

The outcome of the project will consist in a number of research papers that will form the contents of the PhD dissertation. The project is designed to result in publications in leading academic journals in the areas of economics, medicine and genetics.

 

Scientific relevance

 

Genoeconomics could have several important impacts, including the following three:

 

1. Understanding individual differences

 

Studying the molecular genetics of behaviour has the potential to be transformative for the social sciences because it addresses fundamental questions that social scientists are interested in: Why are people different from each other? Why do they do the things they do? A better understanding of the biological foundations of behaviour may identify structural parameters of theoretical models in the social sciences and provide an empirical basis for decomposing crude theoretical constructs (e.g., time preference) into more primitive, truly exogenous attributes.

 

2. Understanding causal pathways from biology to behaviour and outcomes

 

Once robust associations between genes and social scientific outcomes have been established, researchers are able to use genetic data to learn about the causal pathways of the outcomes they are interested in. This could lead to completely new insights that could be useful in improving theory and predicting behaviour.

 

3. Improving traditional empirical research in the social sciences

 

Social scientists may be able to use genetic data to improve traditional empirical research. In particular, genetic data can be used to better understand how the environment influences behaviour and economic outcomes. For example, an important concern is to understand the effects of public policy interventions such as expensive programs aiming to increase student achievement. Genetic information can be used to improve the precision of causal effect estimates of such interventions, especially in the context of randomized experiments where controlling for unobserved genetic heterogeneity can increase the statistical power to identify the effects of the treatment. In the latter context, genetic information can substitute, to some extent, for sample size in the experiment. This is particularly useful if the experiment is expensive, the number of participants in the experiment cannot be increased, and if genetic information of the participants is available at low or no additional cost.

 

Societal relevance

 

Insights from genoeconomics can contribute to several important societal goals:

 

1. Improving public policy: Genoeconomics can inform our understanding of how to craft effective public policies via different routes, including:

 

– A better understanding of the causal pathways contributing towards individual differences, behaviour, and socio-economic outcomes;

 

– Shedding light on the complex interplay between environmental conditions, public policies, and genetic predispositions of individuals;

 

– Developing and apply tools that contribute to the evaluation of the effectiveness of public policies, by using genetic data to get more precise estimates of the causal effects of such interventions.

 

2.  Contributing to better public health and lower health costs: The onset of many heritable diseases can be delayed or even prevented if individuals at risk are identified early and accurately. Even if the onset of disease cannot be prevented, early diagnosis can open up additional, effective treatment options and result in overall cost savings. Thus, early identification of people at risk can contribute towards increasing health outcomes and lowering the long-run costs of treatment. Genoeconomics can help contribute to these important goals in two ways:

 

– Improve existing statistical methods that use genetic data to identify persons at risk for heritable diseases in general;

 

– Leverage the insights from the genoeconomics to enable early diagnosis of people at risk for cognition-related disease such as dementia.

 

PhD candidate profile

 

Candidates should have a recently completed Master’s degree in economics, econometrics, computer science, psychology, behavioral genetics, epidemiology, or another field that provides a sufficient background in statistics. Good computer skills and some knowledge of programming languages are an advantage. Furthermore, curiosity and an interest to work in an interdisciplinary environment are regarded as assets.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 18 November 2013

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Austria : Doctoral Positions in the area of Financial Econometrics and Statistics

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Applicants should have an above-average degree in economics, statistics, econometrics, mathematics or related fields with a solid background in statistics, econometrics and empirical finance. The successful applicants are supposed to serve as teaching and research assistants and to collaborate with the research group of Prof. Nikolaus Hautsch on the borderline between statistics, econometrics and finance. They are expected to write a doctoral dissertation in statistics, econometrics or empirical economics/finance. Moreover, they are supposed to participate in one of the doctoral programs at Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics. Good English language skills are indispensable.

To apply, please send your CV and certificates (by e-mail or post) to Madlen Stottmeyer.

Deadline: October 30th 2013

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Application Deadline : 31 October 2013

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PhD scholarships at Copenhagen School of Social Sciences,Master and Bachelor Apply

PhD scholarships at Copenhagen School of Social Sciences

Applications are invited for PhD scholarships at Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen. Employment is to begin on 1 September 2013.
The PhD programme provides PhD students with strong research training which opens up a window of opportunity to a variety of careers within the private and public sectors. The programme includes the drafting of a PhD thesis, active participation in research networks, PhD courses, and teaching and other forms of knowledge dissemination. The PhD programme can be undertaken as a three year full-time study within the framework of the 5+3 study programme, or as a four year full-time study within the framework of the 4+4 study programme.
Information
Further information about the study programmes of each department is available on the Graduate School´s website:
Applicants should familiarize themselves with the research strategy and the ongoing research at the relevant department before submitting their application. Further information can be found:
Applications
  • The Faculty welcomes applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of age, gender, race, religion, ethnic background and citizenship.
  • In order to be awarded a PhD scholarship the applicant has to enrol as a PhD student at the Faculty of Social Sciences, cf. the rules of the Danish Ministerial Order No. 18 of 14 January 2008.
  • An assessment committee will evaluate the applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee. When the assessment committee has finished the evaluation, each applicant will receive the evaluation of his/her application.
  • Please note that normally there is strong competition for these scholarships, and only a few can be awarded each term.
Further information
  • Department of Economics: Further information about the PhD study programme in Economics will be available at an orientation meeting on 3 April 2013 from 10.00 to 11.00 at the Centre for Health and Society, Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 Copenhagen K, Department of Economics, Building 26, 2nd floor, Room 26.2.21. Further information: http://www.econ.ku.dk/english/phd/
  • Department of Political Science: Further information about the PhD study programme in Political Science will be available at an orientation meeting on 4 April 2013 from 15.00 to 17.00 at the Centre for Health and Society, Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 Copenhagen K, Department of Political Science, Entrance E, 2nd floor, room 4.2.26 (Frokoststuen), the “Lunch Room”. Further information: http://polsci.ku.dk/english/phd/
  • Department of Psychology: Further information about the PhD study programme in Psychology will be available at an orientation meeting on 9 April 2013 at 14:00 at Øster Farimagsgade 2A, 1353 Copenhagen K, the cantine 1st floor. Further information: http://psychology.ku.dk/phd_programme/. Link to the research catalogue of the Department of Psychology: http://psychology.ku.dk/phd_programme/research_catalogue/
Scholarships offered for the 5+3 and the 4+4 PhD study programmes
The 5+3 PhD study programme
In order to be eligible for a scholarship in the 5+3 PhD study programme the applicant must have completed a two year master´s degree programme or have earned 120 ECTS credits at an equivalent academic level before starting his or her employment. Applicants should check the specific study programmes for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. PhD students are paid a salary in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The PhD student has a work obligation of up to 840 hours over the 3 year period of time without additional pay. The work obligation can for instance include teaching.
The 4+4 PhD study programme
Students who have completed a BSc and 60 ECTS of a master´s degree programme can enrol as PhD students simultaneously with their enrolment in the master´s degree programme. Applicants should check the specific study programmes for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. Until a master´s degree is obtained the grant is paid partly in the form of up to 48 state education grant portions (in Danish: SU-klip). More specifically the PhD student will be paid two grant portions per month plus salary for work (teaching, presentations etc.) which totals a workload of at least 280 hours. Payment and conditions of employment are carried out in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). Upon completion of the master´s degree programme the student is transferred to a salary-earning PhD scholarship.
On this website you will also find a time schedule for applicants for your information. Under “Legal basis” on the website you will find information about the rules and guidelines for the PhD programme and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities.
The application must be submitted electronically no later than 1 May 2013.
Applications can be submitted online via the Graduate School´s website:
or directly here:
Political Science: IMPORTANT. Please note that a special supplementary project application form must be enclosed with applications for the Department of Political Science. You will find the form here: http://polsci.ku.dk/uddannelser/phd/bilag/Applicationform.docx/This form replaces separate enclosures; research proposal, short study plan and budget. Use the category “Project description”.
Psychology: IMPORTANT. Please note that a special supplementary project application form must be enclosed with applications for the Department of Psychology. You will find the form here: http://www.psy.ku.dk/forskning/phd/ansoegningsskema/
This form replaces separate enclosures; research proposal, short study plan and budget. Use the category “Project description”.
Please note that it is only possible to upload one document per attachment category. If more than one document has to be uploaded in the same category, please make sure that they are scanned and collected in one file.
Applications received after deadline will not be taken into account.
Please note: Applications sent by regular mail or by e-mail will not be accepted.
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Founded in 1479, the University of Copenhagen is the oldest university in Denmark. With 37,000 students and 9,000 employees, it is among the largest universities in Scandinavia and one of the highest ranking in Europe. The University consists of six faculties, which cover Health and Medical Sciences, Humanities, Law, Science, Social Sciences and Theology.
Deadline: 01-05-2013
Publisher: Faculty of Social Sciences

Berlin Doctoral Program in Economics and Management Science (BDPEMS)

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Benefit from a unique research environment

Berlin Doctoral Program in Economics and Management Science (BDPEMS)

Embedded in Berlin’s unique and manifold academic environment, the Berlin Doctoral Program in Economics and Management Science (BDPEMS) provides outstanding doctoral students with state-of-the-art training in economics, finance, econometrics, and management science. The program offers scholarships of up to three years depending on academic excellence and study performance.

BDPEMS at a glance

  • Structured doctoral education in economics and management science
  • Financial support in the form of scholarships
  • Broad network of institutions and researchers
  • Fast track for students with a bachelor’s degree
  • International focus
  • and – last but not least – the inspiring research atmosphere of Germany’s capital.

The program prepares students for cutting-edge research in a broad range of fields by following leading international standards, with an emphasis on rigorous analytical methods and quantitative analysis. It provides core education in macroeconomics, microeconomics, management science, and econometrics.

The faculty consists of internationally renowned scholars from:
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Freie Universität Berlin
Technische Universität Berlin
European School of Management and Technology (ESMT)
Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB)

The program cooperates with the Graduate Center of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW).

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