PhD scholarships on Debt Behavior at Center for Economic Behaviour and Inequality (CEBI), UCPH
The Department of Economics and CEBI is pleased to announce openings for two fully-funded PhD scholarships as part of the research project, 'Labour market effects and debt re-organization from wage garnishment.'
In a financial landscape where households owe a staggering 150 billion DKK to the Danish government, imagine the challenge of collecting unpaid debts from countless individuals. Our mission is to unveil the stories of these debtors, decipher their strategies for overcoming financial challenges, and explore the broader impacts. Do they find themselves caught in a web of debt elsewhere, struggling to break free? How does wage garnishment affect their labor supply, and what ripple effects does it send through their families? Moreover, how does this massive debt overhang shape inequality in society?
To answer these questions, you will work with extensive administrative datasets, providing a unique opportunity to delve into the intricate dynamics of how individuals navigate between debt, work, and family.
Join the project and collaborate with a team of senior researchers consisting of Søren Leth-Petersen (Professor), Peer Skov (Associate Professor), and Jonas Maibom (Associate Professor). Successful candidates will not only work closely with senior researchers but also have the chance to pursue independent research. We invite you to include an outline of a potential independent research project in your application, focusing on studying individuals' debt to the government. Your outline should articulate and justify a research question, as well as discuss data sources and empirical designs to address it.
As a PhD student you will be affiliated with Center for Economic Behavior and inequality, CEBI, a center of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation. The main goal of CEBI is to provide cutting-edge empirical research on the role of behavior in generating inequality and its underlying sources. CEBI combines several fields and methods: Public Economics, Labor Economics, Health Economics, Behavioral Economics, Household Finance, Political Economics, Microeconometrics, Experimental and Survey Methods and Structural Modelling. The current group includes 14 senior researchers, 11 junior researchers, 12 PhD students, 7 research assistants and 7 international researchers from New York University, Pompeu Fabra University, Princeton University and University of Zürich. For further information about CEBI see www.econ.ku.dk/cebi.
The deadline for submitting application is March 1, 2024. The expected starting date of the PhD position is September 1, 2024. Scholarships can be either 5+3, 4+4 or 3+5 (see below).
How to apply
Please submit your application at our online portal. The application must contain the following documents (in Adobe PDF or Word formats):
- Cover letter
- Outline of research project (1-2 pages)
- Curriculum Vitae
- Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
Duties and Responsibilities
General information about the PhD study programme is available on the website of Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences:
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.
Information about the PhD study programme is also available on the PhD website of the Department of Economics, see https://www.econ.ku.dk/phd/
- The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding society, and invites all qualified applicants, regardless of personal background, to apply for the position.
- In order to be awarded a PhD scholarship the applicant has to enroll as a PhD student at the Faculty of Social Sciences, cf. the rules of the Danish Ministerial order No 1039 of 27 August 2013.
Scholarship in the 5+3, 4+4, or in the 3+5 PhD study programme
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 MSc degree programme, or have earned 120 ECTS credits at an equivalent academic level before starting his or her employment. Applicants should check the 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 include for instance teaching.
The 4+4 PhD study programme
Students who have completed a BSc plus 60 ECTS of an MSc degree programme would enrol as PhD students simultaneously with their enrolment in the MSc degree programme. Applicants should check the study programmes for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. Until an MSc 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 MSc degree the student is transferred to the salary-earning part of the PhD studies.
The 3+5 study programme
Students who have completed a BSc would enrol as PhD students simultaneously with their enrolment in the MSc degree programme. Applicants should check the study programmes for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. Until an MSc 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 one grant portions per month during the first two years, and two grant portions per month for during the last year. The student will also receive 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 MSc degree the student is transferred to the salary-earning part of the PhD studies.
On the website of Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences you will find information about the application process, and enclosures to include with your electronic application:
The recruitment process
Further information on the recruitment process at University of Copenhagen can be found here: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/
The following criteria are used when shortlisting candidates for assessment:
1. Research qualifications as reflected in the project proposal.
2. Quality and feasibility of the proposed project.
3. Qualifications and knowledge in relevant Economics disciplines.
4. Performance (grades obtained) in graduate and post-graduate studies.
5. Department of Economics can offer adequate supervision for the research topic in question.
Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process here.
An Equal Opportunity Workplace
The University of Copenhagen is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to creating an inclusive working environment and therefore encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of personal background, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, ethnicity etc. For more on the diverse working place environment at the University and the University’s participation in the HRS4R HR Excellence in Research, see https://employment.ku.dk/working-at-ucph/eu-charter-for-researchers/
The University of Copenhagen offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including support before and during your relocation and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about these services as well as information on entering and working in Denmark here: https://ism.ku.dk/
Information about the recruitment process is available from HR, e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org , please refer to ID number: 211-1648/23-2H #1.
Additional information about the position can be obtained from Søren Leth-Petersen, e-mail: email@example.com.
The closing date for applications is 23:59 CET March 1, 2024.
Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into account.
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