PhD research position on Behavioral Economics in Education

 
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PhD research position on Behavioral Economics in Education

Pursue a PhD on Behavioral Economics in Education

The human capital theory predicts that more educated persons tend to earn higher wages. This PhD research project studies how insights from behavioral economics can be employed in education. To examine the role and effectivenes of behavioral tools, we run large scale randomized controlled trials in Flemish secondary schools, as well as on the online platform ?url=www.gonna.be&module=jobs&id=4129" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.gonna.be. In the former, we study how and which insights from behavioral economics can nudge students towards specific study tracks. In the latter, we explore how suboptimal decisions can be mitigated. Since suboptimal decision-making is apparent across the ranges of educational level and socioeconomic status, there is a need for further research on the prevalence and cures for similar cognitive biases. Up to now, there is a lack of studies examining which interventions could indeed result in improved decisions. Thanks to funding by the ’Baloise Chair to Financial Well-being’, this PhD research fills this gap.

As a PhD researcher, you design the interventions (e.g. framing of the tool on the website and in Flemish secondary education) and analyse the effect by using econometric tools. Using the collected data, the PhD researcher writes at least four papers which will be submitted to peer-reviewed journals.

LEER is a research and education center of the Faculty of Economics and Business of the KU Leuven. We aim for independent state-of-the-art academic research on educational issues with economic tools (see ?url=www.feb.kuleuven.be%2Fleer&module=jobs&id=4129" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.feb.kuleuven.be/leer).

LEER is a research and education center of the Faculty of Economics and Business of the KU Leuven. We aim for independent state-of-the-art academic research on educational issues with economic tools (see ?url=www.feb.kuleuven.be%2Fleer&module=jobs&id=4129" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.feb.kuleuven.be/leer).

The Research Center ’Leuven Economics of Education Research’ (KU Leuven) is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated junior scholar to conduct a PhD in economics. The candidate should have the following qualifications:
  • You hold an EU MSc degree in Economics, Business Economics, Commercial Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mathematics, Sociology, or similar.
  • You have a keen interest in scientific research on behavioral economics, financial well-being, and more generally in education economics.
  • You have (starter) skills in statistical, econometric and quantitative data analysis and experience with statistical packages; and are keen on developing these skills further.
  • You are proficient in English; knowledge of Dutch at C1 level is a necessary condition.
  • Successful candidates are required to enter the PhD program in economics of the Faculty of Economics and Business of KU Leuven (see ?url=https%3A%2F%2Ffeb.kuleuven.be%2Fresearch%2FPhD%2FPhD&module=jobs&id=4129" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://feb.kuleuven.be/research/PhD/PhD). Tupplement your previous studies, the candidate is required to take on an individual "doctum colloquium" consisting of courses from the Master of Science in Advanced Studies in Economics. Students who have obtained a Master of Science in Advanced Studies in Economics degree from KU Leuven with honors or higher will be exempted from this doctum colloquium.

    KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR kuleuven.be.

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