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ESR 1 The Effect of Foreign Direct Investment and Official Development Assistance on Job Creation and Poverty Reduction

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The PhD project investigates how to integrate job creation and poverty reduction in developing countries into models of economic growth and identifies the different transmission channels that may exist between foreign direct investment and official development assistance on the one hand and job creation, poverty reduction and economic growth on the other. The project will empirically test the suggested transmission channels using panel data regressions and will contrast the results with estimations based on extended neoclassical growth models. Data sources: WDI, PWT, Conference Board, OECD.

Recruiting University:
Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB), Germany

Partner University:
Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne (UP1), France

Research Directors:
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein (Institute of Development Research and Development Policy, RUB),
Prof. Dr. Liza Chauvet (Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne UP1, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique)

The project involves a strong collaboration between the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy, RUB, and the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique/ Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne at UP1 and includes mandatory research stays of the ESR in Paris for six months in total.
An additional six-month secondment is planned for with Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungs GmbH (DEG) in Cologne, Germany.

Specific selection criteria for this ESR position:
The successful candidate has completed an internationally recognised Masters’ programme in economics with an above-average GPA and excellent marks in economic theory as well as in econometrics. Specialisations in growth economics and panel data analysis during the Masters’ would be an advantage. Previous exposure to development economics and familiarity with development finance would be an additional plus.

Specific information regarding the recruiting university:

RUB offers a topping-up of allowances financed by the EU to allow for payment according to the salary scale for scientific staff (TVL 13).
The ESR will be a member of the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy of RUB and of the RUB Research School.

Please see also:

Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr University Bochum
Room 2.04
Universitaetsstr. 105
D-44789 Bochum

Phone:  +49-(0)234 / 32-22418
or   32-22243
Fax:   +49-(0)234 / 32-14-294
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