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ESR 4 Labour regulation and economic performance in SSA

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Labour regulations are likely to have strong effects both on the formal and informal economy. We are interested in their effects on workers (wages, employment, occupation, etc.) and firms (productivity, sales, exports, etc.). Rapid development of micro-databases on employment (labour force surveys) or firms (enterprise surveys) allows for the exploration of new dimensions of the economic effects of labour regulations. We are specifically interested in the effects minimum wages, social protection or employment protection bring about for workers and firms. A specific focus can be made on possible spillover effects on the informal economy.
The first goal will be to review different labour market institutions in Sub-Saharan countries. An exhaustive review of policy changes in these three dimensions (minimum wage, social protection and employment protection) should be made. The objective is then to conduct different empirical studies focusing on specific institutions and/or specific countries. Micro-Macro analyses can be used to assess the effects within and between countries simultaneously.

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

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

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

The project involves a strong collaboration between the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique/ Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne at UP1 and the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy at RUB and includes mandatory research stays of the ESR in Bochum for six months in total.
Further secondments are planned at Agence Française de Développement (3 months) and as field research periods (1,5 months each) supervised by the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and Bahir Dar University (Ethiopia)

Specific selection criteria for this ESR position:
The successful candidate has completed an internationally recognised Masters’ programme in economics with above-average GPA and excellent marks in econometrics. Specialisations in development economics and labour economics during the Masters’ would be an advantage. The candidate should have solid knowledge in econometrics software (Stata or R). Knowledge in geo-localized data and software (QGIS) would be an additional plus.

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

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