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ESR 10 The effects of governmentally enforced minimum wages on formal sector employment

Reference No.:
ESR 10

Based on the growth model for partially formalised economies, the PhD project will model and empirically test the transmission channels between minimum wages and formal sector job creation/employment and between formal sector job creation, economic growth and poverty reduction. Empirical testing will be based on panel data from SSA countries as well as on a case study from Ethiopia using time series. In the context of the case study, the PhD project will in addition carry out a labour survey to determine the employment status of the surveyed workers, distinguishing between employment in the formal sector and in the shadow economy, and informal employment.

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. Rémi Bazillier (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 at 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.
Further secondments are planned at Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungs GmbH (DEG) in Cologne, Germany (3 months) and as field research period (3 months) supervised by Bahir Dar University (Ethiopia).

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 or labour economics and panel data or time series analysis during the Masters’ would be an advantage. Previous exposure to development economics 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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