Economics PhD Fellowship: Taxation and Inequality
Advertiser: Nora Margot Strecker, University College Dublin
Field(s) of specialization: Public Economics
Position type(s): Research Assistant
Location of job: UCD School of Economics, Belfield, Dublin, 4, Ireland
Degree required: Masters
Job start date: 2023-09-01
Job duration: 4 years
Letters of reference required: 3
Current search status: Position filled
Posting end date: 28 Feb 2023
Ad text:

The PhD Fellowship is funded through the Ad Astra Fellowship of Dr. Nora Strecker. The project undertaken with this PhD Fellowship will be at the intersection of public economics, public finance, inequality, and international economics. Research will focus on the economic effects of different forms of taxation and how taxation has been shaped by political, social, and economic factors.

Tasks will include, among others, collecting and programming calculators for income and wealth taxation, contributing to co-authored research projects, and presenting research outputs on a regular interval.

The successful candidate will have to complete the UCD School of Economics PhD programme and be located in the research facility of UCD Geary Institute. The candidate will require skills in public economics and public finance, microeconometric methods, and an interest in taxation and inequality.

The PhD Fellowship includes:

  • Tax-free stipend of €19,500 per year for 4 years, plus additional top-ups.
  • A fee waiver for the four years.
  • €4,000 per annum to support research (conference participation and travel, purchase of a computer and software).

Mandatory Selection Criteria:

  • Master’s degree in economics, or equivalent quantitative graduate degree with knowledge of economics or quantitative social sciences
  • Experience with social science statistical data analysis software (STATA/R)
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel)
  • Analytical and critical evaluation skills
  • Excellent English communication skills including report writing and presentation skills.
  • Attention to detail and strong organisational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • An interest in public finance and taxation

Application Process:

  • Application should be made to Dr. Nora Strecker ( by January 31, 2023.
  • The application must include:
    • CV including the name of two references. Please include the letters of recommendation along with your application or have your references send them directly to the email above.
    • Copy of diplomas and transcripts of records.
    • Application letter outlining personal research interests and suitability of the Fellowship.
    • If possible, please supply an example of previous research: Bachelor or Master’s thesis, research project, etc.
  • The successful candidacy is subject to the approval of the UCD Graduate Research Board and subsequent admittance to the PhD programme via the UCD on-line system.
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