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Two Postdoc Research Fellowships in Economics (Italy) Deadline: June 20, 2018

The Bologna University (Italy)

The Department of Economics

Application Deadline

June 20, 2018

Program Commencement

October, 2018

Duration of the Program

24 Months

 Program Details

The University of Bologna, one of the most prestigious of Italian universities, is a leading academic institution in Italy and Europe, often considered a point of reference for European culture. The Department of Economics of the Bologna University (Italy) offers Postdoc positions financed by the Italian Ministry of Education and Research. The fellowships are offered in the context of the project  entitled “The Legacy of History for Long Term Development”.

The focus of the research is on the determinants of long-term comparative development and contemporary socioeconomic outcomes, with a special focus on the role – the emergence, evolution, and disappearance – of institutions at the disaggregate level and their interactions with geographic and socio-economic variables. The project requires dealing with multi-disciplinary problems with a wide spectrum of theoretical and empirical techniques. The full time positions target young researchers with some background in literature. Knowledge of specific tools and methods for systematic data collection is desirable. The researchers will carry out datasets construction using original historical and modern economic sources exploiting data collection techniques.

Admission Requirements

See Institutions, Development and Economic Growth for a close reading on the influence of and the mechanisms by which institutions affect development!

The candidates are expected to have:

  • Good knowledge of Stata, GIS, Python, R, and other softwares.
  • PhD degree in Economics or related fields, or research experience at a PhD level .
  • Good theoretical base and empirical skills.
  • Ability to work in teams.

At a full-time salary of € 19.367 per annum that is exempt from withholding tax and includes all statutory social security charges. The positions come with research funds, equipment, and endowment for travelling.

The fellowship is for 1+1 years. No. of vacancies: 2

 Application Process

Find the call for the position, here and here.

Please note that the applications can be submitted online only. To register and apply, click here.

For more information about this position, please contact Professor Matteo Cervellati at

The interviews of shortlisted candidates will take place on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at 14:00 CET and can be carried out also by Skype.

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