Thursday, October 27, 2011
SCHOLARSHIP: Two PhD Positions in the Institutional & Behavioural Economics group (ZMT Bremen)
The Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology GmbH (Leibniz-ZMT GmbH) in Bremen is a member of the Leibniz Association, which is supported by the German Federal and State Governments. Through its research, Leibniz-ZMT GmbH contributes to developing science-based strategies for sustainable use of tropical coastal systems (www.zmt-bremen.de).
The newly established working group “Institutional & Behavioural Economics” is looking for 2 PhD candidates in economics:
- Economist -- natural experiments (pdf). The working group is looking first for an economist (Master degree or equivalent), who is interested in behavioural economics and is ready to do experiments on environmental awareness of users of coastal resources (reefs and beaches) in the Philippines. Monitoring and enforcement of sustainable behaviour is extremely costly in those ecosystems and therefore, awareness raising measures (e.g. information and infrastructure) might often be more cost-effective instruments then using monetary incentives. We want to test with the help of natural experiments the effectiveness of those instruments.
- Economist -- field and laboratory experiments (pdf). The working group is looking for an economist who wants to do laboratory experiments on cooperative behaviour at the Social Science Lab at Jacobs University. The candidate will analyse adaptation to climate change when resource users face a gradual change vs. a shock in the ecological system they are operating in or when uncertainty increases. The Project is a joint venture with the System Ecology group at ZMT, which is using the experimental data for elaborating the yet existing resource model further.