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Labour market policy issues relating to population ageing, gender and/or ethnicity: Using panel data or other large data sets

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  • Full or part time
    Dr Fiona Carmichael
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Project Description

Please contact [email protected] for details regarding the application procedure for the PhD programme in the Business School at the University of Birmingham

Very Important: to apply for this project you need a masters level qualification in economics or a strong background in statistical analysis such as regression analysis. It would also be helpful if you had previously worked with panel data. You will need to write a research proposal.

The research would involve quantitative analysis of panel data or other large data sets, but priority will be given to those wishing to work with the BHPS/Understanding Society or ELSA data sets or similar panel data sets collected in other countries. Prospective students need to be competent in using econometric or more general statistical techniques such as multiple regression to test hypotheses relating to the labour market.

Topic area
Issues relating to gender and age that concern employment (paid or voluntary): retirement decision making, informal caregiving and the relationship between paid and unpaid work would all be of relevance.

In addition your research proposal should ideally fall within the scope of the following ESRC strategic priorities:

1. Influencing behaviour and Informing Interventions – Create a better understanding of how and why people and organisations make decisions, and how these can be managed or influenced.
2. A vibrant and fair society – Develop ways to enhance the role and contributions of citizens, voluntary sector organisations and social enterprises to create a vibrant national and global society.

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Funding Notes

The University of Birmingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) is one of 21 across the UK that has been accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). These awards are available to UK/EU students; they cover tuition fees at UK/EU rates, plus a maintenance stipend (of around £13,590). For 2013 we were able to offer 14 ESRC scholarships to fund postgraduate training and doctoral research. The deadline for applications was 4pm, Monday 28 January 2013. The 2014 competition is not yet open; please check back later in the year for more details. Full details are available here:


Carmichael F., Hulme. C., Ingham. B., Porcellato, L., and Prashar, A., (2010) Giving older workers a voice; constraints on employment, Work Employment and Society, Volume 24 Issue 1, March 2010, 85-103 (ABS 4)
Carmichael F., Charles, S. and Hulme, C. T., (2010) Who will care? Employment status and willingness to supply informal care, Journal of Health Economics, 29, 182-90 (ABS 3)

How good is research at University of Birmingham in Business and Management Studies?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 53.10

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