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Labour productivity, earnings and wellbeing

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  • Full or part time
    Dr Fiona Carmichael
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Project Description

Very important: To apply for this project you need a masters level qualification in economics or closely related. The research methods used will be quantitative and the applicant needs to be able to work with large data sets and be proficient in statistical methods such as multiple regression analysis. Please do not apply unless you meet these criteria.

The broad remit of the project is to investigate the impact of social, economic and political change on workers and labour markets. Examples include the impact of the financial crisis, changes in production production processes,demographic changes and the globalisation of labour markets on the employment, working conditions and wellbeing of workers as well as their productivity. Within this overall context, the theoretical focus of the PhD research will will be framed by labour economics and microeconomic models including human capital theory, theories of discrimination, asymmetric information problems, game theory and theories of choice. However the major focus of the PhD will be empirical and applied

The researcher will need to have an academic background (to at least masters level) in either the disciplines of economics, international business management or human resource management.

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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., 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
Carmichael, F. and Ercolani, M. (2102) Age-training gaps in the European Union, Ageing and Society, doi:10.1017/S0144686X12000852

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