Postdocs Impact and Relevance of Financial Inclusion in Developing Countries

University of Groningen

Faculty of Economics and Business

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Job description
The department of Economics, Econometrics and Finance has two vacancies for postdoc positions in “Impact and Relevance of Financial Inclusion in Developing Countries.” The focus will be in conducting field (preferably randomized-controlled trials (RCTs)) and lab-in-the field experiments in developing countries, in order to obtain rigorous evidence on the relevance of financial inclusion in developing countries. The scope of the research is broad, and may include topics like the impact of micro-credit, the importance of savings, the relevance and impact of insurance, the consequences of credit rationing, etcetera. The research will be conducted under the direction of Prof Robert Lensink. Prof Lensink is currently supervising several experimental projects related to financial inclusion in developing countries, among others in Bolivia, Ghana, India, and Ethiopia. The postdoc will be linked to these projects. However, he/ she will also play an active role in starting-up and conducting new (experimental) projects in developing countries, preferably related to financial inclusion. He/she will have 70% research time, and 30% teaching activities in courses of the department.

- PhD in economics (preferred fields: development economics; finance (and development); micro economics; behavioural economics)
- experience in designing lab and/or field experiments
- excellent skills in econometrics/ statistics
- excellent writing skills
- knowledge of statistical packages (especially STATA)
- experience in conducting (experimental) research in developing countries
- a strong interest in publishing in top tier economics journals
- preferably teaching experience.

Conditions of employment
Contract length: 72 months.
The University of Groningen offers a salary depending on research experience and qualifications, and ranges between € 3,427 and € 4,691 (scale 11, according to university standards, The Netherlands) gross per month for a fulltime position. On top of our 12 monthly salary, we offer an 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end of year bonus, both as a percentage of the gross year salary. Favourable tax treatment may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The position is offered for a 3 year period. We will interview in the London RES meeting (3-4 January 2017) and conduct Skype interviews during the first week of January. Application You may apply for this position until 18 December / before 19 December 2016 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website). You are requested to submit: 1. A motivation letter 2. A complete curriculum vitae 3. One self-selected “best paper” 4. A short statement of your research accomplishments and future research goals 5. And indicate whether you will be available for interviewing at the London meeting. Reference letters could be send to: Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.
Maximum salary: 4691.

Additional information
For additional information, please contact:
Prof. Robert Lensink

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 216331-32

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