Friday, September 18, 2020

Current account imbalances and structural adjustment in the euro area: a policyperspective

The fellowship involves full time job during 12 months in Rome (Italy).

Participation requirements

The successful candidate must have:

  1. PhD or Doctoral Degree in Economics obtained or expected by May 2011;
  2. Good knowledge of international economics and fiscal policy;
  3. Excellent English communication skills (written and speaking) and at least basic knowledge of Italian;
  4. Previous work experience in policy-related institutions is desirable;
  5. Knowledge of programming languages (such as Rats, Matlab, Stata, SAS, R, Eviews, VBA).

Research topics

Considering the new framework for the European governance, the successful candidate will be expected to address broad areas underlying competitiveness divergences and structural macroeconomic imbalances across euro area countries. What should be done to prevent future imbalances? Implementing a much stronger fiscal discipline at national level or developing better vigilance of financial markets? Introducing measures that deliver increasing productivity and competitiveness? This would include tasks such as gathering, analysing, and summarising contents and results of both relevant available research and institutional documents in the fields of interest. The general aim should be to assess the different policy options and advice on their comparative feasibility.

Specific Tasks:

The successful candidate will, in particular, be expected to:

  1. Carry out a survey on the literature related to competitiveness and macroeconomic imbalances within a currency union;
  2. Analyse reports and studies issued by the European Commission from a theoretical point of view;
  3. Provide a range of policy option;
  4. Finalize the research activity developed during the period of the fellowship in working papers or occasional papers.

The research activity should be periodically reported to Tor Vergata Economics Foundation.

Place of work

The research activity will be carried out in Rome, at the Institutions involved in the research:

  • Tor Vergata Economics Foundation, School of Economics, “Tor Vergata” University;
  • Department of the Treasury of the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance;

Scientific Committee

A Scientific Committee will be responsible for the selection procedure and will identify the winner of the fellowship. Theselection procedure will be firstly based on the evaluation of titles; if necessary an interview will be done, even in “callconference”.


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