Monday, May 29, 2017

Market monitoring: macroeconomic effects of structural reforms in Italy

The Riccardo Faini Research Center, part of the Tor Vergata Economics Foundation – issues a vacancy for a Research Fellow in Macroeconomic and Competition Analysis. Tor Vergata Economics Foundation promotes cooperation among universities, institutions and the private sector, with the aim of transferring knowledge from academic research to industry and public institutions and supporting research activity and training. As a part of the Foundation, the Riccardo Faini Research Center has been created in order to support policy-oriented research, with application to the Italian economy and in connection with the institutional activities developed by the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

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

Participation requirements
The successful candidate must have:
1. Phd or Doctoral Degree, obtained or expected by May 2011, in Economics, Econometrics or Public Economics;
2. Excellent English communication skills (written and speaking) and at least basic knowledge of Italian;
3. Previous work or research experience in market analysis and competition;
4. Knowledge of programming languages (such as Rats, Matlab, Stata, SAS, R, Eviews, VBA).

Research topics
The economic literature clearly acknowledges the long-term potential benefits of structural reforms: they raise potential output; reduce unemployment and make economy more resilient to macroeconomic shocks, thereby facilitating the conduct of monetary policy. Particularly for policymakers, the key issue is identifying those markets where there are concrete problems and where structural policies could have the maximum impact.
The European Commission has developed a methodology called “Market monitoring”, aiming at improving market governance through a better understanding of market functioning..
A first application of the methodology to Italy has been carried out recently with the identification of (manufacturing and services) sectors showing signs of market malfunctioning.
The research activity will be focused on combining the results of the methodology, through an in depth analysis of the sectors identified, with the analysis of possible reforms.
The final aim will be identifying the appropriate structural reforms to better tackle the problems of market malfunctioning in the specific sectors.

Specific Tasks:
In particular, the successful candidate is expected to:
a) Survey recent literature related to market monitoring methodologies;
b) Identify possible developments of the methodology proposed by the EU Commission, hopefully also using different indicators of market performance;
c) Developing some Italian sectoral case studies with the method used in a recent analysis on the food supply chain carried out by the EU Commission;
d) Define the impact of the specific market malfunctioning on consumer and firms welfare (particularly service sector);
e) Give suggestions on possible actions for market reform;
f) Finalize the research activity developed during the period of the fellowship in working papers or occasional papers.
The research activity should be periodically reported 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;
Treasury Department 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. The selection procedure will be firstly based on the evaluation of titles; if necessary an interview will be done, even in “call conference”.


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