PhD students sought on happiness and development


Are you a top economics honours or masters student in Australia interested in behavioural economics issues, including field experiments, the causes of happiness, and the cultural barriers to peace and prosperity? Then read on.

As part of an international research program into what makes regions and individuals prosperous and happy, I am looking for Australian residency-holders who want to do a PhD. The candidates need to be willing to travel through developing countries, have good grades, have good English, and have done the prerequisites for an economics PhD at the University of Queensland, such as an honours or masters in an economics program. Candidates can come from anywhere in Australia, New Zealand, or elsewhere.

I am essentially looking for students with a sense of adventure and outstanding skills in one or more of three areas: empirical skills that allow them to analyze lots of different data sets at the drop of a hat; analytical skills that make them able to cast problems into a framework of incentives and constraints; or writing skills that make them able to communicate. A demonstrated interest in the well-being and prosperity of others is also an advantage.

The PhD student would be mainly located in Brisbane as part of a regular PhD program that includes course-work, and will be part of an international research group spanning Australia, the US, and the UK that researches the regional and national determinants of happiness and prosperity, with a particular emphasis on the poorest and most needy regions of the world.

Interested students can mail me directly. Please do alert others to this opportunity. Top-ups to regular scholarships will be available.

2 Responses to "PhD students sought on happiness and development"
  1. That’s a really interesting project! I would have loved to be a part of it as that’s something I’ve always been interested in. A pity I am nearing the end of my PhD!

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