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Doctoral Contract Economics – Motivated Beliefs and Strategic Interactions (Department of Economics, Sciences Po Paris, UMR 8259)

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General information

Reference : UMR8259-MARCAL-004
Workplace : PARIS 07
Date of publication : Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Scientific Responsible name : Jeanne Hagenbach
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 October 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly

Description of the thesis topic

The PhD thesis will be written as part of the project MOREV (Motivated Reading of Evidence) financed by and ERC Starting Grant and whose pilot is Jeanne Hagenbach, researcher at CNRS and Professor of Economics at Sciences Po Paris.

The MOREV project aims at better understanding when and how economic agents reach and maintain “motivated beliefs” (in the sense of psychology), and more generally to incorporate into existing economic models the fact that beliefs sometimes have a direct impact on individuals' well-being. This project is divided into two parts: the first part deals with how agents form beliefs about their environment and the second part is devoted to study how individuals form beliefs about the agents with who they interact strategically. The PhD thesis, supervised mainly by Jeanne Hagenbach, will focus on this second part. The objective is, in particular, to reflect about motivated beliefs in the contexts of team work and competitions, and to think of incentives when agents are “psychological”. The methodology mostly will consist in developing theoretical models but will also involve the running of experiments (online or in the lab) and the analysis of empirical data.

Jeanne Hagenbach is searching for a creative student who has a strong background in economic theory (game theory and microeconomic theory) and who has good knowledge in behavioral economics.

Work Context

The PhD candidate will be a student of the Doctoral School of Sciences Po Paris and affiliated to the Department of Economics of this institution. This department is made up of about 30 researchers covering all fields of economics. For more information: http://econ.sciences-po.fr/

The PhD student will be part of a research group in economic theory gathering researchers and Phd students from Sciences Po and the Paris School of Economics.

Jeanne Hagenbach has received several awards for her research and was awarded the Bronze Medal of CNRS in 2016: https://sites.google.com/site/hagenbachjeanne/

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