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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

PhD student scholarship on "Modelling and Normative Assessment of Collective Decisions", Hamburg, GERMANY

The Departments of Philosophy and Economics at Hamburg University invite 
applications for a PhD scholarship (1100  per month, tax free; up to 
three years) within the graduate group (?kleine Graduiertengruppe?) 
?Modelling and Normative Assessment of Collective Decisions?.

Ideally, candidates have a Master's degree in a multidisciplinary 
programme including at least two of the disciplines philosophy, economics, 
or political studies. Candidates with degrees in one of the disciplines or 
any related interdisciplinary field will also be considered. We 
particularly like to encourage candidates with a background in political 
science to apply. Applicants should be interested in topics at the 
intersection of economics, politics, and philosophy (see the project 
description below). They should also be interested in collaborative and 
interdisciplinary research. Residency in Hamburg or in commutable distance 
is mandatory.

Candidates are expected to complete a PhD thesis in an area related to the 
group?s general topic. They will be supervised by members of both 
departments. The graduate group consists of two other PhD students and 
several senior scholars as listed below. It offers extensive support and a 
dedicated work space. Candidates will present their research in regular 

Please send your application (preferably by email), including a CV, an 
outline of your proposed thesis in relation to the project (2-3 pages) as 
well as an academic reference letter to

Wiebke Probst, Universitt Hamburg, Fakultt Wirtschafts- und 
Sozialwissenschaften, Fachbereich Volkswirtschaftslehre, Von-Melle-Park 5, 
20146 Hamburg


The closing date is 15 April 2013.

Project description:

The topic of the research group is collective decision making. The main 
focus is on the behavioural foundations, modelling and normative 
assessment of collective decisions. The project encompasses fundamental 
research in behavioural economics, ethics and philosophy of science as 
well as specific applications of collective decision making, like the 
provision of public goods, institutions in the welfare state, electoral 
competition etc. Both theoretical and empirical approaches, e.g. field and 
laboratory experiments, will be considered.

It is vital that your proposal fits into this broad agenda, but it can of 
course be targeted on a topic not explicitly mentioned above. It is also 
important that your research promises to be of interest from an 
interdisciplinary perspective.

Current members of the research group:

Jana Freundt, Economics (designated PhD student)
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Ghde, Philosophy
Prof. Dr. Anke Gerber, Economics
Prof. Dr. Mathias Kifmann, Economics
Oliver Krger, Philosophy (PhD student)
Prof. Dr. Andreas Lange, Economics
Prof. Dr. Dr. Lydia Mechtenberg, Economics
Prof. Dr. Gerd Mhlheuer, Economics
Prof. Dr. Thomas Schramme, Philosophy