Does competition help reduce income equality?

PhD Project Outline

With the recent reawakening of interest in inequality in the wider economics profession, Industrial Organisation economists have also begun to contribute, discussing what role, if any, competition and competition policy might have in fostering greater income equality. This studentship will contribute some formal empirical analysis, based on thorough theory, to a literature that is currently rather short of hard facts. While the student would have considerable freedom in choosing specific topics to work on within this broad area, an illustrative example would be to examine whether the poor are relativelymore reliant than the rich in their purchases on buying from more concentrated, less competitive markets. This would be true if the traditional necessities in household expenditure (basic foodstuffs,drinks, energy, petrol, banking, and insurance) are tightly oligopolised markets.

Research Team: You would be working with Dr. Franco Mariuzzo and Professor Davies (and possibly other IO economists in the school.)

Person Specification

We are seeking a high-calibre candidate with a good MSc in Economics (2.1 and above or equivalent) or in related disciplines. The candidate should have an interest in interdisciplinary research and methods.

Application deadline: 15 March 2021

Start Date: October 2021

Mode of Study: Full-time or Part-time

Studentship length: 3 years

Minimum entry requirement: UK 2:1.

Applications are to be submitted electronically via our Postgraduate Apply page.

Funding Notes

This project has been shortlisted for funding by the Industrial Economics Research Group at the School of Economics at UEA.

The School of Economics is an Athena Swan Award Holder and is committed to equality and diversity, and inclusion of students of any and all backgrounds.

UK and EU nationals, as well as international candidates are eligible for the stipend.

Applications must be supported by:

  • Official transcripts (in English) of your higher education qualifications.

  • A Personal Statement of 500 to 1,000 words

  • A CV detailing your work experience to date.

  • Two academic references.

  • Evidence of your English proficiency if English is not your first language

  • A Research Proposal.

Applications must be accompanied by a research proposal of 2000 words on the topic of this call. In some cases students who are funded or who expects funding from some government agencies apply for a ‘1 + 3': MSc followed by a MPhil/PhD; in these cases, at the time of applying for a ‘1 + 3' a short research proposal will suffice. Please email Dr Stephen Davies for more details on this project.

The School attaches great importance to providing a speedy response to applicants. To help us do this, please follow the procedure described in the application form and guidance notes and enclose all the material that it requests. No application will be considered until all the supporting documentation is received.

All applications are considered on their own merit by the Economics Postgraduate Selection Committee.


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