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PhD on education, social participation and health using econometric methods

New PhD position available

We have a vacant 3-year position as a doctoral research fellow in the project "Lost in Transition? Uncovering social and health consequences of suboptimal transitions in the education system". This project aims to understand the effects of transitions in the education system on later labour market participation, family formation and health.

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We have a vacant 3-year position as a doctoral research fellow in the project "Lost in Transition? Uncovering social and health consequences of suboptimal transitions in the education system". This project aims to understand the effects of transitions in the education system on later labour market participation, family formation and health.


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The context is that individuals with low education are less likely to form partnerships, have children and participate in the labour market, and more often than others end up with poor physical and mental health. Successful transitions between education levels may be crucial for these life outcomes. The project will consider how starting school at a suitable age, attending an upper secondary school of choice, and managing to complete upper secondary education affect later social participation and health. To that aim, we will use natural experiments and econometric methods to identify causal relationships using Norwegian register data. The project is led by NIPH and is a collaboration with the Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU), the Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research, and the University of Bristol. A summary of the project can be found here.

The position will be established at the Centre for Fertility and Health, a Centre of Excellence funded by the Research Council of Norway and hosted by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. The scientific goal of the centre is to understand how changes in patterns of fertility and family structure influence child and adult health through social and biological pathways. A summary of the Centre’s research agenda can be found here.

As a doctoral research fellow at the centre, you will be part of an interdisciplinary and international team. The centre has a strong academic and social environment and has recently hired several postdoctoral and doctoral fellows. The doctoral research fellow will also be part of a broad research environment at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. The right candidate will be encouraged to shape her or his research and to develop own research ideas, within the topics of the project and the centre.