Postdoctoral Position (M/F): Assessing Public Policies Impacts

Universities and Institutes of France


September 30, 2022


  • Organisation/Company: CNRS
  • Research Field: Economics
  • Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • Application Deadline: 30/09/2022 23:59 - Europe/Brussels
  • Location: France › PARIS 16
  • Type Of Contract: Temporary
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Offer Starting Date: 01/12/2022
  • The recruited candidate should use state-of-art empirical evaluation methods to understand the efficiency of public policies, as well as their impact on inequality and social cohesion, including their potential indirect effects. The research should try to better understand how individuals react to public policies and to model their impact in a comprehensive perspective, as well as examine public policies' acceptability and implementation. The candidate should thus show a strong interest in policies aiming at reducing inequalities and on the means to build social support for public action. The successful candidate will be invited to work on the research papers s/he has developed during her Ph.D. and submit these papers for publications in top-ranked international journals, as well as to take part in at least two out of the three listed interdisciplinary research programs led by researchers at LEDa in collaboration with other researchers at PSL: 1. Addressing vaccine hesitancy in adolescents Before the COVID pandemic, adolescents' attitudes towards vaccination had received little attention, mostly because vaccines are all scheduled during childhood. The COVID pandemic has highlighted the already well-established importance of vaccine acceptability for public health. It is estimated that COVID vaccines have saved nearly 20 million lives in 2021. Despite these achievements, and of the scientific consensus regarding the efficacy and safety of many vaccines, vaccination often faces hesitancy or outright opposition. Many interventions have sought to tackle vaccine hesitancy among adults but have obtained mixed results, with many small or null effects. This research project aims at testing the hypothesis that pedagogical interventions targeting adolescents might be more effective using a large-scale field experiment in a large cohort of French 9th graders. This project is conducted by an interdisciplinary team of psychologists at ENS (Coralie Chevallier and Hugo Mercier) and economist at LEDa (Elise Huillery).

    2. Remote working, work trajectories and gender inequality Both recent technical progress and the Covid-19 pandemic made remote working more prevalent. It has been advocated as a more flexible way to organize work for firms, promote well-being at work for employees, and as a potential green policy against global warming or against the desertification of rural territories. As a consequence, recent laws have both encouraged and set guidelines for the use of remote working. Despite these discussions, the longer-term impact of remote working on career progression remains unclear and is likely to differ across genders. Research has shown that commuting and working time flexibility constraints were more binding for women, which limits their job search and contributes to the gender pay gap. Teleworking could help release these constraints but at the same time forces women to spend more time at home and to combine work with household tasks, which could be harmful to their productivity. Furthermore, they miss on social interactions at the workplace that are potentially key for promotion prospects, even keeping productivity constant. The objective of this research project is to evaluate which of this mechanism prevails empirically. It addresses the question of the impact of remote working on job search and earnings trajectories, especially for women, and the potential for policies mitigating this unequal impact. This project is conducted by Laura Khoury (LEDa).

    3. Addressing inequalities in access to higher education Unequal access to higher education remains a concern in France, despite increased college graduation over the past 30 years. Children of low-income families are still three times less likely to access higher education than children of high-income families. Higher education institutions have implemented various outreach initiatives to promote a more equal access to higher education. Most programs (such as “Cordées de la réussite” ou “Programme Egalité des Chances ») target specific middle and high schools with information sessions and additional mentoring for students. The project will develop a framework to evaluate these initiatives. We will seek not only to analyze the impact of such programs on student's admission to higher education institutions, but also to follow student's progress and overall achievement overtime. This project will be conducted by an interdisciplinary team of sociologists and economists at Dauphine and coordinated by Gabrielle Fack (LEDa).

    The Department of Economics of Université Paris Dauphine – PSL invites applications to fill 1 postdoctoral position on the topic “Assessing public policies impacts: Efficiency, equity and acceptability”. The recruited candidate should be committed to an innovative research program related to the evaluation of public policies.

    The postdoctoral position will be hosted by the LEDa, the joint research centre in economics of Université Paris-Dauphine – PSL, IRD and CNRS, but is also expected to develop the interactions with researchers from other disciplines within PSL, e.g. the ENS department of cognitive sciences (DEC), or Dauphine department of sociology (IRISSO).

    Eligibility criteria

    Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or doctorate degree in economics and have strong credentials in microeconometrics.

    Web site for additional job details

    https: //

    Required Research Experiences
  • Economics

  • None

    Offer Requirements
  • Economics: PhD or equivalent

  • FRENCH: Basic

    Contact Information
  • Organisation/Company: CNRS
  • Organisation Type: Public Research Institution
  • Website: https://
  • Country: France
  • City: PARIS 16
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