Job Opening: Postdoctoral fellow (INTREALES)


Organization: PSE-EU TAX OBSERVATORY  

Education: PhD

Experience: PhD

Contract:  Fixed-term contract – 24 months      

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Location: 48 boulevard Jourdan, Paris 14e 

Start date: September 2024

Language: English

 

Postdoctoral fellow (INTREALES) at the EU Tax Observatory

Environment

The Paris School of Economics is a private non-profit research foundation. PSE develops economic research of the highest international standard and disseminates the results. It brings together a community of 140 researchers and around 200 PhD students, and offers teaching in Masters, PhD, Summer School and Executive Education programs at the cutting edge of the discipline. Now firmly established as a feature on the global academic landscape, PSE breaks down all kinds of barriers to attain its goal of excellence: it brings together universities and grandes écoles, promotes exchanges between economics and the other social sciences, delivers its scholarship to a broad public, and supports the work of its teams in multiple partnerships with public institutions and private organisations.

The EU Tax Observatory is a research center directed by Gabriel Zucman that conducts, promotes, and disseminates innovative research on taxation, with an emphasis on international tax avoidance, tax evasion, and tax competition. The Observatory contributes to the production of scientific knowledge and to developing proposals to address 21st century tax and inequality challenges.

The Observatory is composed of researchers based in Paris and of a network of research fellows located in various countries. It offers a dynamic and collaborative setting for cutting-edge work on taxation, illicit financial flows, and inequality, with access to administrative tax datasets and employer-employee data in collaborations with tax agencies. The Observatory also contributes to global public goods with the creation of new data sources such as The Atlas of the Offshore World, and the public Country-by-Country Reporting database. 

In addition to producing academic papers and policy notes, the Observatory regularly organizes academic conferences and public events connecting research to policy. These events bring together various stakeholders including policymakers, politicians, academics, journalists, and civil society. 

Position

We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow to join our new research project INTREALES co-financed by the French Research Agency (ANR) and the German Research Foundation (DFG). This project composes of a consortium of researchers from the Paris School of Economics, the University of Munich (LMU), the University of Oxford, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, the University of Pennsylvania, and the ifo institute.

The project at hand will produce datasets on foreign corporate investment in real estate markets for France, Germany, the UK, Norway, and the U.S. The project aims at quantifying international real estate as a global investment asset. Starting from these registers, the project will then create corporate ownership chains that trace the international investment to its original source. INTREALES will describe the resulting international network of ownership chains and explain how they lead to (de-)centralization of ownership and will then turn to the impact that international real estate investments have on the host economy as well as providing causal evidence of their impact on real estate markets, e.g. prices and rent levels. 

The postdoctoral fellow will be part of the French team of INTREALES and will coordinate the project in collaboration with the EU Tax Observatory’s Research Director as well as the Team leader at LMU Munich. She/he will update the website and will contribute to other activities according to the Observatory’s priorities. Your main tasks and responsibilities will be to:

  • Develop projects according to the INTREALES research agenda 
  • Develop and publish scientific papers and technical reports (in collaboration with the EU Tax Observatory’s support teams) for the French Research Agency and the German Research Foundation 
  • Collaborate with researchers’ part of the project’s academic consortium 
  • Engage with the project’s public outputs, such as events and seminars, policy notes, and new data creation. 
  • Actively participate in the regular activities of the project and the EU Tax Observatory (seminars, weekly team meetings, research stays with the project partner institutions are possible if desired) 

The postholder will be part of the academic community at PSE which includes a number of high-profile seminar series, access to leading experts in a number of economic fields and academic working groups. The postholder will be part of the vibrant junior faculty at PSE and receive all the support by senior faculty in the development of his/her research agenda available. The goal of this post is to support postholders in their academic career while coauthoring scientific papers in the INTREALES project that can publish at the highest level. 

Profile

The postholder is expected to hold a PhD or be close to completing a doctoral degree in economics by the starting date. Applications from all areas of economics are welcome with special emphasis to Public Economics, Urban Economics, and Applied Econometrics. Data scientists are also welcome to apply. Coding Skills are required as the work will be empirical and data intensive. Knowledge of R and/or Python is an advantage. French is not a requirement. The postholder will be provided with office space and computer facilities at the Paris School of Economics. The postholder will benefit from the social benefits in force at PSE, i.e. 25 days of annual leave, health insurance, 50% of the cost of public transportation and restaurant vouchers. 

Equal Opportunity Employer

We are convinced that the diversity of experiences and backgrounds of our team members enriches our reflections and our work. As part of our inclusive recruitment policy, we strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented background to apply for our job offers if their expertise matches the profile sought. We reaffirm that the selection of candidates will be made exclusively on criteria relating to the position to be filled, and regardless of age, race, gender, skin color, religion, nationality, the person’s sexual orientation or disability. 

Applications must be written in English and include a CV and cover letter. Letters of recommendation are appreciated, but not required. Please send your application to recruitment@taxobservatory.eu, with the subject “INTREALES – Post Doc”. Incomplete applications with not be considered. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. 

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