08 Jul 20 | News

Two additional LISER Doctoral Training Units funded by the FNR

Thematics include the analysis on cross-border human mobility as well as the interactions between economic decision making and ethics

The Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) has awarded two PRIDE Grants to LISER. Through Doctoral Training Units (DTUs), namely “Experiments, Ethics and Economics (3e)” and “Analysis of CROSS-border human mobility (ACROSS)”, the combined grants will support the research work of 18 PhD candidates over six years.

The PRIDE programme is the FNR’s main programme for funding doctoral research in Luxembourg. The programme aims to support the development of critical mass in key research areas, by attracting excellent PhD candidates to Luxembourg and offering them high quality research training.

Further details on the LISER DTUs:

DTU title:
Analysis of CROSS-border human mobility (ACROSS)

Frederic Docquier (LISER)

DTU description:
With the free movement of people within the EU, decreasing transportation and communication costs, global inequality and political instability around the world, more and more individuals have been crossing borders in recent decades, either as permanent or temporary migrants, as daily transnational commuters, or as refugees. These cross-border movements generate important challenges for EU countries in general, and for Luxembourg in particular. In Luxembourg, foreigners account for about 50% of the total population and daily commuters nearly double the size of the national labor force.

In this context, ACROSS aims to develop tools to monitor, analyze and improve the understanding of the causes and consequences of these flows – a prerequisite for relevant advice to policy-makers. It gathers economists and geographers from LISER, from the Department of Economics and Finance of the University of Luxembourg, and from the Research Division of STATEC (the National Institute of statistics and economic studies).
The three partner institutions aim to create a team of excellence on cross-border mobility, a team where migration and labor market scholars can interact together with data providers, and where new generations of PhD students can benefit from synergies between institutions.

Within the consortium, co-promotion will be systematically encouraged to reinforce the links between institutions as well as to train 4 younger researchers in PhD supervision. ACROSS builds on the doctoral education support of the Graduate Studies Program (GraSp) at LISER and of the Doctoral Schools of Economics and Finance (DSEF).

To learn more about ACROSS visit the Crossing Borders blog

PHD grants: 10

DTU title:
Experiments, Ethics and Economics (3e)

Marc Suhrcke (LISER)

DTU description:
The key goal of the DTU 3E is to bring together members of 5 research units in Luxembourg who conduct social science research using the experimental method (Luxembourg Institute of Socio Economic Research LISER; Integrative Research Unit on Social and Individual Development INSIDE; Institute of Cognitive Science and Assessment COSA; Luxembourg School of Finance LSF; and Luxembourg Centre of Logistics LCL).

The aim of this new research consortium is to join forces across disciplines to embark in a comprehensive and innovative investigation of the interactions between economic decision making and ethics. This new research will include aspects of decision-making both within the household and in the workplace, and will explore the tension that often exists in these contexts between individual profit maximization and moral or ethical choices. We will use a variety of methods, all linked by the experimental approach, from behavioral economics experiments to computer science applications, to neuroscience techniques.

Our PhD students will be trained in this rich, multi-disciplinary environment and will learn to use scientific experiments in the social sciences from the perspective of economics, psychology, neuroscience and computer science, This training environment is virtually unique in Europe and will give our PhD students a strong competitive edge to become the research leaders of tomorrow.

The benefits of our consortium extend beyond its scientific merits and the potential for PhD training: the union of 5 prominent research units in Luxembourg will foster cross-institutional collaborations and will be a crucial step towards the establishment of a joint centre of excellence for the study of human behavior in Luxembourg.

PHD grants: 8