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PhD projects

PhD projects in applied microeconometrics, in the areas of Political Economy and Development economics (e.g voting, corruption, public finance, mostly in, but not limited to developing countries) or Economics of Education.

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Oana Borcan is a Lecturer in Economics. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Gothenburg.

Oana's research is in applied microeconometrics, at the intersection of political economy and development. Her work explores policy-relevant topics in corruption, voting and education. Her articles on public sector financial incentives, monitoring and punishment and their distributional consequences in the fight against corruption in education have been published in Journal of Public economics and American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. Her other research strand is long-run economic development, where she has contributed new data and insights in the relationship between the accumulated experience of state institutions throughout history and past and current economic performance.

You can read more about Oana's research, teaching and interests on her webpage: www.oanaborcan.com


PhD Supervision Interests

Oana specialises in applied microeconomics, working on topics in Political Economy, Development Economics and Public Economics, such as education, voting, corruption and long-run economic growth. She will gladly supervise students interested in empirical work in these fields, particularly on policy evaluation and estimating causal relationships. Expect to learn popular research designs such as regression discontinuity and difference-in-differences, but also to get guidance on field experiments.   


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Gothenburg


Award Date: 6 Nov 2015


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