CEPS/INSTEAD is looking for a macro-economist
Proposal in brief and expected profile
CEPS/INSTEAD (http://www.ceps.lu/) is looking for a macro-economist with good knowledge or strong interest in computable general equilibrium modelling to be applied to the socio-economic analysis of Luxembourg in the short and longer term in relation with the ageing of the population.
The candidate will hold a Master Degree (or will be at least last year student) in economics or social sciences with strong capacities in quantitative (macroeconomic) analysis and/or modelling. He/she will be interested in a short term (8-12 months, internship or temporary contract) and part-time activity (50% min) starting as soon as possible but not later than November 2014. Skills in simulation software (e.g. GAMS) are an asset.
The collaborator will participate in the project MiDLAS (see description below) and deal with the analysis and simulation of the LuxMod-Soc model. He/she will also contribute to the comparative analysis of modelling approaches and will partially feed a technical report with regard that part of the MiDLAS project. The activity will be performed under the responsibility of the MiDLAS project manager. The working language is English or French.
About the MiDLAS project & prior description of tasks
MiDLAS is a collaborative 2-year project involving individual researchers from the Federal Planning Bureau in Brussels, CEPS/INSTEAD, the General Inspectorate of Social Security in Luxembourg ("IGSS") and external experts. It is supported by the European Community Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity - PROGRESS (2007-2013), EU Agreement VS/2013/0138.
The project mainly aims at developing an advanced analysis platform that allows Luxembourg at answering policy-related questions about the "adequacy" of pensions and social transfers in the longer term. Two complementary tracks are feeding this objective.
Firstly, the project is a first attempt in Luxembourg to generate a sophisticated instrument for the analysis of the adequacy of the pension system (a dynamic microsimulation model).
Secondly, a comparative analysis of outcomes resulting from several modelling tools available in Luxembourg today will be performed, which involves (i) the dynamic microsimulation model, (ii) the data-processing tool "SOBULUX" (Social budget simulating software for Luxembourg) developed in IGSS and aiming at assessing the cost of pensions in the long run in the context of the Economic Policy Committee's Ageing Working Group ("AWG") projection exercise and (iii) "LuxMod-Soc", a computable general equilibrium model developed for the IGSS in order to capture more in details the feedback effects of the ageing of the population on the budget lines of actors (private and public) and prices (in particular wages). This analysis will pay a special attention to the implication of the AWG-projections and assumptions on the adequacy of pensions in Luxembourg, but might also consider alternative assumptions when relevant.
The comparison of modelling approaches is an integrative exercise involving representatives from all partners as well as external experts. Project manager is Philippe Liégeois (CEPS/INSTEAD).