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Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH)

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Structural Change and Productivity

JOE ID Number: 2021-02_111468193
Date Posted: 10/28/2021
Date Inactive: 01/31/2022
Position Title/Short Description
Title: PostDoc
Section: International: Other Academic (Visiting or Temporary)
Location: Halle (Saale), Sachsen-Anhalt, GERMANY
JEL Classification: O3 -- Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights
Firm dynamics
Schumpeterian Growth
Full Text of JOE Listing:

Job Vacancy

Professor Ufuk Akcigit (University of Chicago, was awarded the Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award. He uses the Award to finance a research group at the Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH). Professor Akcigit and the IWH wish to fill the fulltime position of a
PostDoc (f/m/x)

in economics, starting at the earliest possible date. The position is assigned to the research group of Professor Akcigit within the Department of Structural Change and Productivity at the IWH and will be initially financed for two years. An extension by one year is envisaged. The place of employment is Halle (Saale), Germany.

Ufuk Akcigit is a leading economist in the fields of macroeconomics, entrepreneurship, innovation and firm dynamics. The IWH is one of seven leading economics research institutes in Germany and focuses on research on labour, finance and productivity. The research group is led by Ufuk Akcigit and focusses on why economic disparity still exists between eastern and western Germany 30 years after the fall of the Berlin wall. The IWH complements this research by its long-standing expertise on the East German economy and its focus on factor allocation and productivity. The Institute is running a large-scale EU project on productivity (, hosting the Competitiveness Research Network (, and providing unique microdata on EU productivity as well as novel data on the privatisation process of state owned socialist companies after German unification.

What we offer
You will be part of a dynamic international team of younger scholars under the guidance of Ufuk Akcigit and Steffen Müller, who is heading the IWH department on Structural Change and Productivity. You will be given the opportunity to conduct cutting edge economic research. There are no teaching obligations and you will not be required to contribute to any other projects at the IWH. The Halle Institute for Economic Research is closely linked with the national and international scientific community and offers excellent opportunities to build up a competitive publication record.

What we expect
You hold a high-quality PhD in economics or related fields or you are close to finish your PhD in these fields. You have a solid background in microeconometrics and ideally some experience with empirical work with big data and computational economics. You would be willing to spent time at the University of Chicago if needed.

Further information
The IWH considers itself a family-friendly employer that guarantees equal opportunities for women and men and hereby strongly encourages women to apply for this position.
Remuneration and benefits correspond to the German public sector salary scheme TV-L (up to pay group 13 Tarifvertrag der Länder, TV-L).

Candidates with disabilities and their peers are encouraged to indicate a severe disability in their application.

Application procedure
The following information is required for an application:
- Personal data
- Letter of motivation: Please provide a statement explaining your current goals, career plans and reasons for being interested in the position. Please submit your job market paper or other suitable work.
- Any supplementary information relevant to your application.

Please submit your application with indication 2021-11 by November 12, 2021 electronically in a single pdf file to
Questions can be directed to:
Professor Ufuk Akcigit, PhD.
(Tel +1 773 702 0433),
Professor Dr. Steffen Müller
(Tel +49 345 7753 800,

Application Requirements:
  • Application Instructions Below
Application deadline: 11/12/2021
Application Instructions:
Please submit your application with indication 2021-11 by November 12, 2021 electronically in a single pdf file to