Post-doctoral Research Associate in Economics (Taxation and Health)

Job summary

Established in 2017, the Centre for Health Economics & Policy Innovation (CHEPI) sits within the Department of Economics and Public Policy (EPP) at Imperial College Business School. The EPP department cover a diverse range of topics relating to economic growth, government and policy, with CHEPI being the largest and most active research centre in both the department, and the school. To complement our existing faculty, researcher and student...

Job listing information

  • Reference BUS00426
  • Date posted 26 January 2022
  • Closing date 9 February 2022

Job description

Job summary

Established in 2017, the Centre for Health Economics & Policy Innovation (CHEPI) sits within the Department of Economics and Public Policy (EPP) at Imperial College Business School. The EPP department cover a diverse range of topics relating to economic growth, government and policy, with CHEPI being the largest and most active research centre in both the department, and the school.

To complement our existing faculty, researcher and student base, CHEPI is seeking to appoint a Research Associate to support the work of the centre, and in particular to contribute to a newly funded project looking at how food taxes can be redesigned to incentive healthier consumption.

We are looking for an outstanding junior scholar, preferably with experience in health or food economics, with a good understanding of the principles of taxation, particularly indirect taxes, and good quantitative skills that will enable them to carry out advanced analyses of household expenditure data and of diet and nutrition data, and to contribute to microsimulation modelling and analyses of fiscal policy impacts. The successful candidate will have to work closely with academic partners and with a range of stakeholders in the development of fiscal policy scenarios and in their evaluation.

Fiscal INCentives for Health improvement (FINCH) is a three year project funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The project will look at how consumption taxes on food can be repurposed to nudge people towards healthier choices. Currently, VAT is applied to some food and non-alcoholic beverages while not others, and for various reasons, none of them relating to health. Following the success of the UK Sugar, FINCH will work with the public and a range of relevant stakeholders including consumer organisations to identify a set fiscal policy scenarios aimed at influencing behaviour before estimating their impact on consumptions patterns and population health through applying them to a microsimulation model jointly being developed between CHEPI and the Centre for Microsimulation and Policy Analysis (CeMPA) at the University of Essex.

Duties and responsibilities

Support the research activities of the FINCH project, particularly in the analysis and statistical matching of household expenditure data and diet and nutrition data, in the development of fiscal policy scenarios, their refinement and analysis based on microsimulation models; Draft academic manuscripts, along with interim and final project reports, on research findings for publication; Communicate findings to a variety of audiences including funders, academics, and policy makers at seminars and international conferences.

Essential requirements


  • PhD in a relevant discipline e.g. in health economics, food/agricultural economics, behavioural sciences, statistics, nutrition, public health. Candidates with a PhD near to completion will also be considered.

  • Experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of fiscal policies

  • Experience of statistical / econometric analysis using appropriate software (e.g. STATA)

  • Expertise in statistical or econometric analyses, or mathematical modelling

  • Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team

  • Excellent time management skills

  • Flexible attitude towards work

Further information

This full-time post will commence in February 2022 for a fixed term of 36 months.

 

Should you require any further details on the role please contact: Professor Franco Sassi f.sassi@imperial.ac.uk or Dr Jack Olney jack.olney@imperial.ac.uk.

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About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

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Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

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