Behavioral Political Economy

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Interdisciplinary Faculty Cluster Hiring Initiative

The Center for Behavioral Political Economy is part of an Interdisciplinary Faculty Cluster Hiring Initiative, undertaken in accordance with SUNY 2020 plan to hire 250 faculty members. The interdisciplinary faculty cluster hires are aimed at addressing society's most vexing challenges through the collaboration of natural, life, and social sciences; technology; medicine; humanities; policy; business; and the arts. The positions are designated for faculty members whose research and teaching interests are interdisciplinary. The goals of this initiative are to strategically place Stony Brook University on the emerging frontiers of research and knowledge and to enhance our ability to shape new fields of discovery, learning, and engagement.

Cluster Hires in Behavioral Political Economy

Behavioral Political Economy studies how individual-level mechanisms, beliefs, and decision-making processes relate to economic decisions. Grounded in the psychology of decision-making and primarily relying on experimentation, it is a bottom-up approach to understanding actual economic behavior as opposed to relying on theoretical assumptions about how rational consumers should behave in a global economy. It tests the assumption that people are selfish utility-maximizing agents and offers alternative theoretical models that incorporate emotions, altruism, fairness, inequity aversion, and so on. In addition, BPE involves designing incentives and institutions that account for people’s systematic biases and heuristics. The emerging field of Behavioral Political Economy extends the behavioral economics approach with the goal of explaining substantive phenomenon in finance (e.g. consumer behavior), economics (e.g. regulation, design of public programs and public institutions), or political science (e.g. law and economics). With the new cluster Stony Brook will become a national leader in behavioral economics, political economy, and laboratory experiments. Scientists from the Departments of Political Science, Economics, and the College of Business will be part of this cutting-edge, world-class research group while building on their existing strengths in these areas. We expect to make 5 hires over the next 1-2 years as part of the cluster to build on our existing strengths in these areas.


Experimental Political Economist

For the position of Experimental Political Economist, we seek a candidate whose research program addresses important political economy research questions using methods from experimental economics. We take a broad view of experimental economics and will welcome applications from any scholar employing these methods in his or her work, including, but not limited to, theories of risk preferences, social preferences, or bounded rationality. Topics of interest might include bureaucratic decision-making, market regulation, or income inequality. We are also interested in candidates whose work uses experimentation to address traditional political science topics such as formal and informal institutions, committee voting, elections, candidate competition, coalition formation, and corruption. The ideal candidate will show methodological innovation such as integrating techniques from political psychology and experimental economics, or combining methods such as field experimentation, agent-based modeling, and/or neuro/geno-politics. Overall, we are most concerned about the candidate’s excellence and potential to impact the field rather than his or her area of specialization.

Applicants should complete the Academic Jobs Online application process online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/2827. The complete dossier should include a State employment application, C.V., letters of references, and samples of written publications. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2013. Electronic submission of materials is highly preferred.

Alternatively, submit the above mentioned materials to:

Professor Matthew Lebo
Search Chair, Center for Behavioral Political Economy
Department of Political Science
SBS Building, Room S-713
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4392

For a full position description, and application procedure, visit http://www.stonybrook.edu/jobs (Ref. #F-8033-13-07). Applications for this position must be received, as specified in the Application Procedure Section, no later than 5:00 PM Eastern Time on September 30, 2013, unless specifically noted otherwise in the Special Notes Section.


Behavioral Finance, housed in the College of Business

Behavioral finance describes how cognitive, social, and affective factors influence decisions made by individuals and organizations. The College of Business seeks a scholar who contributes to theory development with rigorous experimental research in behavioral finance and economics. In particular, we wish to recruit someone who will collaborate with other researchers in the College in Financial Economics, Consumer Behavior, and Organizational Behavior.

Applicants should complete the Academic Jobs Online application process online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/2826. The complete dossier should include a State employment application, C.V., letters of references, and samples of written publications. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2014. Electronic submission of materials is highly preferred.

Alternatively, submit the above mentioned materials to:

Professor Matthew Lebo
Search Chair, Center for Behavioral Political Economy
Department of Political Science
SBS Building, Room S-713
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4392

For a full position description, and application procedure, visit http://www.stonybrook.edu/jobs (Ref. #F-8034-13-07). Applications for this position must be received, as specified in the Application Procedure Section, no later than 5:00 PM Eastern Time on January 31, 2014, unless specifically noted otherwise in the Special Notes Section.


Applied Econometrics, housed in the Department of Economics

The ideal candidate will be a researcher specializing in econometrics as a primary field, either in the areas of cross-sectional data, panel data analysis, or time-series analysis with special interest in issues linked to the analysis of volatility. The candidate's research will demonstrate strong promise in terms of methodological advances and state-of-the-art methodologies and concepts. It would be a plus if the person has shown interest in working with applied econometricians and applied statisticians, either developing theoretical econometric tools (estimators, tests, etc.) or applying top methodological concepts to problems in a variety of fields in economics or related social sciences. We would expect this researcher to interact with junior and senior faculty across departments bringing the methodological expertise to develop and apply the proper tools to the data problems arising in a variety of fields.

Applicants should complete the Academic Jobs Online application process online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/2825. The complete dossier should include a State employment application, C.V., letters of references, and samples of written publications. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2014. Electronic submission of materials is highly preferred.

Alternatively, submit the above mentioned materials to:

Professor Matthew Lebo
Search Chair, Center for Behavioral Political Economy
Department of Political Science
SBS Building, Room S-713
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4392

For a full position description, and application procedure, visit http://www.stonybrook.edu/jobs (Ref. #F-8035-13-07). Applications for this position must be received, as specified in the Application Procedure Section, no later than 5:00 PM Eastern Time on January 31, 2014, unless specifically noted otherwise in the Special Notes Section.

 

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