Vacancy: Research Assistant

8 weeks, January-February 2018 

The Atlantic Fellows programme in Social and Economic Equity at the III is looking to take on a Research Assistant to work with a team of Visiting Fellows on their research project.

The Research Assistant’s job would be to gather data for the project from the LSE Library. Specifically, to explore the Library’s collection of statistical publications stemming from the former Yugoslavia with a view to developing a better understanding of the extent and nature of inequality in a system of self-managed market socialism and subsequently in the transition to capitalism. The baseline data would also be used to build a picture of the welfare systems in four of the Republics of former Yugoslavia (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia) to support the project’s work in analysing the similarities and differences between them.

The Research Assistant would need to have good organisational and research skills, be capable of creating, organising and using Excel spreadsheets, and have at least a basic familiarity with the Serbo-Croatian language, and an interest in the issues of inequality, social policy and the welfare state. The disciplinary background should be in the social science disciplines, including economics, sociology, social policy, business studies or law. The position would suit a PhD student, or a holder of a Master degree.

Hours: 7 per week
Day: Flexible but preferably one full day a week
Duration: 8 weeks
Rate of pay: £15.73 per hour, £18.66 including accrued holiday
Start date: 2nd January 2018 (or thereafter)
End date: 28 February (or after if started later)

The researcher will be offered an hourly-paid contract with the LSE.

How to apply: 

If you are interested please email by Wednesday 20 December with a copy of your CV, and answer the following questions:

- Why are you interested in this position
- What skills/experience would you bring
- Your availability over the January/February period

Visiting Fellows project information:

Goodbye Tito: The role of diverging welfare state trajectories on income inequality in four former Yugoslav republics

This project will investigate the relationship between income inequality and different welfare state trajectories in four countries of the former Yugoslavia over the three decades since the breakup of the country. Looking at (i) Slovenia, with one of the lowest income inequalities by Gini coefficient among European countries, (ii) Croatia, with an average EU level of inequality, and (iii) Bosnia and Herzegovina and (iv) Serbia that have the highest income inequality by Gini coefficient in Europe.

In the Yugoslav period, these countries shared generous and inclusive welfare system based upon the principles of solidarity and equality. After the dissolution of Yugoslavia, the welfare regimes of these four successor states evolved in different directions. The project will therefore examine the contribution of different welfare reforms on the divergent levels of income inequality in these four countries. The focus of the research will be on the way in which reforms in education systems, labour markets and in tax and benefit policies have affected the evolution of inequality in the four countries in comparative perspective.

The project will examine the following research questions:   

  1. What is the extent of income inequalities in these four countries, and how much has inequality changed over the last three decades?
  2. Which sources of income are most important for explaining income inequality in the four countries?
  3. How have difference in the tax and benefit systems affected income inequalities?
  4. What factors determine the level of labour income inequality in the four countries?
  5. What has been the role of different education and labour market policies in affecting earnings inequalities?

The project will draw policy conclusions on the reforms needed to reduce earnings and income inequalities. It will also contribute to the literature on welfare state typologies in transition countries and illuminate that literature in a new way by focusing on the influence of welfare state transformations on inequality. 

Visiting Fellows project team:

  • Will Bartlett,PhD, Development Economics, University of Liverpool (1979).
  • Gorana Krstić,PhD Economics, School of Social Sciences, Sussex University (2002).
  • Nermin Oruč, PhD in Economics, Staffordshire University (2011).
  • Jelena Žarković Rakić,PhD in Economics, University of Belgrade (2010).