The Department of History and Art History seeks to appoint a Post-Doc Researcher for the project “Race to the bottom? Family labour, household livelihood and consumption in the relocation of global cotton manufacturing, ca. 1750-1990”, funded by means of an ERC Consolidator grant awarded to Prof. dr. Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk.
The Post-Doc Researcher will be working on the following sub-project of this ERc-project:
Patterns of trade. Textile wage rates, international flows of textiles, and tariff policies, ca. 1750-1990
This 3-year post-doc project will chart the macro-economic background of global developments in textile wages, prices and tariff rates. It will thus investigate two important explanatory factors mentioned in the literature: markets and (trade) policies. The project has two main objectives. First of all, the Post-Doc Researcher will construct a database of textile wage rates around the world, systematically including an analysis of gender differences. Recent research shows that, despite source scarcity, it is possible to reconstruct long-term series of women’s wages, and textile wages are often part of such series. Secondly, the Post-Doc Researcher will establish long-term global trends in textile flows, related to prices and tariff costs. He/she will bring together existing databases on trade statistics and will, with the help of research assistance, systematically gather historical data on tariffs for textile goods. Regression analyses will be performed to establish relationships between wage trends and textile trade developments. It will, for instance, be investigated to what extent the widening of gender gaps in textile wages were related to critical shifts in the location of cotton manufacturing. Also, the effect of tariff policies on the gender wage gap will be established.
This sub-project forms an important quantitative backbone of the ERC-project as a whole, and the available data need to be gathered efficiently and in an early stage. Therefore, experience with this type of data is highly desired. Second, the Post-Doc Researcher needs to be able to make sensible correlations and establish causal relationships between several of the variables in the project, for which some years of research experience and sufficient econometric skills are required.
We offer a temporary position (1.0 FTE) for the duration of 36 months, starting 1 October 2018. The appointment is for an initial period of 12 months which, after a satisfactory first period, will be extended by another 24 months (3 years in total). The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €3,238 and €3,475 (scale 10/11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8 % and a year-end bonus of 8.3 % per year. We offer a pension scheme, (partly paid) parental leave, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information is available at: working at Utrecht University.