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Issues in taxation

This project will entail theoretical work on tax and subsidy policies aimed at improvement of market outcomes. Part of the work may include empirical data analysis to calibrate and simulate the theoretical model and test its predictions. The range of applications is broad. Some examples are international trade, especially in digital goods and services, healthcare, education, and family policies.

For the successful completion of the project the candidate will need a solid background in micro and macroeconomic theory and a good working knowledge of econometrics and of standard econometric software. Familiarity with MATLAB or similar software for numerical simulations is also highly desirable.

About the supervisor

My current research is in applied microeconomic theory and micro-founded macroeconomics. One of my recent projects was on the role of parenting in the formation of human capital and its effect on macroeconomic outcomes. A PhD proposal could build on this and similar literature to investigate, for example, the effects of parenting on the education and career opportunities of parents, especially mothers.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the above PhD topic please follow the steps below:

  1. Contact the supervisor by email or phone to discuss your interest and find out if you woold be suitable. Supervisor details can be found on this topic page. The supervisor will guide you in developing the topic-specific research proposal, which will form part of your application.
  2. Click on the 'Apply here' button on this page and you will be taken to the relevant PhD course page, where you can apply using an online application.
  3. Complete the online application indicating your selected supervisor and include the research proposal for the topic you have selected.

Good luck!

This is a self funded topic

Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: https://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Research-degrees/Research-degree-funding. The UK Government is also offering Doctoral Student Loans for eligible students, and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.

Meet the Supervisor(s) for this Studentship


Nigar Hashimzade - I joined Brunel in December 2019. My research interests are in applied microeconomic theory. Recently, my research has focussed on various issues in taxation and tax administration. I am a Research Fellow at the Tax Administration Research Centre and a member of CESifo Research Network. Before Brunel I held positions at Durham, Reading, and Exeter. My previous academic career was in theoretical physics.