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PhD student Techno- economic analysis and life cycle analysis of the upscaling of flexible perovskite solar cells

reporting about the techno- economic analysis (TEA) and life cycle analysis (LCA) of the upscaling of the manufacturing of flexible perovskite solar cells. The goal being to evaluate and stimulate

3 PhD research fellows (sociology, management, and human geography) in a research project on “Just Transition in the Circular Economy ”

18 May 2024 Job Information Organisation/Company Université catholique de Louvain Research Field Economics » Environmental economics Economics » Management studies Economics » Other Geography

PhD research position on the ' Economics of Education'

21 Feb 2024 Job Information Organisation/Company KU Leuven Research Field Economics » Labour economics Researcher Profile First Stage Researcher (R1) Country Belgium Application Deadline 18 Mar 2024

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHER in Applied Statistics/Applied Econometrics

14 May 2024 Job Information Organisation/Company University of Liège - HEC Liège Department HEC Liege Research Field Economics » Econometrics Economics » Financial science Mathematics » Statistics

PhD Scholarship Autonomous vehicles

-of-the-art research on e-mobility and socio- economic analysis in sustainable mobility. MOBI is an interdisciplinary team, with over 120 specialists and expertise ranging from electric and autonomous driving

3 May 2024 Job Information Organisation/Company Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) Research Field Architecture » Other Economics » Industrial economics Engineering » Industrial engineering Geography

PhD position at the Department of Work and Organisation Studies (WOS)

7 May 2024 Job Information Organisation/Company KU Leuven Research Field Economics » Social economics Psychological sciences » Other Researcher Profile First Stage Researcher (R1) Country Belgium

2 PhD Positions in Spatial Modeling of Segregation and Future Mobility Needs

socio- economic characteristics, and mobility behaviors of households. One PhD position will focus more on the socio- economic characteristics of the agents, while the other will focus more specifically on

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PhD: Climate change-related mortality in different population groups in urbanized Belgium

project partners, which combine high-resolution climate, air quality, health, mortality, socio- economic , demographic, and geographic data. Your role in this project is to combine these unique, high

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Model-based robust design methodologies for composite pressure vessels

This research is hosted by the Mecha(tro)nic System Dynamics division (LMSD), counting more than 100 researchers and part of the department of Mechanical Engineering of KU Leuven. It boasts a rich ...


Assistant department Green Chemistry and Technology (27090)

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Doctoral scholarship holder digital heritage

Let’s shape the future - University of AntwerpThe University of Antwerp is a dynamic, forward-thinking, European university. We offer an innovative academic education to more than 20000 students, c...

Vacancy for two PhD researchers in Predictive and Prescriptive Process Modelling

You will work at the LIRIS research group of the Faculty of Economics and Business at KU Leuven. One position is hosted at KU Leuven, with an exchange period at University of Melbourne. The second ...

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Full-time research and teaching assistant position in chemistry - Faculty of sciences

Reference : 2024/S243Application deadline: 27/06/2024 Start date : 01/10/2024Job DescriptionThis position is intended for candidates wishing to undertake a PhD in Science in the field of chemistry. The work includes two aspects: a research activit...

PhD position at the Department of Work and Organisation Studies (WOS)

The Department of Work and Organisation Studies (WOS) is an interdisciplinary group of about 50 scholars with backgrounds in economics, sociology, psychology, management, and history, bringing diff...

Open position for a full-time, Dutch speaking tutor and study counselor in Philosophy (assistant)

The Institute of Philosophy consists of five research units. Depending on the choice of your PhD topic, you will be a member of one of them. You will also be a member of the Study Counselling Team ...

Reference : 2024/S244Application deadline: 27/06/2024 Start date : 01/10/2024Job DescriptionThis position is intended for candidates wishing to undertake a PhD in Science in the field of chemistry. The work includes two aspects: a research activit...

MSCA-DN-FAIROmics: Multiscale Modelling for Risk-averse Optimisation and Control of Plant-based Fermented Food Production

The vision of BioTeC+ (Chemical & Biochemical Process Technology & Control) (PI Prof. Jan F.M. Van Impe) is to consolidate and strengthen both its international research position and its societal i...

Doctoral scholarship holder ecotoxicology PFAS systemic regional approach to assess spatial distribution, transfer, exposure and remediation of widespread pollution in Willebroek, Flanders

Doctoral scholarship holder methodology for assessing the perception of space in interior architecture through 3d digital tools, phd student - department of marketing, innovation and organisation.

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Doctoral fellow - Department of Languages and Cultures

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PhD researcher Intelligent Wireless Networking on 6G RAN Optimization

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Doctoral fellow - Department of European, Public and International Law

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PhD position: exploring a shared upstream pathway as potential driver of ICU-acquired muscle weakness and adrenal insufficiency in prolonged critical illness

The selected candidate will conduct translational PhD research under the supervision of Prof. Greet Van den Berghe and Prof. Lies Langouche. You will join the Intensive Care Medicine Research Group...

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Spring 2024 Economic Forecast: A gradual expansion amid high geopolitical risks

Key figures.

EU: 2023: 0.4% 2024: 1.0% 2025: 1.6%

Euro area: 2023: 0.4% 2024: 0.8% 2025: 1.4%

EU: 2023: 6.4% 2024: 2.7% 2025: 2.2%

Euro area: 2023: 5.4% 2024: 2.5% 2025: 2.1%

EU: 2023: -3.5% 2024: -3.0% 2025: -2.9%

Euro area: 2023: -3.6% 2024: -3.0% 2025: -2.8%

EU: 2023: 6.1% 2024: 6.1% 2025: 6.0%

Euro area: 2023: 6.6% 2024: 6.6% 2025: 6.5%

Executive summary

The EU economy staged a comeback at the start of the year, following a prolonged period of stagnation. Though the growth rate of 0.3% estimated for the first quarter of 2024 is still below estimated potential, it exceeded expectations. Activity in the euro area expanded at the same pace, marking the end of the mild recession experienced in the second half of last year. Meanwhile, inflation across the EU cooled further in the first quarter.

This Spring Forecast projects GDP growth in 2024 at 1.0% in the EU and 0.8% in the euro area. This is a slight uptick from the Winter 2024 interim Forecast for the EU, but unchanged for the euro area. EU GDP growth is forecast to improve to 1.6% in 2025, a downward revision of 0.1 pps. from winter. In the euro area, GDP growth in 2025 is projected to be slightly lower, at 1.4% - also marginally revised down. Importantly, almost all Member States are expected to return to growth in 2024. With economic expansion in the southern rim of the EU still outpacing growth in north and western Europe, economic convergence within the EU is set to progress further. On the 20th anniversary of the enlargement of the EU towards the east and the south, it is notable that, after almost stalling last year, economic convergence is also set to resume for the newer Member States. It is expected to continue at a sustained pace throughout the forecast horizon and beyond (see Special Topic). 

HICP inflation is projected to continue declining over the forecast horizon. In the EU, it is now expected to decrease from 6.4% in 2023 to 2.7% in 2024 and 2.2% in 2025. In the euro area, it is forecast to fall from 5.4% in 2023 to 2.5% in 2024 and 2.1% in 2025. This is a downward revision compared to winter for both the EU and the euro area – especially for this year.

Economic activity broadly stagnated in 2023. Private consumption only grew by 0.4%. Despite robust employment and wage growth, labour incomes barely outpaced inflation. Moreover, households put aside a larger share of their disposable incomes than in 2022, as high interest rates kept the opportunity cost of consumption elevated, while high uncertainty, the erosion of the real value of wealth by inflation and the fall in real estate prices sustained precautionary savings. Investment grew by 1.5% in 2023, but largely driven by a sizeable carry-over from 2022. Especially towards the end of the year, weakness in investment was widespread across Member States and asset types, with a pronounced downsizing of the interest-rate-sensitive construction sector. External demand did not provide much support either, weighed down by a sharp slowdown in global merchandise trade. Still, with domestic demand stagnating, imports contracted more than exports, lifting the contribution of net external demand to real GDP growth to a sizable 0.7 pps. Last, but not least, the negative drag of an unusually strong inventory cycle detracted almost 1 pp. from domestic demand, and explains most of the over-estimation of real GDP growth in 2023 in previous forecasts. Meanwhile, HICP inflation has continued declining. From a peak of 10.6% in October 2022, inflation in the euro area is estimated to have reached 2.4% in April 2024. Inflation in the EU followed a similar path, with the March reading (April was still missing at the cut-off date of this forecast) coming in at 2.6%. Rapid fall in retail energy prices throughout 2023 was the main driver of the inflation decline, but underlying inflationary pressures started easing too in the second half of 2023, amidst the weak growth momentum.

Expectations for imminent and decisive rate cuts across the world have been pared back in recent weeks, as underlying inflationary pressures - especially in the US – have proved more persistent than previously expected. In the euro area, where the European Central Bank last hiked its policy interest rates in September 2023, markets now expect a more gradual pace of policy rate cuts than in winter. Euribor-3 months futures suggest that euro area short-term nominal interest rates will decrease from 4% to 3.2% by the end of the year and to 2.6% by the end of 2025.

Outside the euro area, central banks in some central and eastern European countries, as well as Sweden (after the cut-off date) have already embarked on a cycle of monetary policy easing.

Although retail interest rates have already started to come down, bank lending has so far failed to rebound, due to some further tightening of credit standards, but especially lower corporate demand for loans. However, as interest rates keep falling, the conditions for a gradual expansion of investment activity remain in place and are even bolstered by the robust financial deleveraging in preceding quarters. 

With prolonged weakness in the manufacturing sector leaving many plants operating below normal capacity utilisation rates, equipment investment is expected to expand only marginally this year (see Box I.2.1), before accelerating in 2025. Non-residential construction investment is expected to remain resilient, largely reflecting government infrastructure spending with RRF support. By contrast, housing investment is projected to continue contracting this as continued fall in house prices and a still large build-up of inventories weigh on supply. The downsize of residential construction is set to continue in 2025, but the aggregate outlook masks significant variation across countries.

Despite largely stagnant output, the EU economy created more than two million jobs in 2023, thanks to broad-based employment growth across the EU. According to the Labour Force Survey, the employment rate of people aged 20-64 in the EU hit the new record high of 75.5% in the last quarter of 2023. 

Notwithstanding evidence of cooling demand, the labour market remains tight. In March the EU unemployment rate stood at its record low of 6.0%, and other measures of labour market slack remain near record-low levels. Furthermore, the unemployment rate continued falling in Member States recording the highest rates, resulting in continued decline of dispersion across countries. This strong labour market performance reflects favourable developments in both labour demand and labour supply, also due to migration. Going forward, the impulse of these positive drivers is set to abate, and employment growth is expected to be more subdued. Over the forecast horizon, however, the EU economy is still expected to generate another 2.5 million jobs, while the unemployment rate should hover around the current record-low rates. Nominal compensation per employee expanded by 5.8% in 2023 in the EU, with a gradual deceleration in the second half of the year. It is projected to decelerate further throughout the forecast horizon, alleviating underlying inflationary pressures. Importantly, growth in real wages – which started towards the end of last year – is set to continue throughout the forecast horizon. By 2025, average real wages are set to fully recover their 2021 levels, though this is not the case for all Member States.

Continued wage and employment growth will sustain growth in disposable income in 2024. A further uptick in the saving rate to 14.4% however limits the expansion of private consumption to 1.3% - still well below trend growth. In 2025, real disposable income is set to accelerate further, while the decline in interest rates reduces incentives to save. This is set to deliver a more sustained consumption growth, at 1.7% in the EU.

Despite facing headwinds from persistent inflation and restrictive monetary policies, growth outside of the EU remained resilient throughout 2023. 

However, it failed to spur demand for EU exports. Factors such as the post-pandemic rotation of consumer demand from goods to services, inventory depletion in advanced economies, and tightened monetary conditions impacting trade-intensive capital goods together contributed to a significant downturn in global merchandise trade. In this lacklustre trade environment, the EU as a whole managed to gain export market shares, though some Member States continued to register important losses. Looking forward, global growth (excluding the EU) is set to remain at close to 3.5% over the forecast horizon. For the world as a whole, growth is projected to edge up from 3.1% in 2023 to 3.2% in 2024 and 3.3% in 2025. This is a marginally upward revision compared to the Winter Forecast. The growth outlook for the US looks better than previously expected, mainly on account of the strong end-of-2023 performance. The persistence of inflationary pressures, nevertheless, suggests that the drag of tight monetary conditions is set to continue in the short term.

Notwithstanding structural impediments (see Special Issue 4.2. China's impressive rise and its structural slowdown ahead: implications for the global economy and the EU), a strong rebound in China’s economic activity in the first quarter lifts its near-term outlook. Merchandise trade is set to rebound, as trade elasticity converges towards the “new normal” of around 1, below historical average. The improved outlook for global merchandise trade should support EU’s external demand for goods, in turn helping to lift the prospects of the weakened manufacturing sector. EU exports of goods and services are expected to expand by 1.4% this year and to attain 3.1% in 2025, amidst some losses in market shares. Imports are also set to rebound, implying a neutral or only marginally positive contribution to EU growth of net external demand in the two forecast years. With favourable movements in terms of trade, the current account balance of the EU is expected to rise back to 3.1% of GDP in both years, in line with pre-pandemic average, though with a larger contribution of export of services.

HICP inflation in the euro area is set to decrease from 5.4% in 2023 to 2.5% in 2024, while in the EU it is expected to decrease from 6.4% to 2.7%. Already by the end of last year, the disinflationary impulse of energy prices had largely died out. As recent increases in energy commodity prices – especially crude oil – are transmitted to consumers, energy inflation is set to turn positive again, but only marginally.

 Food and non-energy industrial goods have now become the primary disinflation drivers and are expected to continue detracting from inflation over the forecast horizon, reflecting receding pipeline pressures. Service prices, in contrast, have so far contributed very little to the disinflation process, reflecting still elevated wage pressures. However, relatively weak economic momentum and decelerating wage growth should allow services inflation to ease over the forecast horizon. All in all, core inflation (excluding energy and food) is expected to decline over the forecast horizon at broadly the same pace as headline inflation, remaining just slightly above. After narrowing significantly since mid-2023, dispersion of inflation within the EU is set to decline further by 2025, reflecting country-specific drivers of core inflation, including the expected wage growth, developments in productivity and unit profits. These dynamics are largely mirrored by the GDP deflator – a measure of the evolution of domestic price pressures. The deflator is set to slowdown from 6% in 2023 to 3.3% in 2024 and 2.2% in 2025, as still high but abating wage growth is offset by a return to productivity growth and a reduction in profit margins.

After a sizeable reduction in 2022, the EU government deficit in 2023 increased marginally from 3.4% to 3.5% of GDP, as the deterioration economic conditions and increased interest expenditure outweighed the reduced cost of discretionary policy. The EU government deficit is nevertheless projected to resume declining in 2024 (to 3.0%) and 2025 (to 2.9%), driven by the almost complete phase-out of energy-related measures, lower subsidies on private investment as well as the gradual improvement in economic activity. 

As in 2023, eleven Member States are projected to record a general government deficit exceeding 3% of GDP in 2024, dropping to nine in 2025. The EU fiscal stance turned neutral in 2023, after significant expansion in the 2020-22 period. It is set to be contractionary in 2024 and to turn broadly neutral in 2025. 

This forecast incorporates all budgetary policies that have been adopted or credibly announced and sufficiently detailed (see Box 1.2.3). Amid higher costs of servicing debt and lower nominal GDP growth, 

the debt-to-GDP ratio is set to stabilise this year, at 82.9% in the EU before edging up by around 0.4pps. in 2025. By the end of 2025, in most Member States the debt-to-GDP ratios are projected to be lower than in 2020 but to remain above 60% of GDP in 12 countries.

Risks originating from outside the EU have increased in recent months amid two ongoing wars in our neighbourhood and mounting geopolitical tensions. Global trade and energy markets appear particularly vulnerable. Moreover, persistence of inflation in the US may further delay rate cuts in the US, but also beyond, resulting in somewhat tighter global financial conditions. On the domestic front, EU Central Banks may also postpone rate cuts until the decline in services inflation firms. In addition, the need to reduce budget deficits and put debt ratios back on a declining path may require some Member States to pursue a more restrictive fiscal stance than currently projected for 2025, weighing on economic growth. At the same time, a decline in saving propensity could spur consumption growth, while residential construction investment could recover faster. Risks associated to climate change and the degradation of natural capital increasingly weigh on the outlook. The EU is particularly affected, as Europe is the continent experiencing the fastest increase in temperature.

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The EU economy perked up markedly in the first quarter, indicating that we have turned a corner after a very challenging 2023. We expect a gradual acceleration in growth over the course of this year and next, as private consumption is supported by declining inflation, recovering purchasing power and continued employment growth. Government deficits should inch lower following the withdrawal of almost all energy support measures, but public debt is set to increase slightly next year, pointing to a need for fiscal consolidation while protecting investment. Our forecast remains subject to high uncertainty and – with two wars continuing to rage not far from home – downside risks have increased. Paolo Gentiloni, Commissioner for Economy

Special Issues - Spring 2024

Spring Forecast 2024 - Special Issue 1

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Cumberlands PhD program ranked No. 1 nationally

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Williamsburg, Ky. – May 21, 2024 – University of the Cumberlands’ executive PhD in business (finance specialty) was recently ranked No. 1 in the nation by Forbes Advisor. The university’s online PhD in business (strategic focus in management) made a similar list by Forbes, ranking No. 1 in the state , fourth in the nation.

Forbes Advisor noted that these degree programs are among the most advanced anyone can receive in the field and that a PhD with a financial focus can prepare students for “various specialized, high-level roles in financial management” and more, while earning a PhD with a business management focus prepares students for “high-level roles in research, academic, or consulting.”

To complete its ranking, the organization weighed schools based on multiple points within the four categories of student experience, credibility, student outcomes, and affordability.

“We innovate our business programs constantly to ensure we are providing the highest quality programs to our students while still offering one of the lowest price points nationwide,” said Dr. Daniel Kanyam, director of the graduate business school at the university. “It’s rewarding to receive recognition like this for the caliber of our programs, especially considering our students’ experiences and outcomes were taken into account to determine the ranking. Students are at the center of everything we do at Cumberlands.”

Cumberlands’ No. 1 national ranking for its PhD in business (finance) program outranked schools such as Texas Tech University, Kansas State University, and National University. Meanwhile, the university’s ranking for online PhD in business management outranked schools like Bellevue University, Troy University, and Indiana State University.

University of the Cumberlands offers entirely-online graduate programs as well as executive graduate programs offered in a hybrid format. Over the past few years, the Plaster Graduate School of Business at Cumberlands has significantly expanded its academic offerings, beginning new programs in entrepreneurship, business analytics, healthcare administration, and supply chain management, as well as a blockchain certificate program and a financial management certificate program. To learn more about these and other business programs at Cumberlands, visit www.ucumberlands.edu/academics .

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Cabinet 'split' over crackdown on graduate visas to curb immigration

David Cameron is leading a group of fellow Cabinet ministers in opposing a crackdown on graduate visas to curb immigration, it has emerged.

The Foreign Secretary warned universities will face job losses and even closure if Prime Minister Rishi Sunak pushes ahead with plans for new restrictions.

Fresh migration statistics to be published on Thursday are expected to show the number of people coming to Britain remains high.

According to The Times , ahead of the release of latest figures, the PM is mulling curbs on graduate visas to ensure only the 'best and the brightest' can come to the UK.

A graduate visa gives a student permission to stay in the UK for at least two years after successfully completing a course in Britain.

But Mr Sunak is said to be considering a reduction in the length of such visas, while the PM could also limit graduate visas to only Russell Group universities.

The newspaper reporter Lord Cameron has been joined by Education Secretary Gillian Keegan , Chancellor Jeremy Hunt and Home Secretary James Cleverly in opposing the move to introduce curbs on graduate visas. 

The Foreign Secretary said: 'One of the consequences of any restrictions on graduate visas is that universities will experience further financial difficulties — leading to job losses, closures and a reduction in research.

'International students make a significant economic contribution to the UK and are vital to the sustainability of the UK's higher education sector.'

Ms Keegan wrote to Mr Sunak last week to express concerns about the economic impact of restrictions.

But Government sources played down the idea of tensions between ministers over graduate visas, insisting proposals are going through 'normal process'.

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But, last week, the Migration Advisory Committee found no evidence of widespread abuse of the graduate visa route and warned some courses would become 'less financially viable' if the number of international students was cut.

Downing Street said the Government would respond to the report 'in due course', but added it was working to reduce migration levels.

Mr Sunak's official spokesman said: 'The PM has said before that British students should be the priority for our education system and universities and student visas must be used for education, not immigration.'

In January, the Government introduced tougher restrictions to student visa routes in a bid to slash migration.

International students are now no longer able to bring family members to Britain with them, unless they are on postgraduate research courses and courses with Government-funded scholarships.

Professor Brian Bell, chairman of the Migration Advisory Committee, said last week that the ban on foreign students bringing dependants was producing a 'much bigger fall than the Government expected'.

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As the nation prepares to mark the 70th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education , a new report from researchers at Stanford and USC shows that racial and economic segregation among schools has grown steadily in large school districts over the past three decades — an increase that appears to be driven in part by policies favoring school choice over integration.

Analyzing data from U.S. public schools going back to 1967, the researchers found that segregation between white and Black students has increased by 64 percent since 1988 in the 100 largest districts, and segregation by economic status has increased by about 50 percent since 1991.

The report also provides new evidence about the forces driving recent trends in school segregation, showing that the expansion of charter schools has played a major role.  

The findings were released on May 6 with the launch of the Segregation Explorer , a new interactive website from the Educational Opportunity Project at Stanford University. The website provides searchable data on racial and economic school segregation in U.S. states, counties, metropolitan areas, and school districts from 1991 to 2022. 

“School segregation levels are not at pre- Brown levels, but they are high and have been rising steadily since the late 1980s,” said Sean Reardon , the Professor of Poverty and Inequality in Education at Stanford Graduate School of Education and faculty director of the Educational Opportunity Project. “In most large districts, school segregation has increased while residential segregation and racial economic inequality have declined, and our findings indicate that policy choices – not demographic changes – are driving the increase.” 

“There’s a tendency to attribute segregation in schools to segregation in neighborhoods,” said Ann Owens , a professor of sociology and public policy at USC. “But we’re finding that the story is more complicated than that.”

Assessing the rise

In the Brown v. Board decision issued on May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racially segregated public schools violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and established that “separate but equal” schools were not only inherently unequal but unconstitutional. The ruling paved the way for future decisions that led to rapid school desegregation in many school districts in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Though segregation in most school districts is much lower than it was 60 years ago, the researchers found that over the past three decades, both racial and economic segregation in large districts increased. Much of the increase in economic segregation since 1991, measured by segregation between students eligible and ineligible for free lunch, occurred in the last 15 years.

White-Hispanic and white-Asian segregation, while lower on average than white-Black segregation, have both more than doubled in large school districts since the 1980s. 

Racial-economic segregation – specifically the difference in the proportion of free-lunch-eligible students between the average white and Black or Hispanic student’s schools – has increased by 70 percent since 1991. 

School segregation is strongly associated with achievement gaps between racial and ethnic groups, especially the rate at which achievement gaps widen during school, the researchers said.  

“Segregation appears to shape educational outcomes because it concentrates Black and Hispanic students in higher-poverty schools, which results in unequal learning opportunities,” said Reardon, who is also a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and a faculty affiliate of the Stanford Accelerator for Learning . 

Policies shaping recent trends 

The recent rise in school segregation appears to be the direct result of educational policy and legal decisions, the researchers said. 

Both residential segregation and racial disparities in income declined between 1990 and 2020 in most large school districts. “Had nothing else changed, that trend would have led to lower school segregation,” said Owens. 

But since 1991, roughly two-thirds of districts that were under court-ordered desegregation have been released from court oversight. Meanwhile, since 1998, the charter sector – a form of expanded school choice – has grown.

Expanding school choice could influence segregation levels in different ways: If families sought schools that were more diverse than the ones available in their neighborhood, it could reduce segregation. But the researchers found that in districts where the charter sector expanded most rapidly in the 2000s and 2010s, segregation grew the most. 

The researchers’ analysis also quantified the extent to which the release from court orders accounted for the rise in school segregation. They found that, together, the release from court oversight and the expansion of choice accounted entirely for the rise in school segregation from 2000 to 2019.

The researchers noted enrollment policies that school districts can implement to mitigate segregation, such as voluntary integration programs, socioeconomic-based student assignment policies, and school choice policies that affirmatively promote integration. 

“School segregation levels are high, troubling, and rising in large districts,” said Reardon. “These findings should sound an alarm for educators and policymakers.”

Additional collaborators on the project include Demetra Kalogrides, Thalia Tom, and Heewon Jang. This research, including the development of the Segregation Explorer data and website, was supported by the Russell Sage Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.   

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by Steve Walentik | May 20, 2024

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Kristen McDonald graduated cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in data science and analysis and economics. She is on track to finish her master’s degree in economics next spring. (Photo by Derik Holtmann)

Kristen McDonald wasn’t sure exactly what she wanted to study when she moved back home to St. Louis in December of 2021.

McDonald had been majoring in nursing at the University of Missouri–Columbia and was about a year and a half from graduation when she realized her intended career path wasn’t really for her.

She’d applied to the University of Missouri–St. Louis ahead of the spring semester, figuring it’d be easy to transfer her credits within the University of Missouri System and that she could save money on rent living at home and commuting to campus. But once she got her acceptance, she still had the little problem of choosing a new major.

“I pulled up UMSL’s website, and I scrolled down on the page with the available majors ,” McDonald said.

Data science and analysis immediately caught her attention.

“I track all my finances on Excel and stuff, and I’m really interested in the data aspect of it,” she said. “I thought it could be a great major for me.”

The interdisciplinary degree program launched in 2021 was created to equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to understand and analyze data in their chosen field. They can choose emphasis areas in biology, computer science, mathematics, social science, supply chain analytics or, as McDonald did, economics.

The website listed potential careers, including database administrator, data scientist, market research analyst, data engineer or financial analyst, all with strong earning potential, so she decided to give it a try.

“All of this research was in one day,” McDonald said. “When I look back at it, I’m like, ‘What was I doing?’ Really, I just pulled up the list and randomly chose something. I was like, ‘Oh, that sounds interesting. I’ll do that.’”

Two and a half years later, McDonald is confident she landed on the right choice. Last weekend, she walked across the commencement stage at the Mark Twain Athletic Center after graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in data science and analysis and a second bachelor’s in economics . She’s also halfway toward earning her master’s in economics , something she expects to finish next spring at UMSL.

McDonald – who received a Chancellor’s Transfer Scholarship and a Promise and Opportunity Scholarship to help support her education at UMSL –  feels fortunate things turned out so well.

“I don’t know what I would have done if I had gotten into this major and then I hated it,” she said. “That would’ve been awful. But I think there are multiple things that happened.”

The first that McDonald credits was her decision to choose economics as her emphasis area. She started taking economics classes to meet the emphasis requirement and that put her in contact with the department’s tightknit group of students, with whom she became fast friends as she got acclimated to her new campus environment.

“There are a lot of group projects in economics, so you’re forced to work with people, and everybody’s super nice,” she said. “I just thought, ‘You know, this is a cool place.’”

She found herself gravitating toward the Sharon G. Levin Economic Resource Center during breaks between classes. The computer lab is a popular studying and gathering space for students in the department.

“I’ve spent so much time in the ERC,” McDonald said. “It’s just a great space to hunker down, do your homework. You’re not as confined by the time requirements in class and can understand things or work on projects with other people.”

She was also captivated by the subject matter in her classes, both in computer science and in economics. She’s particularly enjoyed learning different programming languages, especially C++ but also Java , R and Python .

McDonald has also found helpful and supportive faculty members, whether it was Donald Kridel , an associate professor of economics, who taught her course in applied econometrics; Brian Lawton , a senior lecturer in the Department of Information Systems and Technology , from whom she took a course in Java; or Nazire Koc , an associate teaching professor of computer science , who taught her C++.

McDonald never took a class with Economics Professor Anne Winkler , but Winkler filled in one day for Teaching Professor Mike Allison , and McDonald managed to make an impression on her.

“She was remarkably attentive and engaged in the topic I chose to cover – causal research design in economics,” Winkler said. “We briefly chatted after class as well.”

It was only a few weeks later that alum Michael Moorhem, the senior director of engineered solutions at Reliable Parts Ltd. , reached out to Winkler to let her know about internship opportunities at the parts supply company should she know of any qualified students who might be interested.

Winkler said McDonald immediately popped into her mind.

“She emailed me, and she’s like, ‘I have an internship for you,’” McDonald said. “I was like, ‘That’s amazing.’”

“It is a good reminder to all students that even a brief positive interaction with a professor can make a real difference,” Winkler said. “You never know when or how.”

McDonald started working as an intern at Reliable Parts in April 2023 and has continued over the past 14 months. She’s gained a lot of hands-on experience during that time.

“I’ve learned so much,” McDonald said. “I thought I was a master at Excel before that, but now I really am. I’ve learned a lot of critical thinking skills and more on the business side of things. I’ve learned things I wouldn’t learn necessarily in economics like what is the cost to serve or what’s margin? What’s the inventory costs related to storing things in one area compared to a different area?”

Her plan is to continue the internship over the next year as she completes her graduate work.

She’s also been juggling a part-time job she’s had for years at a sandwich shop, working an average of 30 hours each week on top of her coursework. But McDonald believes it’s all been worth it.

“I think it’s really rewarding because I’ve learned a lot,” she said. “I feel like I’m a lot more prepared to go into a role that is not an internship but an actual job.”

She’ll likely be waiting another year to find out what that role will be. She has a dream of one day going to work for Red Bull because she’s a fan of the energy drink, but she’s open to a number of possibilities.

McDonald hopes future students can take something from her experience.

“If you don’t know what you want to do, go on UMSL’s website and just spend half a day perusing through and looking stuff up,” she said. “You might just find what you’re passionate about.”



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Dr. Qian joined the School of Planning and Public Affairs (SPPA) as assistant professor in 2014 and was promoted to associate professor in 2018. He has been School Director since 2023. Dr. Qian has published extensively in the areas of entrepreneurship; innovation; urban economic development; and science and technology policy. He is an editor of Regional Studies , an editor of Small Business Economics , and an associate editor of Economic Development Quarterly . He was the Chair of the North American Regional Science Council. He additionally has been a consultant for the World Bank, OECD, and other non-profit organizations. Dr. Qian has received several highly competitive research awards. He earned his Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Mason University and Master of Management Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University.

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AI Tool Instantly Assesses Self-Harm Risk

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Suicidality hit a new record high in the US in 2022.

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A new assessment tool that leverages powerful artificial intelligence was able to predict whether participants exhibited suicidal thoughts and behaviors using a quick and simple combination of variables.

Developed by researchers at Northwestern University, the University of Cincinnati (UC), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard School of Medicine, the system focuses on a simple picture-ranking task along with a small set of contextual/demographic variables rather than extensive psychological data. 

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The tool was on average 92 percent effective at predicting four variables related to suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

“A system that quantifies the judgment of reward and aversion provides a lens through which we may understand preference behavior,” said first author Shamal Shashi Lalvani, a PhD student in electrical engineering at Northwestern Engineering. “By using interpretable variables describing human behavior to predict suicidality, we open an avenue toward a more quantitative understanding of mental health and make connections to other disciplines such as behavioral economics.”

The study,  published in the journal Nature Mental Health , concludes that a small set of behavioral and social measures play a key role in predicting suicidal thoughts and behaviors. The current work details the components of a tool that could be an app for medical professionals, hospitals, or the military to provide assessment of who is most at risk of self-harm.

“It’s reported we have about 20 suicides daily among veterans in the US, and a salient number of students. We all can cite statistics to how the American medical system is at a breaking point. I wish we’d had this technology sooner. The data strongly argues it would change outcomes,” said Hans Breiter, contact PI for the study, and a professor in computer science and biomedical engineering at UC. 

“People have developed good techniques with big data,” Breiter said, “but we have problems interpreting the meaning of many predictions based on big data. Having a small number of variables grounded in mathematical psychology appears to get around this issue and is needed if current machine learning is ever going to approach the issue of artificial general intelligence.”

Data was collected from surveys completed in 2021 by 4,019 participants ages 18 to 70 across the United States. Identities of participants were protected and not shared with researchers and participants gave informed consent.

Participants were asked to rank a random sequence of 48 pictures on a seven-point like-to-dislike scale of 3 to -3 in six categories: sports, disasters, cute animals, aggressive animals, nature, and adults in bathing suits. Researchers also collected a limited set of demographics about age, sex assigned at birth, race or ethnicity, highest education level achieved, and handedness. 

“The usage of a picture-rating task may seem simple but understanding individual preferences and how one evaluates reward and aversion plays a large role in shaping personality and behavior,” said co-PI for the study and co-senior author Aggelos Katsaggelos , the Joseph Cummings Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the McCormick School of Engineering and director of the AI in Multimedia-Image and Video Processing Lab at Northwestern.

“We find that our results in predicting suicidality exceed typical methods of measurement without using extensive electronic health records or other forms of big data,” Katsaggelos said. 

Along with the picture ratings, participants completed a limited set of mental health questions and were asked to rank perceived loneliness on a five-point scale. 

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Southern Miss MBA Program jumps in Fortune Education Rankings

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The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Master of Business Administration program (MBA) program has been ranked No. 31 nationally in the Best Online MBA programs for 2024 by Fortune Education. The current ranking represents a gain of 17 spots from its 2023 rankings.

Housed in the College of Business and Economic Development the program has restructured its curriculum in the last academic year by removing prerequisites barriers and allowing students more flexibility in their elective course selection.

Noted Dr. Bret Becton, Dean of the College of Business and Economic Development, “As the Dean of the College of Business & Economic Development, I am thrilled by our recognition as the No. 31 Best Online MBA Program by Fortune Education.”

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Dr. Steven Stelk, MBA Director, added, “ Fortune’s recognition of our MBA program is gratifying. The College of Business and Economic Development faculty and staff have continued to invest in and refine the online MBA program since it was established in 2014.”

Becton added, “ This achievement stands as a testament to the dedication and expertise of our MBA faculty and staff, whose tireless efforts have played an integral role in shaping our program into one that empowers future business leaders for success in today’s dynamic world.”

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“The recent rankings are based on the previous academic year, which gives us an opportunity to celebrate the results of our investments and provides fresh motivation to continue refining the program. We implemented novel curriculum changes in Fall 2023,” Stelk stated. “MBA students are now required to take fifteen hours of core business courses in accounting, finance, marketing, management, and strategy. They use the remaining 15 hours of focused electives to develop an area of expertise.”

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  18. 20 Phd Economics jobs in Belgium

    Charles River Associates. Brussels, Brussels Region, Belgium 2 weeks ago. Today's top 20 Phd Economics jobs in Belgium. Leverage your professional network, and get hired. New Phd Economics jobs added daily.

  19. 155 PhD jobs in Belgium

    Full-time research and teaching assistant position in chemistry - Faculty of sciences. Reference : 2024/S243Application deadline: 27/06/2024 Start date : 01/10/2024Job DescriptionThis position is intended for candidates wishing to undertake a PhD in Science in the field of chemistry. The work includes two aspects: a research activit...

  20. Department of Economics

    Household Economics PhD workshop. On November 16, 2023, the Household Economics group hosted its annual PhD workshop, bringing together doctoral students from KU Leuven, ULB, UA, and U Namur to present their latest research. The group, which started with 6 researchers 15 years ago, has steadily expanded and now comprises about 40 members.

  21. Spring 2024 Economic Forecast: A gradual expansion amid high

    With economic expansion in the southern rim of the EU still outpacing growth in north and western Europe, economic convergence within the EU is set to progress further. On the 20th anniversary of the enlargement of the EU towards the east and the south, it is notable that, after almost stalling last year, economic convergence is also set to ...

  22. Cumberlands PhD program ranked No. 1 nationally

    Williamsburg, Ky. - May 21, 2024 - University of the Cumberlands' executive PhD in business (finance specialty) was recently ranked No. 1 in the nation by Forbes Advisor.

  23. Cabinet 'split' over crackdown on graduate visas to curb immigration

    Ms Keegan wrote to Mr Sunak last week to express concerns about the economic impact of restrictions. ... Graduate visas are seen by some MPs as a backdoor for longer-term immigration to Britain.

  24. PhD Graduates

    Yelter Bollen, February 2018, The domestic politics of EU trade policy : the political-economy of CETA and anti-dumping in Belgium and the Netherlands. (Université Libre de Bruxelles) 2017. Angelos Theodorakopoulos, August 2017, Internationalisation and firm performance. (KU Leuven, VIVES - Research Centre for Regional Economics) 2015

  25. Doctoral courses & Seminars

    PhD student may choose doctoral courses among the following list: doctoral course offered by the Economics School : LECON2701 Advanced course in Economics I EN Prof. G. Vannoorenberghe Autumn LECON2702 Advanced course in Economics II EN Prof. A. Panin Autumn LECON2703 Advanced course in Economics III EN Prof. F. Monti Spring LECON2704 Advanced course in Economics IV EN Prof.

  26. 70 years after Brown v. Board of Education, new research shows rise in

    As the nation prepares to mark the 70th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Brown v.Board of Education, a new report from researchers at Stanford and USC shows that racial and economic segregation among schools has grown steadily in large school districts over the past three decades — an increase that appears to be driven in part by policies favoring school choice over ...

  27. New graduate Kristen McDonald lands on right career path with degrees

    She started taking economics classes to meet the emphasis requirement and that put her in contact with the department's tightknit group of students, with whom she became fast friends as she got acclimated to her new campus environment. ... New graduate Kristen McDonald lands on right career path with degrees in data science and analysis ...

  28. Two Faculty Promoted to Professor

    Congratulations to Haifeng Qian and Phuong Nguyen on their well-deserved promotions to full professor, effective July 1st. Dr. Qian joined the School of Planning and Public Affairs (SPPA) as assistant professor in 2014 and was promoted to associate professor in 2018. He has been School Director

  29. AI Tool Instantly Assesses Self-Harm Risk

    The tool was on average 92 percent effective at predicting four variables related to suicidal thoughts and behaviors. "A system that quantifies the judgment of reward and aversion provides a lens through which we may understand preference behavior," said first author Shamal Shashi Lalvani, a PhD student in electrical engineering at ...

  30. Southern Miss MBA Program jumps in Fortune Education Rankings

    The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Master of Business Administration program (MBA) program has been ranked No. 31 nationally in the Best Online MBA programs for 2024 by Fortune Education. The current ranking represents a gain of 17 spots from its 2023 rankings. Housed in the College of ...