A two week research cruise led by DTU Aqua is to investigate if new areas have become available for successful spawning of cod after a recent inflow of water from the North Sea
Recent BONUS survey provides statistical evidence on BONUS impact regarding collaboration and scientific excellence on scientific publication made before BONUS, and after the BONUS+ phase of the programme.
Sweden-based INSPIRE team member Dr Thorsten Blenckner from Stockholm Resilience Centre met with Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria from Sweden to present his ongoing work on Baltic Sea ecology and management.
Adressing integration challenges in maritime spatial planning and understanding the BONUS BALTSPACE approaches and tools is on the agenda of the "Future Coast – Europe" symposium in Berlin, Germany on 5–7 October 2015.
05.10.2015 23:29PhD studies have begun (BalticApp ENVECON)
As from this week I started my PhD studies at University of Warsaw. I had an interview last week, where I presented synopsis of my proposed thesis. The interview went well and I got the highest score from all candidates (based on thesis, it presentation and my research experience). My proposition for PhD thesis is “Development of hybrid models in context of public goods valuation” and I will write a little about it now.
Hybrid Choice Models are flexible class of discrete choice models, which allow for incorporation of psychological factors such as perceptions, attitudes and emotions into random utility framework. Generally speaking in these models the quantitative link between choices made by an individual and individuals’ behavioral attributes is forged. In my PhD thesis I want to focus mainly on econometric features of these models. As they are quite complicated and have several different components usually some simplified assumptions are made about their specification to make an estimation process easier. I want to determine how these simplifications can change the results and what does it mean for inference about welfare measures. Secondly I would like to analyze the Hybrid Choice Models prospects for dealing with endogeneity of individuals’ attitudes and perceptions. Psychological factors are very likely to be endogenous in choice models. Think i.e. about individual attitude toward public transportation and choice of mode of transport to work. It is obvious that people who are not very pro public transportation may be less likely to use it, but the causality may be also the other way around - people who don’t use public transportation may have general attitude against it as they may not have much experience with it and base their judgment on some prejudices, general opinion and so on. As for now there is a belief in literature that these models can resolve this problem, although I don’t think they really do, therefore I want to investigate this issue formally, which was never done before.
I hope that the idea for my thesis will develop further as I will do more research in this area and use these models in more applications. I think that developing more behaviorally adequate choice models is very interesting and I am very glad that I will be able to contribute something to this field.
As for my PhD studies, it seems that I will not have many courses in this semester – only some advance microeconomics and econometrics. Surprisingly I will co-teach a graduate course in microeconometrics. I never taught anything (except math tutoring in high school) so it will be definitely challenging and time consuming, but I hope to learn a lot. Wish me (and my students) luck.