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PhD Studentship (ESRC South Coast DTP) - The Contribution of Parallel Import Practices to Market Integration and the Law of One Price’.


Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £14553
Annual stipend of £14553 (2017/18 RCUK rate) plus payment of programme fees
Closing Date:   Wednesday 31 January 2018
Reference:  SCDTP890917CC

The Contribution of Parallel Import Practices to Market Integration and the Law of One Price

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP)

Supervisory Team:

Professor Jose Olmo (Economics)(

A parallel import is a non-counterfeit product imported from another country without the permission of the intellectual property owner. Although these practices are regarded as unethical and even outlawed in some countries, they may be, for some markets, the main drivers of competition and cross-country price convergence. The proposed project aims to study this statement for countries at different level of economic development. We also aim to study the role of market structure and regulation in determining the success of these practices with particular emphasis in industries characterised by patents and property rights.

Skills required of the PhD student:

(i) advanced statistical techniques for modelling time series and panel data (since from various secondary data sources)
(ii) data collection skills and management of complex databases
(iii) advanced levels of programming into Matlab and Stata to fit and interpret time series and panel data models.


South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £14553 (2017/18 RCUK rate), plus payment of all programme fees.  Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found on the SCDTP website (

Funding is provided for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students).  Applications for 1+3 funding for students completing a Master's year prior to the commencement of PhD study are also welcome (details available at

Application Procedure

The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at:

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above.  For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us at

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