Associate Professor
Lecturer and Researcher
Tirana , AL
University of Tirana, Faculty of Economics, Department of Economics
+355664015195
esmeraldashehaj@feut.edu.al

Experience

Nov 2007 (126m)
Lecturer and Researcher

University of Tirana, Faculty of Economics, Department of Economics.

·       Lecturing Econometrics, Market research, Computational economics, Academic Writing.

·       Research focus on migration, poverty, inequality, labour market, etc.

 

Projects

Sep 2016 (6m)

·       Carry out the micro-simulation analysis using administrative, fiscal and microdata.

team members

Oct 2016 (1m)

·       Outline the major features of the national employment and labour market strategies, including the Employment and Social Affairs Reform Programmes in Albania;

·       Identify strengths and weaknesses of national employment and labour market strategy of Albania, including the Employment and Social Affairs Reform Programmes and the measures prioritised in the Economic Reform Programmes;

·       Create a catalogue of recent, current and planned national employment and labour market measures, in particular those referring to active labour market policies and Public Employment Services from which case examples can be developed and around which peer reviews can be organised;

·       Summarize and analyse the indicators included in the above mentioned strategies and documents;

Propose lessons learned and recommendations for the design of employment and labour market strategies and their implementation, monitoring and evaluation

team members

Jun 2016 (6m)

·       responsible for the direction and oversight of compliance, financial, personnel, and other related aspects of the research project

·       ensuring that adequate resources and facilities are available to carry out the research study;

·       ensuring that all associates, colleagues, and other personnel assisting in the conduct of the research study are appropriately completing their tasks;

·       conducting the study in strict accordance with the approved research proposal

·       report frequently to the Local Coordination Unit of RRPP and promptly if any deviations from the currently approved research protocol;

·       request approval of any proposed modification to the research protocol or informed consent documents prior to implementing such modifications;

·       ensuring that all investigators have the appropriate credentials to conduct the portion of the study in which they are involved;

ensure that conduct of the research study complies with ethical standards

team members

Sep 2015 (7m)

Inception phase of "Skills for Jobs"

team members

Jan 2015 (18m)

·       responsible for the direction and oversight of compliance, financial, personnel, and other related aspects of the research project

·       ensuring that adequate resources and facilities are available to carry out the research study;

·       ensuring that all associates, colleagues, and other personnel assisting in the conduct of the research study are appropriately completing their tasks;

·       conducting the study in strict accordance with the approved research proposal

·       report frequently CERGE-EI;

·       request approval of any proposed modification to the research protocol or informed consent documents prior to implementing such modifications;

·       ensuring that all investigators have the appropriate credentials to conduct the portion of the study in which they are involved;

ensure that conduct of the research study complies with ethical standards

team members

Jul 2012 (30m)

·       responsible for the direction and oversight of compliance, financial, personnel, and other related aspects of the research project

·       ensuring that adequate resources and facilities are available to carry out the research study;

·       ensuring that all associates, colleagues, and other personnel assisting in the conduct of the research study are appropriately completing their tasks;

·       conducting the study in strict accordance with the approved research proposal

·       report frequently to the Local Coordination Unit of RRPP and promptly if any deviations from the currently approved research protocol;

·       request approval of any proposed modification to the research protocol or informed consent documents prior to implementing such modifications;

·       ensuring that all investigators have the appropriate credentials to conduct the portion of the study in which they are involved;

·       ensure that conduct of the research study complies with ethical standards;

·       prepare part of the literature review.

prepare the contextual analysis for Albania, elaborate the national survey data and prepare them for the empirical analysis, prepare the descriptive statistics, interpret the findings of the econometric model and write conclusions and policy recommendations for Albania

team members

Jan 2009 (36m)

·       Prepare the first drafts of the theoretical and empirical literature review, and the context of investigation. 

·       Prepare a set of questions and structure of the semi-structured interviews with migration experts and highly skilled returnees and conduct them; prepare and lead focus group discussion.

·       Conduct the descriptive and empirical analysis of the data, and draft part of the chapter on Albania.

·       Draft part of the conclusions chapter which summarizes and compares the results from different countries.

·       Together with the other experts support the Project manager in producing a consolidated executive summary and required interim/progress and final country reports.

·       Ensure the research study matches with the goals of the project, high standards of accuracy, fairness, and balance in analyses and writing, objective and high quality of evidence-based research and analysis.

team members

Apr 2010 (8m)

·       Assist in the design of the questionnaire with users of NLC services.

·       Assure the consistency of the questions and answers.

·       Code the questionnaire and prepare the structure of the database.

·       Train the persons engaged in data entry

·       Decide on the sampling methodology and design the sampling procedure for representativeness

·       Clean the database

·       Analyze the data and interpret findings.

Compile a report on the analysis, and integrate it with the other parts of the project report

team members

Jan 2009 (12m)

·       Assist in the design of the questionnaire.

·       Assure the consistency of the questions and answers.

·       Code the questionnaire and prepare the structure of the database.

·       Train the persons engaged in data entry

·       Decide on the sampling methodology and design the sampling procedure for representativeness

·       Clean the database

·       Analyze the data and interpret findings.

Compile a report on the analysis, and integrate it with the other parts of the project report.

team members

Jun 2009 (5m)

·       Assist in the design of the questionnaire with users of NRC services.

·       Assure the consistency of the questions and answers.

·       Code the questionnaire and prepare the structure of the database.

·       Train the persons engaged in data entry

·       Decide on the sampling methodology and design the sampling procedure for representativeness

·       Clean the database

·       Analyze the data and interpret findings.

Compile a report on the analysis, and integrate it with the other parts of the project report

team members

Jun 2008 (5m)

team members

Jan 2006 (18m)

·       Conduct contextual analysis

·       Design a questionnaire for businesses operating in the North of Albania.

·       Design and conduct focus groups with unemployed women in the Northern Albania

·       Coding and data entry

·       Data analysis and interpretation of findings.

·       Prepare frequent project reports and represent the team in meetings with the OSCE representatives.

·       Report writing.

team members

May 2006 (3m)

·       Prepare the first drafts of the context of investigation. 

·       Based on the contextual analysis, prepare a framework for possibilities of courses that would enhance youngster skills/competences that are required in the labour market.

·       Organize the course on "Marketing Plans", prepare the course materials and lecture the course.

team members

Expertise

  • Econometrics
  • Poverty
  • Migration
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methodology
  • Labour Market