Fiscal Policy Attitudes during the Euro Crisis

Which factors shape the fiscal attitudes of political actors during crises? And which fiscal preference coalitions emerge during economic downturns? My doctoral dissertation has focused on disentangling these questions, as well as evaluating the impact of fiscal attitudes on the nature of distributional conflict. Among other things, my work has found that while opposition towards fiscal austerity is high in the Eurozone, a majority of actors prefer it to Eurozone exit (even if exit would entail less austerity). Equally, general opposition towards fiscal retrenchment, particularly among interest groups, masks policy level differences in attitudes, thus facilitating the formation of pro-austerity coalitions in Eurozone crisis countries.

Project Output

  • The Politics of Bad Options. Why the Eurozone’s Problems are so Hard to Resolve
    Book manuscript coauthored with Stefanie Walter, Raphael Reinke & Nils Redeker (University of Zurich)
  • Fiscal Priorities in Hard Times: Evidence on Interest Group Preference Congruence in the Eurozone Periphery
  • Why do the Germans want the Black Zero? Analogical Reasoning & Attitudes towards Sovereign Debt

Socio-Political Inequality

A second core research interest of mine revolves around answering fundamental questions about the causes of inequality. Within the research that I am pursuing on this topic, I leverage large-n survey and biography data, to evaluate questions such as ‘How do economic depressions affect labor market inequality?’ and ‘Are well-connected individuals more likely to run for and win electoral office?’

Project Output

  • Dualization and Labor Market Inequality during the Great Recession Working Paper

    Coauthored with Hanna Schwander (Hertie School of Governance)

  • Do Informal Connections determine Political Candidacy and Success? Evidence from U.S. State Assembly Elections Project Abstract

    Joint project with William Marble (Stanford University)