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Research Interests

  • Public Economics
  • Political Economy
  • Labor Economics


Political Competition with Endogenous Party Formation and Citizen Activists, American Economic Journal: Microeconomics (forthcoming). Other version: CESifo Working Paper.

Optimal Income Taxation with Labor Supply Responses at Two Margins: When is an Earned Income Tax Credit Optimal?, Journal of Public Economics 195, 104365 (2021). Other versions: CESifo Working Paper; Working paper June 2018.

How Effective Are Social Distancing Policies? Evidence on the Fight Against COVID-19, with U. Glogowsky and S. Schächtele, PLoS ONE 16(9): e0257363 (2021). Online Appendix. Other version: CESifo Working Paper.

Political Selection and the Optimal Concentration of Political Power, with A. Grunewald and G. Pönitzsch, Economic Theory 70, 273-311 (2020).


Working Papers

Pareto-Improving Tax Reforms and The Earned Income Tax Credit, with F. Bierbrauer and P. Boyer, June 2021. [Supplementary Material.] Revised and Resubmitted to Econometrica. Listed as CEPR Discussion Paper, CESifo Working Paper, ECONtribute Discussion Paper.  


Work in Progress

Family Policies and Child-Related Earnings Gaps in Germany (Slides, Extended Abstract),
with T. Bönke, U. Glogowsky, H. Lüthen and D. Sachs.

On the Political Economy of the Income Tax Threshold,
with F. Bierbrauer, P. Boyer and A. Raj.