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Research Interests

  • Public Economics
  • Political Economy
  • Labor Economics
  • Information Economics


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.

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


Working Papers

Political Competition with Endogenous Party Formation and Citizen Activists, February 2020. Revise and Resubmit at AEJ Microeconomics.

Pareto-Improving Tax Reforms and The Earned Income Tax Credit, with Felix Bierbrauer and Pierre Boyer, June 2020. Revise and Resubmit at Econometrica. Listed as CEPR Discussion Paper, CESifo Working Paper, ECONtribute Discussion Paper.   

How Effective Are Social Distancing Policies? Evidence on the Fight Against COVID-19 from Germany, with Ulrich Glogowsky and Simeon Schächtele, June 2020. Listed as CESifo Working Paper.


Work in Progress

Family Policies and Child-Related Earnings Gaps in Germany (Slides, Extended Abstract),
with Timm Bönke, Ulrich Glogowsky, Holger Lüthen and Dominik Sachs.

On the Political Economy of the Income Tax Threshold,
with Felix Bierbrauer, Pierre Boyer and Anasuya Raj.