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I am currently on leave as an Acting Professor at the University of Munich (


Research Interests

  • Public Economics
  • Political Economy
  • Labor Economics


Pareto-Improving Tax Reforms and the Earned Income Tax Credit, with F. Bierbrauer and P. Boyer, September 2022. Forthcoming at Econometrica. Listed as CESifo Working Paper, CEPR Discussion Paper, ECONtribute Discussion Paper. [Replication Package]

Political Competition with Endogenous Party Formation and Citizen Activists, American Economic Journal: Microeconomics 14 (3): 35-75 (2022). 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).


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.