I am a post-doctoral researcher at the Collaborative Research Center 884 "The Political Economy of Reforms" at the University of Mannheim. In spring 2016 I spend 4 months as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and the ERC-Project "Willing to Pay? Testing Institutionalist Theory with Experiments" at the European University Institute in Florence.
Previously, I studied sociology and economics in Leipzig (until 2009). From 2010-2014 I was a PhD-student at the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS) at the University of Mannheim. In my dissertation, I examined theoretically and empirically whether societal developments such as population ageing or financial crises affect the way how people form and change their attitudes towards the welfare state.
My research interests are related to political sociology, comparative political economy, welfare state preferences, behavioural economics and survey methodology. One main contribution of my work is the use of innovative (experimental) research designs to study attitude change. I have contributed questionnaires to several waves of the German Internet Panel (e.g. repeated modules of project A6, GIP Reforms Monitor) and successfully applied for data collection in the LISS panel and the Norwegian Citizen Panel.
Does migration affect support for redistribution? New article in West European Politics shows that respondents with high incomes and those who face low labour market competition withdraw support for redistribution when faced with immigration.
Are high status individuals (like doctors) more altruistic? New article published in Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie. See also newspaper article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Check out the latest Issue of Ageing&Society, 37,2:
"Do Increasing Reform Pressures Change Welfare State Preferences? An Experimental Study on Population Ageing, Pension Reform Preferences, Political Knowledge and Ideology"
University of Mannheim
SFB 884 "Political Economy of Reforms"
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