11/10/2011: Doctoral Researchers awarded for best paper

Doctoral Researchers awarded for best paper

 Three Doctoral Candidates of the SFB 884, Markus Baumann, Matthias Haber, and Christian Wälthermann have been awarded for their paper on "Directive Communication? The Informational Interplay of Parliamentary Actors". The Duncan Black Award for best paper in public choice and political economy is awarded biannually at the conference of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).


In their research, which was conducted under the guidance of SFB 884 Principal Investigator Professor Dr. Thomas Bräuninger, Baumann, Haber and Wälthermann analyze press releases by members of parliament in Germany. Their main result: on budget-relevant issues, government parties react much stronger to the communication of opposition parties than vice versa.

The SFB 884 congratulates Baumann, Haber and Wälthermann to the award.


08/08/2011: Postdoctoral Researcher receives CESifo Award

Pierre Boyer, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher at the collaborative research center SFB 884 has been honored with one of the five Distinguished CESifo Affiliate Awards of 2011. Boyer receives this award in the field of economic policy for scientific originality, policy significance and outstanding presentation of the topic.

The awarded paper “Political competition and Mirrleesian income taxation: A first pass”, written by Pierre Boyer together with Professor Dr. Felix Bierbrauer, Chair for Finance at the University of Cologne, analyses different approaches to the charge of income taxation. This innovative analysis also provides evidence for the relationship between voting systems and income taxation.


04/02/2011: Full Professor in Empirical Political Economy (W3)

The School of Social Sciences and the Department of Economics at the University of Mannheim invite applications for the position of

Full Professor in Empirical Political Economy (W3).

The Collaborative Research Center (SFB) “Political Economy of Reforms” was instituted at the University of Mannheim in January 2010. The research program of the SFB includes the development of an Internet Panel Survey. The successful candidate should set up and supervise this Internet Panel Survey. Based on the Internet Panel, he/she should contribute to the research output of the SFB.