Political Institutions, Conflict, and Redistribution

In this project, I investigate how political instutions, coalition formation, and redistributive institutions interact. More precisely, I do research on the causes and consequences of taxation and social policies. I examine (with Patrick Emmenegger and Lucas Leemann) how the composition of public revenue evolved during the 19th and 20th century and how political institutions shape taxation with focus on direct taxation in the Swiss cantons 1830-1980. In addition, we examine how tax competition emerged in the context of the increasing economic and political integration within states.