Publications

While social pressure between close network ties is widely believed to influence voters, evidence that information passed between weak …

In this paper, we show that it is important to distinguish between liquid and illiquid wealth in order to understand how voters form …

The marginal interest rate is the rate of interest at which a household can access additional liquidity. Consumption theory posits that …

We estimate the dynamics of political preferences over social insurance and redistribution when people receive new information about …

The distribution of wealth in society is very unequal and has important economic and political consequences. According to standard …

In this paper, we utilize the quasi-random allocation of refugees to Danish municipalities to study how an inflow of people from both …

Identifying the factors which influence academic performance is an essential part of educational research. Previous studies have …

Legislative gridlock is a failure of one of the key functions of government: to pass legislation. Can voters counter such political …

A recent literature has investigated how political selections - who runs for office and who is ultimately elected - is affected by …

Identifying the factors that determine academic performance is an essential part of educational research. Existing research indicates …

Do political institutions limit rent seeking by politicians? We study the transformation of petroleum rents, almost universally under …

Much empirical work in the social sciences relies on the accuracy of survey responses. Of all the questions answered by survey …

The political budget cycle — how elections affect government fiscal policy — is one of the most studied subjects in political economy …

When does new economic information cause voters to reevaluate the government’s competence and ultimately vote economically? Since …

This paper shows how Danish administrative register data can be combined with survey data at the person level and be used to validate …

This article analyzes the political origins of differences in adherence to the fiscal framework of the European Union (EU). It shows …

We use panel data on corruption convictions, new panels of assistant US Attorneys and relative public sector wages, and careful …

We analyze how a key component of fiscal governance, the ability of governments to pass a budget on time, affects government bond yield …

The budget forms the legal basis for government spending, and timely budgets, enacted before the new fiscal year, are an integral part …

Optimal jurisdiction size is a cornerstone of government design. A strong tradition in political thought argues that democracy thrives …

This paper investigates the effects of checks and balances on corruption. Within a presidential system, effective separation of powers …

This paper investigates the relationship between ethnic fractionalization and the size of the informal, or hidden, economy. Recent …

We use unique panel data on the evolution of transparent budget procedures in the US states over the past three decades to explore the …

Many believe and argue that fiscal, or budgetary, transparency has large, positive effects on fiscal performance. However, the evidence …

We investigate the effects of fiscal transparency and political polarization on the prevalence of electoral cycles in fiscal balance. …

Do better-informed people vote more? Recent formal theories of voter turnout emphasize a positive effect of being informed on the …

Theoretically, this article draws on political agency theory to formulate hypotheses. Empirically, it shows that political institutions …

We explore the effect of the transparency of fiscal institutions in government on the scale of government and gubernatorial approval …