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Seelkopf, Laura

Assistant Professor of International Political Economy

University of St. Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science, Switzerland



Max Weber alumnus

Robert Schuman Centre

Cohort(s): 2016/2017

Ph.D. Institution

University of Essex, United Kingdom


I am a political scientist working within the field of political economy and comparative politics, with a special focus on tax and social policy. My further interests are in the areas of research design, experiments, and quantitative methods. I hold a PhD from the University of Essex and an MA from the University of Konstanz. Currently, I am on leave from the Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy (SOCIUM) at the University of Bremen.
My work on international tax competition, social policy, tax evasion, and inequality has been published in various journals and edited books. Together with two colleagues I have also organized two special issues on taxation and social policy outside the OECD. My teaching experience includes classes on research design, statistics, inequality and redistributive policies, as well as international institutions, both in English and German and for BA/MA/PhD. Since 2015, I have been a board member of the Political Economy Section of the German Political Science Association.
During my stay at the EUI I will map and analyze the comparative dynamics of progressive taxation across the world and discuss its consequences for income inequality.
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