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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of Economics

Mattias Polborn

Director of Graduate Studies,
Professor of Economics

Research Interests

Political economy, Microeconomics, Public economics


Economics, University of Munich, 1998

Selected Publications

  • "Social ideology and taxes in a differentiated candidates framework", with Stefan Krasa, American Economic Review, forthcoming.
  • "Executive Discretion and Crisis Prevention: An Efficiency Rationale for Limitations on Executive Power", with Tiberiu Dragu, American Journal of Political Science, forthcoming.
  • "The Administrative Foundation of the Rule of Law", with Tiberiu Dragu, Journal of Politics, forthcoming.
  • "Political competition between differentiated candidates", with Stefan Krasa, Games and Economic Behavior, 76 (1), (2012), 249-271.
  • "The option to wait in collective decisions", with Matthias Messner, Journal of Public Economics, 96 (5-6),
    (2012), 524 - 540.
  • "Competition between specialized candidates," with Stefan Krasa, American Political Science Review, 104 (4), November 2010, 745 -765.
  • "The binary policy model," with Stefan Krasa, Journal of Economic Theory, 145 (2), March 2010, 661-688.
  • “Is mandatory voting better than voluntary voting?,” with Stefan Krasa, Games and Economic Behavior, 66 (1), May 2009, 275-291.
  • "Political polarization and the electoral effects of media bias", with Stefan Krasa and Dan Bernhardt, Journal of Public Economics, 92 (5-6), June 2008, 1092-1104.
  • “Positive and negative campaigning,” with David Yi. Quarterly Journal of Political Science, vol. 1 (2006), 351-371.
  • “Investment under uncertainty in dynamic conflicts,” Review of Economic Studies, vol. 73 (2006), 505-529.
  • “Primaries and the New Hampshire effect,” with Tilman Klumpp, Journal of Public Economics, vol. 90 (2006), 1073-1114.
  • “Voting on majority rules,” with Matthias Messner, Review of Economic Studies, vol. 71 (2004), 115-132.