I am a PhD candidate in Economics at Vanderbilt University. I am on the 2019-20 academic job market, and I will be available for interviews at the ASSA annual meeting in San Diego.
I am an applied theorist in political economy. I view political economy as the bridge between policy knowledge and policy implementation. Our empirical knowledge about the effects of policy has arguably never been better. We have big data, enormous computational resources, careful identification strategies, and a wealth of natural experiments. However, merely knowing what the right policies are is insufficient. For that knowledge to generate gains for society, a politician has to act upon it, and consequently, we must understand the incentives politicians face when choosing policies, given the information available to them. My research uses game-theoretic models to understand the incentives politicians have to endorse policies during the campaign and to implement those policies when in office. By better understanding those strategic interactions, social scientists will be better able to turn policy ideas into policy reality.
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Contact me at: Mathew.Knudson@Vanderbilt.edu
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