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The institutions and political inequality research unit focuses on the political economy of social and political inequality. The unit’s initial work has two core strands:

The first strand focuses on inequalities in linkages between citizens and states, examining topics of political accountability and political alienation: when can citizens affect political outcomes and when do they disconnect from, or challenge, political structures?

The second strand, focused on informal institutions, examines the evolution of social norms around behaviors related to equality, fairness, and justice. Of particular interest is norm change induced by changes in economic or demographic structures, such as those produced by migration and urbanization.

Jacobia Dahm
Jacobia Dahm

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IPI Brown Bag

The Effect of Violent Crime on Intrahousehold Bargaining. The Mexican Drug War

by Maria Hernandez de Benito, Georgetown University

Time: Wednesday, April 10, 2019,  1 pm | Venue: WZB Berlin Social Science Center, library tower, 7th floor

This event is part of the IPI Brown Bag Series.


The research unit cooperates with the DENeB: the Berlin Development Economics Network.