Conference | 08/02/2021 - 08/08/2021 | 12:20 PM - 12:21 PM | Harnack House, Ihnestraße 16-20, 14195 Berlin
Max Planck Summer School on the Political Economy of Conflict and Redistribution 2021

The Political Economy of Conflict and Redistribution (PolEcCon) Summer School 2022 is aimed at young researchers in the early stage of their careers as PhD students and Postdocs, notably in the fields of Economics and Political Science. The School provides research-oriented lectures by senior experts in the field of the Political Economy of Conflict and Redistribution.


Methodologically it will cover theory and experiments in the field and in the laboratory. In addition to these lectures, participants will have the opportunity to present and discuss their own research and their research papers to the whole group. There will also be a panel discussion by the Summer School lecturers. Opportunities will also be available for work and discussion in informal groups that might lead to collaborative research efforts among the participants.

The working language of the Summer School is English.

Scientific Organizers:
Kai A. Konrad, Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance and CEPR

Dan Kovenock, Economic Science Institute, Chapman University, USA

Ronny Razin, London School of Economics and CEPR


Jana Cahlikova, MPI for Tax Law and Public Finance

has a PhD in Economics and Econometrics from CERGE-EI in Prague. She joined the MPI as a Senior Research Fellow in July 2015. Her research lies in behavioral and experimental economics, focusing on antisocial behavior, triggers of conflict, ethnic discrimination, and behavior under stress. She has run economic experiments in the laboratory and in the field, in Czechia, Slovakia, and Uganda. In the past two years, Jana taught (together with Marco Serena) a graduate-level course in economics of conflict at the Ludwig- Maximilian-University, Munich.

Subhasish M. Chowdhury, University of Bath

is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Bath, UK since 2017. Prior to that he was at the University of East Anglia (UK). His research interests are Game Theory (with applications to Political Economy and Pubic Economics), Industrial Economics, and Experimental / Behavioral Economics. He completed his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in India before pursuing his PhD in Purdue University (USA). He builds theoretical models and uses laboratory/ field data to analyze situations of conflict and competition in general. Moreover, he pursues research on various topics on market and competition policies. In the area of Behavioral Economics, he investigates the reasons behind social/anti-social behavior, and behavioral biases in strategic situations. He has been publishing in internationally renowned journals, and guest edited special issues of ‘Economic Inquiry’ and the ‘Journal of Economic Psychology’.

Kai A. Konrad, MPI for Tax Law and Public Finance

is a Director at the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance in Munich and a Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society. He is member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and of several other science academies. He was Co-editor of the Journal of Public Economics (2007–2018). He is a member of the Council of Scientific Advisors to the Federal Ministry of Finance (since 1999) and was the chairperson from 2011–2014. He published more than 120 papers in international journals, including Management Science, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Theoretical Biology and the American Economic Review.

Dan Kovenock, Chapman University

has served as a Professor of Economics in the Economic Science Institute at Chapman University since 2013. Prior to that he held Professorships at the University of Iowa and Purdue University, where he as Economics Policy Chairman from 1997 to 2001. He has previously served as an Editor of the International Journal of Industrial Organization and on the editorial boards of the European Economic Review and the Strategic Management Journal. He is currently a Co-editor of Economic Theory and the Economic Theory Bulletin, and serves on the editorial boards of Games and Economic Behavior, the Journal of Public Economic Theory, and Social Choice and Welfare. He has more than 70 papers in international publications, including outlets such as the American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies, Management Science, Naval Research Logistics, Games and Economic Behavior, and Experimental Economics.

Marco Serena, MPI for Tax Law and Public Finance

has a BA and MA (summa cum laude) from Bocconi University, both in economics. He completed his PhD in Economics (summa cum laude) in 2017 at the University Carlos III, Madrid. Since 2016 Marco is a Senior Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance, Munich. His research interest focuses on both theoretical and applied investigations of contests and conflict through the lens of game theory. His research appears in journals such as European Journal of Political Economy and Public Choice, among others. Last semester Marco taught a graduate-level course in economics of conflict at the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich.

Branislav Slantchev, University of California, San Diego

studies international conflict (military coercion, interwar negotiations, and crisis bargaining), authoritarian regimes (repression and collective action), and the emergence of the fiscal-military state (wealth assessment and parliamentary politics). His articles appear in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Politics, International Organization, and Comparative Political Studies, among others. His book on military threats was published by Cambridge University Press. He has been on the faculty at the University of California - San Diego since 2002, where he is now Professor of Political Science, and has held visiting professorships at Princeton University, University of Konstanz, and University of Luzern.


Local organizer: Sandra Sundt-Johannesen, MPI for Tax Law and Public Finance

Location: The PolEcCon Summer School 2021 will take place at the historical Harnack House of the Max Planck Society in Berlin, Germany.  

Dates: The Summer School runs from August 2-8, 2021. Participants are expected to stay for the full duration of the meeting.  

Funding and Fees: The 2021 event is generously supported by the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance. There is no participation fee for the Summer School. However, participants have to cover their own cost of travel and accommodation. Room capacity is reserved at the event location, but independent booking is also feasible. More information will be provided to the participants who are admitted. 

Application: Your application file should include:

  • A current Curriculum Vitae in pdf format
  • A short outline of your research interests and why they might fit with the topic of the Summer School
  • Optional - a research paper you might want to present/discuss at the meeting
  • Optional - letter(s) of recommendation

To submit your application for the PolEcCon Summer School please go to Submissions are open from December 1, 2020 until March 31, 2021.

Tentative Timeline: Applicants will be notified about the admission decision by April 20, 2021. Admitted students will be asked to inform the organizers whether they would like to present a paper or a research draft. We plan to announce the program for the Summer School in early June 2021 and will also update the conference homepage continuously. 

Questions: If you have questions regarding admissions or any other academic matters, please contact with “PolEcCon2021” in the subject line. If you have questions about lodging, travel arrangement or other logistic matters, please contact with “PolEcCon2021” in the subject line.

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Contact Person

Sandra Sundt-Johannesen

Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance

Phone: +49-89-24246-5251
Fax: +49-89-24246-5299