Achim Kemmerling

Associate Professor
Political Economy
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Diplom in Political Science - Free University Berlin
MA in International Political Economy - Warwick University
PhD in Political Science - Free University Berlin
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Achim Kemmerling is Associate Professor of Political Economy at the Department of Public Policy, Central European University Budapest where he teaches courses on methodology, political economy and development. He has published in academic journals of various disciplines (e.g. Public Choice, JEPP, EUP, and JCMS) on issues of tax policy, social and labor market policies, and fiscal federalism. His monograph "Taxing the Working Poor" (Edward Elgar 2009) deals with the political and economic tradeoffs between redistribution and job incentives for poor workers. He has worked as a consultant to the German parliament, the German Society for Technical Cooperation (former GTZ, now GIZ) and the European Investment Bank.

His research interests are

  • Welfare State and Tax Policies
  • Theories and Methods of Political Economy
  • International Development, Poverty and Inequality

Currently he is working on issues of welfare state reforms, microcapital and the political instability of welfare states in Latin America. For further inquiries please contact him directly.

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labor market policy
Latin America
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Book Chapter
Kemmerling, A., and T. Bodenstein. "Die politische Ökonomie der EU-Integration am Beispiel der Osterweiterung." In Die politische Ökonomie des EU-Entscheidungsprozesses: Modelle und Anwendungen, edited by T. Selck and T. Veen, 29-48. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 2008.
Kemmerling, A.. "Die Messung von Brutto- und Nettosozialleistungen." In Ökonomische Leistungsfähigkeit Deutschlands, 150-172. Forum der Bundesstatistik , no. 44. Wiesbaden: Statist. Bundesamt, 2004.
Kemmerling, A.. "The Political Economy of Support for Eastward Enlargement. Job Loss, Institutions, and Political Alienation in Central and Eastern European Countries." In The European Union Enlargement – Social and Economic Impacts, edited by J. Caetano, 33-50. Evora: Centro de Documentação Europeia, 2003.
Kemmerling, A.. "The Social Dimension of Regional Integration." In The Eastward enlargement of the Eurozone: State of the Art Report, edited by H. Jacobsen, 82-93. Ezoneplus Working Paper , no. no.2. Berlin: Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Freie Universität Berlin, 2002.
Journal Article
Kemmerling, A., and M. Neugart. "Financial market lobbies and pension reform." European Journal of Political Economy 25, no. 2 (2009): 163-173.
Kemmerling, A.. "The Weights You Choose, The Odds You Get : Using Different Spatial Weights. The Example Of Labor Market Policies." Concepts & Methods : Newsletter of the IPSA Committee on Concepts and Methods 4, no. 2 (2008): 10-13.
Kemmerling, A., and T. Bodenstein. Ripples in a Rising Tide : Why Some EU Regions Receive More Structural Funds Than Others Do. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University, 2008.