Hanno Hilbig

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
University of California, Davis

Curriculum Vitae
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I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Davis. My research lies at the intersection of Comparative Politics and Political Economy. I explore the political implications of central challenges facing established democracies, such as shifting media landscapes, immigration, inequality, fiscal adversity, and housing. I primarily employ causal inference methods for observational data. My work leverages a range of research designs and data sources, including natural experiments, large-scale surveys and administrative data.

Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University. I graduaded with a PhD from the Department of Government at Harvard University in 2022.


  1. Do Inheritance Customs Affect Political and Social Inequality? 2019. (with Anselm Hager). American Journal of Political Science, 63 (4): 758-773. [Abstract]  
  2. Does Public Opinion Affect Political Speech? 2020. (with Anselm Hager). American Journal of Political Science, 64 (4): 921-937. [Abstract]  
  3. Locked Out of College: When Admissions Bureaucrats Do and Do Not Discriminate. 2022. (with Jacob Brown). British Journal of Political Science, 52(3): 1436-1446. [Abstract] [Preprint]  
  4. Freedom of Movement Restrictions Inhibit the Psychological Integration of Refugees. 2022. (with Sascha Riaz). Journal of Politics., 84(4): 2288-2293. [Abstract] [Preprint]  
  5. Natural Disasters and Green Party Support. (With Sascha Riaz). Forthcoming, Journal of Politics. [Abstract] [Preprint]  
  6. Local News Monopolies Increase Misperceptions about Immigration. 2023. (with Sascha Riaz). Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 49(17): 4536-4558. [Abstract] [Preprint]  
  7. Refugee Labor Market Access Increases Support for Migration (With Anselm Hager and Sascha Riaz). Forthcoming, Comparative Political Studies. [Abstract]  
  8. Wealth of Tongues: Why Peripheral Regions Vote for the Radical Right in Germany (with Daniel Bischof and Daniel Ziblatt). Forthcoming, American Political Science Review. [Abstract] [Preprint]  
  9. Government Spending and Voting Behavior (With Anselm Hager). Forthcoming, World Politics. [Abstract]  
  10. Local Newspaper Decline and Political Polarization in Multi-Party Systems (With Fabio Ellger, Sascha Riaz and Philipp Tillman). Accepted, British Journal of Political Science. [Abstract]  

Working Papers & Work in Progress

  1. Does Rent Control Turn Tenants Into NIMBYs?. (with Anselm Hager and Robert Vief). Reject & Resubmit, Journal of Politics. [Abstract]  
  2. Electoral Constraints on Affordable Housing (with Andreas Wiedemann). Revise & Resubmit, American Journal of Political Science. [Abstract]  
  3. The Role of Media in Hard Times: How Local Newspapers Affect Policy Responses to Economic Crises. [Abstract]  
  4. Political and Social Correlates of Covid-19 Mortality (with Constantin Manuel Bosancianu, Macartan Humphreys, Sampada KC, Nils Lieber and Alex Scacco) [Abstract]  
  5. Difference-in-differences Designs for Controlled Direct Effects (with Matthew Blackwell, Adam Glynn and Connor Phillips) [Abstract]  
  6. Party Nominations and Female Electoral Performance: Evidence from Germany (with Pia Raffler and Thomas Fujiwara) [Abstract]  
  7. Do Autocrats Respond to Citizen Demands? Petitions and Housing Construction in the GDR (with Hans Lueders and Sascha Riaz) [Abstract]