Hanno Hilbig

Postdoctoral Fellow
Center for the Study of Democratic Politics
Princeton University

Curriculum Vitae
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Job Market Paper

I am 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. My research lies at the intersection of Comparative Politics and Political Economy. I study the politics of established democracies. In particular, I examine the political effects of central challenges facing democracies, such as changing media landscapes, immigration, inequality, adverse fiscal conditions and housing.

I often use novel data sets, ranging from self-collected survey data to archival data or large-scale administrative data sets. My empirical work pays close attention to causal inference and employs identification strategies such as regression discontinuity designs, field experiments, and matching designs. My publications and working papers are listed below and on my Google Scholar page.

Previously, I was affiliated with the Institutions and Political Inequality Group at WZB Berlin. At Harvard, I was research fellow in the Stone Program in Wealth Distribution, Inequality and Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.


  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] [Ungated PDF]  
  4. Freedom of Movement Restrictions Inhibit the Psychological Integration of Refugees (with Sascha Riaz). Journal of Politics., 84(4): 2288-2293. [Abstract] [Ungated PDF]  
  5. Natural Disasters and Green Party Support (With Sascha Riaz). Forthcoming, Journal of Politics. [Abstract]  
  6. Local News Monopolies Increase Misperceptions about Immigration (with Sascha Riaz). Forthcoming, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. [Abstract]  
  7. Refugee Labor Market Access Increases Support for Migration (With Anselm Hager and Sascha Riaz). Accepted, Comparative Political Studies. [Abstract]  

Revise & Resubmit

  1. Wealth of Tongues: Why Peripheral Regions Vote for the Radical Right in Germany (with Daniel Bischof and Daniel Ziblatt). R&R, American Political Science Review. [Abstract]  
  2. Government Spending and Voting Behavior (With Anselm Hager). R&R, World Politics. [Abstract]  
  3. Local Newspaper Decline and Political Polarization in Multi-Party Systems (With Fabio Ellger, Sascha Riaz and Philipp Tillman). R&R, British Journal of Political Science. [Abstract]  

Working Papers & Work in Progress

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