Hanno Hilbig

Postdoctoral Fellow
Center for the Study of Democratic Politics
Princeton University

Curriculum Vitae
Google Scholar
Job Market Paper

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University. I defended my PhD dissertation at Harvard University in August 2022. My research lies at the intersection of Comparative Politics and Political Economy. I study the politics of established democracies, with a focus on media in politics. In particular, I analyze how the nationalization of media transforms local policymaking across three central challenges facing democracies: economic crises, immigration, and climate change.

In my job market paper, I examine how local media affects fiscal responses to the Great Recession in Germany. I extend prior research on attitudinal effects of media to show that local media can heighten voters' anxiety about the economic crisis. Ultimately, heightened economic anxiety then leads voters to prefer policy solutions that aid the struggling local economy, inducing governments to enact pro-business responses in the form of tax cuts.

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.

I am 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). Forthcoming, Journal of Politics. [Abstract] [Ungated PDF]  

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. Natural Disasters and Green Party Support (With Sascha Riaz). R&R, Journal of Politics. [Abstract]  
  3. Government Spending and Voting Behavior (With Anselm Hager). R&R, World Politics. [Abstract]  
  4. Refugee Labor Market Access Increases Support for Migration (With Anselm Hager and Sascha Riaz). R&R, Comparative Political Studies. [Abstract]  
  5. Media Monopolies Increase Misperceptions about Immigration: Evidence from German Local Newspapers (with Sascha Riaz). R&R, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. [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. Local Newspaper Decline and Political Polarization in Multi-Party Systems (With Fabio Ellger, Sascha Riaz and Philipp Tillman). [Abstract]  
  3. Political and Social Correlates of Covid-19 Mortality (with Constantin Manuel Bosancianu, Macartan Humphreys, Sampada KC, Nils Lieber and Alex Scacco) [Abstract]  
  4. Difference-in-differences Designs for Controlled Direct Effects (with Matthew Blackwell, Adam Glynn and Connor Phillips) [Abstract]  
  5. Party Nominations and Female Electoral Performance: Evidence from Germany (with Pia Raffler and Thomas Fujiwara) [Abstract]  
  6. Do Autocrats Respond to Citizen Demands? Petitions and Housing Construction in the GDR (with Hans Lueders and Sascha Riaz) [Abstract]  
  7. Does Rent Control Turn Tenants Into NIMBYs? (with Anselm Hager and Robert Vief) [Abstract]