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Michael Neugart

Visiting Scholar 2021-2022 (Spring 2022) & John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow 2002-2003


Michael Neugart

Michael Neugart is professor of public economics and economic policy at Technical University of Darmstadt, where he also is dean of study programs and director of the Center for Teacher Education (Zentrum für Lehrerbildung). Neugart serves on the editorial board of the European Journal of Political Economy and has published more than 40 research articles in general interest and leading field journals.

Neugart was a John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) in 2002-2003 and will be returning to the Center as a visiting scholar during the Spring 2022 term. His main research interests are in the areas of labor economics, macroeconomics, political economics, and agent-based modeling. Recently, he has been working on issues of voting behavior, social preferences, network effects in labor markets, genetic determinants of preferences, or the economic consequences of helicopter money.

Before joining the faculty at Technical University of Darmstadt in 2011, Neugart taught at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB). He has also been a visiting professor at University of Bielefeld and associate professor at Free University of Bolzano.

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  • Professor of Public Economics and Economic Policy, Technical University of Darmstadt
  • Visiting Scholar 2021-2022, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow 2002-2003, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Research Project

Political polarization and international cooperation.



Areas of Expertise

  • Political Economics
  • Labor Economics
  • Agent-based Modeling

Select Publications

Neugart, Michael, and Selen Yildirim. “Heritability in Friendship Networks.” Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, vol. 194, 2022, pp. 41–55.,

Goerke, Laszlo, and Michael Neugart. “Social Preferences, Monopsony and Government Intervention.” Canadian Journal of Economics/Revue Canadienne D'économique, vol. 54, no. 2, 2021, pp. 864–891.,

Neugart, Michael. “The Legacy Effect of Socialism on Risky Savings.” Applied Economics, vol. 53, no. 33, 2021, pp. 3810–3831.,