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Benjamin Braun

John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2016-2017

Room 415
Residency Dates: September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2017


Benjamin Braun

Benjamin Braun is a political economist who was previously based at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) in Cologne. He holds degrees in political science and economics from the University of Munich and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Warwick and the Université Libre de Bruxelles. For his work on the European Central Bank he received the ‘Sir Walter Bagehot Prize for Best Dissertation in Government and Public Administration,’ awarded by the Political Studies Association in the UK.

During his stay at CES, Benjamin will start a new research project on ‘asset manager capitalism’. Through the lens of comparative political economy he will study how the rise of asset management companies transforms the investment chain, with a focus on the ability of this emerging configuration to provide long-term capital to firms. In addition, he will continue to work on central banking, including as a member of the research team on a Transparency International project on the transparency and accountability of euro area governance.

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.

This information was last updated for the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowship, September 2017.


  • Senior Researcher, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow 2016-2017, CES, Harvard University
  • Visiting Scholar 2016-2017, CES, Harvard University

Other Material

Political Economy

Areas of Expertise:
International and Comparative Political Economy

Research Topic:
Asset Manager Capitalism and Patient Capital