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Charlotte Bartels

John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2021-2022


Charlotte Bartels

Charlotte Bartels is a postdoctoral researcher at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW). Her research interests lie in the fields of empirical public and labor economics as well as economic history. She is particularly concerned with the long-run dynamics of income and wealth distributions and the political consequences of rising inequality. Another focus of her research is the redistributive and stabilizing impact of welfare state institutions and their incentives. She contributes to the German series for the World Inequality Database (WID). Bartels received her Ph.D. in economics from the Freie Universität Berlin in 2013.

At the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), Bartels will analyze the long-run relationship between inequality and voting behavior using her newly built German Regional Inequality Database. For this, Bartels will examine the political aftermath of financial crises in Germany from the late 19th century until today.


  • Research Associate, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW)
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2021-2022, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Research Topic

Causes and consequences of inequality



Area of Expertise

  • Public Economics
  • Economic History
  • Labor Economics


Bartels, Charlotte, and Dirk Neumann. “Redistribution and Insurance in Welfare States around the World.” The Scandinavian Journal of Economics 123, no. 4 (2021): 1116–58.

Bartels, Charlotte. “Top Incomes in Germany, 1871–2014.” The Journal of Economic History 79, no. 3 (2019): 669–707.

Bartels, Charlotte. Versicherung Und Anreize Im Deutschen Wohlfahrtsstaat. Hessen: Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden, 2014.

CES Award