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Lukas Haffert

John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2017-2018


Lukas Haffert

Lukas Haffert is a John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at CES. After completing his Ph.D. at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) in Cologne, he has been a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence and a senior researcher at the University of Zurich. His PhD Dissertation has been awarded the Otto Hahn Medal for outstanding scientific achievements by the Max Planck Society and the German Thesis Award by the Körber Foundation.

During his stay at CES, Lukas will start a new research project on the fiscal policy of comparative capitalisms. In this project, he argues that comparative political economists typically analyze fiscal policy from a distributional angle. They thus tend to miss the allocational politics of fiscal decisions which can be very different from the distributional ones.

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, University of Zurich
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow 2017-2018, CES, Harvard University
  • Visiting Scholar 2017-1918, CES, Harvard University


  • Lukas Haffert, Die schwarze Null - Über die Schattenseiten ausgeglichener Haushalte. (Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2016).
  • Lukas Haffert & P. Mehrtens, “From Austerity to Expansion? Consolidation, Budget Surpluses, and the Decline of Fiscal Capacity,” Politics & Society 43 (1), 119-148, 2015.

Research Topic

The fiscal policy of comparative capitalisms


Political Economy

Areas of Expertise

  • Comparative political economy
  • Fiscal policy
  • Taxation
  • Historical institutionalism

Awards and Recognitions

  • Otto Hahn Medal for outstanding scientific achievements by the Max Planck Society, 2015.
  • Deutscher Studienpreis (German Thesis Award) by the Koerber Foundation, 2015.