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Timur Ergen

John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2022-2023

Residency Dates: September 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023


Timur Ergen

Timur Ergen is a senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cologne in 2014. Ergen is a social scientist with a primary research interest in the interactions between economic, social, and technological change.

While at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), Ergen will investigate how the problems of deindustrialization have been represented in different societies across the Atlantic. His research will demonstrate how the debates in Germany and the United States diverged beginning in the late 1960s and track these diverging trajectories through four policy-fields – antitrust, fiscal policy, industrial policy, and trade – to show that ideational changes conditioned institutional changes.


  • Senior Researcher, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG)
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2022-2023, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Research Project

The social bases of the postindustrial imaginary: Deindustrialization in Germany and the United States, 1968–2003


Political Economy

Areas of Expertise

Economic Sociology
Historical Methods
Industrial Policy
Renewable Energy

Select Publications

Bulfone, Fabio, Timur Ergen, and Manolis Kalaitzake. “No Strings Attached: Corporate Welfare, State Intervention, and the Issue of Conditionality.” Competition & Change, 2022,

Ergen, Timur, Sebastian Kohl, and Benjamin Braun. “Firm Foundations: The Statistical Footprint of Multinational Corporations as a Problem for Political Economy.” Competition & Change, 2022, 102452942210937.

Ergen, Timur, and Inga Rademacher. “The Silicon Valley Imaginary: US Corporate Tax Reform in the 1980s.” Socio-Economic Review, 2021.