Meet the Cluster Community: Mark Kapteina

1. Why are you studying inequality?

The right amount of inequality is very important for performance and cohesion in our society. In the search for the right balance, science has a crucial role to play, to which I, as a researcher at the cluster, would like to contribute.

2. What are you working on?

I am concerned with wealth inequality in Germany. I'm interested in what people know and think about it, and what factors influence people's opinions.

3. How did you end up here?

I worked as a research assistant for a cluster project during my studies and thus witnessed the development of the cluster at first hand.

4. Dream research project?

A population survey on the topic of inequality that is representative down to the German municipal level, thus enabling analyses at the local level.

Mark Kapteina is a PhD candidate at the Cluster of Excellence "The Politics of Inequality" at the University of Konstanz. He also is a researcher in the Cluster project "Inequality Barometer: A Repeated Representative Opinion Survey on Inequality and Social Mobility". His research interests include public economics, perceptions of inequality and taxation of wealth.