Meet the Cluster Community: Tim Hermann

1. Why are you studying inequality?

I am particularly interested in economic inequality which is a widespread and rising phenomenon. The ongoing political discussion about rising income and wealth inequality, the economic consequences and the addressing policies make the topic very interesting to me.

2. What are you working on?

I currently work on my first research paper with my supervisor Prof. Dr. Scholl on the interaction of sovereign debt crises with economic inequality and political economic factors.

3. How did you end up here?

The right time at the right place: I wanted to pursue a PhD program, Prof. Dr. Scholl had a position to fill in a cluster project and the research topic was perfectly in line with my research interests.

4. Recent highlight?

The stay at Study Center Gerzensee in September: Getting in touch with other PhD students and studying an interesting topic of International Macroeconomics.

Tim Hermann is a PhD candidate and researcher at the Cluster of Excellence "The Politics of Inequality" at the University of Konstanz, where he works on the project "From Bad to Worse? Financial Crises, Polarization, and Inequality". His research interests include macroeconomics, inequality and fiscal policy.