Brief Bio

Brief Bio | Jan Stuckatz

I am Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST) specializing in Political Economy and Political Methodology. I received my PhD in Political Science from the Government Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2019.

My research combines political economy of trade and corporate influence in politics, with a special emphasis on firm-level analysis. This novel agenda is made possible by the availability of big data on corporate political activity and trade policy, and my training in machine learning techniques and data science tools. In particular, my work evolves around three major themes.

First, in my work on the political economy of campaign contributions, I examine when and why U.S. employees’ political contributions align with those of their company. Using big data linking corporate and employee donations, I find that a substantive share of employee contributions goes to firm-supported candidates. Moreover, aligned donations are consistent with interests of the employer, and some employees even change partisanship of their contributions in line with their employer. This evidence suggests that individual donations are more investment-driven (and less ideologically motivated) than previously thought.

Second, in joint work on corporate influence in politics with In Song Kim (MIT) and Lukas Wolters (MIT), we research when interest groups use campaign contributions to target politicians and whether such political investments indeed change subsequent legislative behaviour. We provide causal estimates using 72 million donations and lobbying filings from the U.S., showing a large and positive relationship between donations, lobbying, and legislative behaviour of politicians. The effects are extremely short-term, thus challenging the common perception of donations as a long-term political investment.

Finally, in work on the political economy of trade, together with Oleksandr Shepotylo (Aston University), we study the impact of political uncertainty on firm’s decisions to source intermediate inputs. Using a unique panel of Ukrainian manufacturing firms, we find that uncertainty significantly affects imports, particularly for capital-intensive goods important for technological upgrading in emerging economies. The novel measure of uncertainty can be easily applied to other cases where governments face multiple mutually exclusive policy options.

I am looking forward to teaching courses in International Political Economy, Money in Politics, and Quantitative Methods.

On this website, you will find my research, my teaching experience, and my curriculum vitae. Feel free to contact me via email.