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Jaakko Meriläinen defence 17th of May 2019.

Congratulations to IIES graduate student Jaakko Meriläinen , who on Friday 17th of  May successfully defended his doctoral thesis "Essays in Political Economics". Thank you to Toke Aidt from University of Cambridge for acting as opponent.  We managed to get a hold of Jaakko after the defence and asked him a few questions. 

1. What is the main theme of your thesis?

My thesis consists of six essays on different topics in political economics. One unifying theme is that the chapters study causes and consequences of electoral outcomes. Two of the chapters study political consequences of electoral results on individual politicians, two chapters look at the economic consequences of political selection, and two chapters explore the connection between voters' social class and voting behavior.

2. How do you feel now that you have successfully defended your thesis and it is in print?

Defending the thesis seems like a rather small step at the end of a long journey, but it is definitely nice to be done. The chapters of the thesis are the first papers I ever wrote. It feels good to see that they led to something.

3. Do you have any plans for the future?

I have a bunch of exciting projects that I hope to work with during the summer. Together with coauthors, we are studying questions related to the Finnish Civil War, pre-electoral coalition formation in politics, and enlargement of the European Union, and so forth. In July, I will move to Mexico City where I will start as an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. So I suppose I am not yet done with studying, but learning Spanish will be another challenge for the near future.

 We here at the IIES wish Jaakko the very best in México City!