by Viktoria Garvare

On Friday 1 June, Mathias Iwanowsky successfully defended his thesis Essays in Development and Political Economics. Following his defense, we were keen to hear more from Mathias:

1. What is the main theme of your thesis?

The main topic of my thesis is how political economy and economic development interlink. How do politically motivated institutions affect the efficiency of resource use, foster international trade, or change political preferences in case of severe state repression as an institution?

2. Is there a specific finding you would like to highlight from your thesis?

I’d like to highlight two findings from my thesis. First, contrary to common belief, the state can, under the right circumstances (that is enforcement and full information of its users) manage common resources as efficiently as a private institution. Secondly, migration between two developing countries affects trade flows much stronger than previously thought, and much stronger than migration between developed countries.

3. How does it feel now that your thesis is in print and successfully defended?

It is a great time to be around. Stress is off the shoulders and one can start with fresh energy towards new projects.

4. What are your plans for the future?

Loose every pound I gained during the Job Market. Mens sana in corpore sano!