Hi, I am Professor of Public Policy and International Development at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, University of Erfurt. There I teach courses on public policy, political economy and development. My publications straddle political science, sociology and economics. I have written journal articles (e.g. Public Choice, JEPP, EUP, and JCMS) on issues of tax policy, social and labor market policies, and fiscal federalism. My monograph “Taxing the Working Poor” (Edward Elgar 2009) deals with the political and economic tradeoffs between redistribution and job incentives for poor workers. I also have gathered experience as a consultant to the German parliament, the German Society for Technical Cooperation (former GTZ, now GIZ) and the European Investment Bank. Currently I write on a book about human progress.

My research interests are

  • Welfare State and Tax Policies
  • Theories and Methods of Political Economy
  • International Development, Poverty and Inequality


Follow me on twitter (@achkem) and researchgate


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