I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Political Economy and Government program. I study macro-political topics such as the causes of war and peace, and the sources of democratization. I am particularly interested in the effect of shared identity on war-proneness and on the diffusion of democracy. I use multiple methods, including game theory, behavioral economics, and content analysis. Before coming to Harvard, I had earned a degree in macroeconomics from Corvinus University of Budapest in Hungary.
Currently I am working on exploring the complex link between identity and warfare, using economic methods. I am also involved in projects on the economic origins of discrimination against minorities, the effect of multidimensional identity on democratization, interstate political integration in the shadow of recessions, social learning of institutions, and the interaction of culture and institutions in the long run.
I write blog posts occasionally, primarily for my course on wars: http://politakos.wordpress.com/.