I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Political Economy and Government program. My focus is on macro-political topics such as the causes of interstate conflict and democratization, and in particular how the identity landscape affects them. I use game theory, behavioral economics, and content analysis to analyze these questions. 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 also write blog posts occasionally, primarily for my course on wars: http://politakos.wordpress.com/.