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IPI research unit

The institutions and political inequality research unit focuses on the political economy of social and political inequality. The unit’s initial work has two core strands:

The first strand focuses on inequalities in linkages between citizens and states, examining topics of political accountability and political alienation: when can citizens affect political outcomes and when do they disconnect from, or challenge, political structures?

The second strand, focused on informal institutions, examines the evolution of social norms around behaviors related to equality, fairness, and justice. Of particular interest is norm change induced by changes in economic or demographic structures, such as those produced by migration and urbanization.


Zhanna Mylogorodska
fon +49 (0)30 25491-389
Marion Obermaier
fon +49 (0)30 25491-301

mail: [at]

Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin

Brownbag Series

Upcoming events:

January 11:
Caterina Chiopris (Harvard University)
January 18:
Sara Wallace Goodman (University of California Irvine)
January 25:
Alexey Makarin (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Full BB Schedule Fall-Winter 2022-23


The research unit cooperates with the DENeB: the Berlin Development Economics Network.