Michael Dorsch

Michael Dorsch
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dates de séjour

01/02/2020 - 13/07/2021


Économie et finance

Fonction d’origine

Professeur associé

Institution d’origine

Central European University, School of Public Policy, Budapest (Hongrie)

pays d'origine


projet de recherche

Asylum seekers, voters, and populists: The European refugee crisis in a domestic political context

This project examines whether exposure to asylum seeking refugees has an impact on the political success of populist parties. We propose to investigate this question using data from Italian municipal elections. An issue is estimating such a relationship causally is that refugees may sort into municipalities that have polities and/or policies that are not hostile towards migration. To address this issue, we exploit a specificity of the process through which asylum seekers are allocated to reception centers in Italy, which ensures some degree of exogenous variation of asylum seekers across municipalities. Furthermore, we will explore heterogeneous effects with respect to the kinds of policies that are in place at the municipal level for integrating immigrants into society and labor markets.


Michael Dorsch is an Associate Professor of Economics and the Central European University in Budapest and Vienna. He is an applied economist whose research and teaching interests are mainly in political economics and public economics. Employing formal theoretical modeling and data-driven empirical investigation, Michael's research has appeared in leading academic journals across the quantitative social sciences. Current working papers and past publications can be accessed from the Research page of his personal website (https://sites.google.com/view/dorsch/research). In 2019/20, Michael is teaching Applied Regression Analysis and Public Sector Economics for the School of Public Policy, as well as Domestic Politics in the Global Economy for the Doctoral School. He is also currently serving as the director of the MPA program for the School of Public Policy.