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Anja Prummer Profile

ANJA PRUMMER (PH.D., EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE)

Anja Prummer works in the field of social networks, addressing the issue of how individuals' decisions might be influenced by their reference group. Individuals are not autonomous, but integrated in networks of relationships, such as peer groups, families, colleagues and neighbours. Taking these relationships into account may offer new explanations for empirically observed facts and patterns, and has key implications for assessing policies whose success will depend not only on individual response, but also on the reference group for each individual.

Anja aims to address these issues using theoretical models that include social network components and have testable empirical implications, with applications to political economy, gender and culture. Specifically, she has studied how lobbying strategies depend on the network of politicians, how network differences between men and women can help understand differences in performance on the job, and how institutions in immigrant communities have an incentive to prevent integration to secure their own payoffs.

Currently, she is working on how parties mobilize their electorate, which depends on how informed the electorate is, but also on its network structure. The scope of the project is both theoretical and empirical and aims at explaining several stylized facts, e.g. polarized polity may emerge due to a less informed, but more aligned electorate. Methodologically, the project contributes to research in both theoretical and empirical Political Economy and Network Theory.