Anke Kessler received her M.SC. in economics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and her Ph.D. from the University of Bonn, Germany. Before joining the department of Economics at SFU in 2003, she was an assistant professor at the University of Bonn. Prof. Kessler’s main research interests are political institutions and structure of government, fiscal federalism, and development economics.
Her current work is broadly concerned with the interrelation between formal and informal institutions, and well-being. The research touches on a variety of topics, including policy formation in federal legislatures, informal and development, the effect of culture on economic outcomes, and aboriginal land management. In the past, she has worked on various issues related to federalism, such as intergovernmental transfers, migration and tax competition, and on the economics of asymmetric information.
Some publications include:
- Communication in Federal Legislatures: Universalism, Policy Uniformity, and the Optimal Allocation of Fiscal Authority, Journal of Political Economy, 2014.
- Interregional Redistribution and Mobility: A Positive Approach (with N. Hansen and C. Lessmann), Review of Economic Studies 2011.
- Fiscal Competition, Redistribution, and the Politics of Economic Integration (with Christoph Lülfesmann and Gordon Myers). Review of Economic Studies 2002.
- The Political Geography of Tax H(e)avens and Tax Hells (with Nico Hansen). American Economic Review, 2001.