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I am a PhD student in the field of public and political economics at the University of Leuven, Belgium. I mostly deal with political economics of public procurement. Here is my CV.

The doctoral thesis, I am working on, is on Political Connections and Their Impacts on Public Good Provision.

The first chapter of my thesis titled “Political donations and the allocation of public procurement contracts” (with Benny Geys) has been published in European Economic Review.

The second chapter titled “Political donations, public procurement and government efficiency” (with Kristof De Witte and Benny Geys) is available as CESifo WP nr. 7591.

The third chapter is titled “Favoritism in Public Procurement” (with Bruno Baranek), it had been ealier circulated as “Political Connections and Competition on the Public Procurement Market” and ranked as the 3rd best paper at the EPCS Meeting 2018.

The last chapter and my job market paper is about forced competition on public procurement markets.

You can find my other projects in the Publication and Policy work sections.


I have also been involved in a project researching the design of school funding systems in primary, secondary and special needs education in the German-speaking Community of Belgium (Ostbelgien). The outcome was evidence based policy advice and 3 reports for the community, see Publications.

A book based on these reports that provides a comprehensive overview of education funding systems in the world is forthcoming in Leuven University Press in Fall 2019.