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15.05.2015Lukas Haffert

Lukas Haffert to Receive Otto Hahn Medal 2014

Lukas Haffert will receive the Max Planck Society's 2014 Otto Hahn Medal for his dissertation "Freiheit von Schulden - Freiheit zur Gestaltung? Die politische Ökonomie von Haushaltsüberschüssen," which takes a political economy approach to determining whether budget surpluses enhance countries’ capacity to govern. Haffert’s analysis of countries that ran budget surpluses for several years shows that not even substantial surpluses can put a halt to the increasing erosion of states’ capacity to govern effectively. Each year, the Max Planck Society (MPG) honors a small number of young researchers from its institutes for their outstanding scholarly achievement. The Otto Hahn Medal comes with a cash prize of 7,500 euros and is intended to motivate especially gifted young researchers to pursue careers in research or higher education. It will be awarded during the Max Planck Society’s Annual Meeting in Berlin in June 2015. A doctoral researcher at the MPIfG from 2010 to 2014, Lukas Haffert is now a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence.
 

 
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