Bio and Research Interests

Research interests

Political Economy
Public Economics


Karine Van der Straeten is Directrice de Recherche CNRS at the Toulouse School of Economics. Her research interests include Political Economy, Experimental Economics and Formal Political Science. She does research on electoral campaigns and voting rules, and in particular studies, using both formal models and experiments, how different electoral institutions shape the way democracy works in practice. She is a member of the Making Electoral Democracy Work project ( and an associate editor of Mathematical Social Sciences (Elsevier). She has published her work in journal such as the British Journal of Political Science, Experimental Economics and the Journal of Public Economics, and wrote (with Woojin Lee and John E. Roemer) Racism, Xenophobia and Distribution: A Study of Multi-Issue Politics in Advanced Democracies, published in 2007 by Harvard University Press and Russell Sage Foundation Press.

Current position

2013Senior researcher CNRS, GREMAQ
2012Political Science Program Director at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST)

Former positions

2008 - 2013Researcher CNRS, GREMAQ
2006 - 2008Researcher CNRS, Paris-Jourdan School of Economics
2006 - 2010Associate Professor, Paris School of Economics
2002 - 2008Associate Professor, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris
2001Visiting Assistant Professor, Yale University
2001 - 2006Researcher CNRS, Laboratoire d'économétrie de l'Ecole Polytechnique


2000PhD in economics, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris
1994Engineer, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris

Grants and awards

April 2010Associated Editor of the Journal "Mathematical Social Sciences"
2009CNRS Bronze Medal
2009Canadian Research Council Grant for the project "Making Electoral Democracy Work"
2001Visiting Fellow, Cowles Foundation
2001PhD Award, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris