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Hi and thanks for visiting my website! I am an economist working in political economy and labor.

Within political economy, I study how divisive politics affects the performance of government. This includes the influence of politicians in fundamentally technocratic government tasks, how this can be reduced, and the effectiveness of ideologically motivated foreign policy.

Within labor, I am interested in forces and trends affecting middle- and low-skilled workers.

I am an Assistant Professor at Stockholm IIES (which you can follow on Twitter @IIES_Sthlm). I received my PhD in economics from UC San Diego in 2017. If you're interested in my work, I'd love to hear from you! I can be reached at mitch.downey [at] iies.su.se.