People Feature

Laure Bokobza

DPhil in Politics

I am a DPhil candidate in Politics. My research interests lie in the fields of Comparative Political Economy and the politics of authoritarian regimes. My doctoral dissertation focuses on the politics of taxation and redistribution in autocracies. I investigate the origins of fiscal capacity in non-democratic states, how autocrats design their fiscal systems of taxes and transfers, and the impact that this has on regime stability and institutions. 

My research is funded by the European Research Council (ERC), for which I am also a doctoral researcher for the "Politics of Wealth Inequality in the 21st Century" (WEALTHPOL) project, led by Pr. Ben Ansell. This project aims at collecting new data on wealth inequality, social mobility, and how governments manage wealth - through taxation and regulation shaping its growth and its transfer from generation to generation. The project uses an original range of laboratory and survey experiments to examine how citizens across Europe think about the distribution of wealth and form preferences redistribution; as well as advanced text analysis methods to examine the determinants of politicians' views on housing policy and their evolution over time. 

I am also a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Quantitative Methods, teaching "Introduction to Statistics" to MPhil and DPhil students in the Department of Politics and International Relations (Michaelmas Term 2019 & 2020).

Before starting my doctoral programme, I earned an MSc in Public Policy and Development from the Paris School of Economics (PSE), a graduate degree in Economics from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris (ENS Ulm), and a BA in Economics from the Université Paris-Dauphine. I have also worked for various non-profit organizations such as the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia in Beirut, and the American NGO Human Rights First, as part of their Foreign Policy Team in New York.