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Kenneth Scheve

Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Bio
Kenneth Scheve is Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and a Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute. He currently serves as the Director of The Europe Center at FSI and the Stanford Global Studies Division. His research interests are in the fields of international and comparative political economy and comparative political behavior with particular interest in the behavioral foundations of the politics of economic policymaking. His research has been published in numerous leading scholarly journals and has been recognized for a number of awards and grants including the Michael Wallerstein Award, the Franklin L. Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha Award, and Robert O. Keohane Award.

Scheve is the author, with David Stasavage, of "Taxing the Rich: A History of Fiscal Fairness in the United States and Europe", which examines the role of fairness concerns in the politics of progressive taxation from the early 19th century through contemporary debates. Scheve is also the author, with Matthew Slaughter, of Globalization and the Perceptions of American Workers, examining American public opinion about the liberalization of trade, immigration, and foreign direct investment policies. His current research projects also include comparative studies examining the role of social preferences in opinion formation about tax policy, trade policy, and international environmental cooperation as well as work on the political origins of changes in wealth inequality in the 19th and 20th century.

Scheve received his PhD from Harvard University and his BA from the University of Notre Dame. He has been a visiting scholar at the Bank of England, London School of Economics, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Before joining the Stanford faculty in 2012, he taught at the University of Michigan and at Yale University.
Administrative Appointments: 
Director, The Europe Center at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (2013 - Present)
Honors and Awards: 
Weber Economics Award, University of Notre Dame (1990)
Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Beta Kappa (1990)
Richard Neustadt Prize Fellow, Harvard University (1994-1995)
Graduate Fellowship, National Science Foundation (1995-1998)
Derek Bok Certificate of Distinction for Excellence in Teaching, Harvard University (1997)
Mellon Dissertation Research Fellowship, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (1998)
MacArthur Fellowship in Transnational Security, MacArthur Foundation (1998-1999)
Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (1999-2000)
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Bank of England (2000-2001)
Toppan Prize for best dissertation on the subject of political science, Harvard University (2001)
Robert O. Keohane Award, International Organization (2004)
Franklin L. Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha Award, American Political Science Association (2007)
Honorable Mention for best paper in Political Economy, Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (2010)
Michael Wallerstein Award for best article published in political economy, American Political Science Association (2012)
Professional Organizations: 
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Politics (2014 - Present)
Political Science Network Editor, International Political Economy: Trade Economy (2013 - Present)
Steering Committee, International Political Economy Society (2010 - Present)
Editorial Board Member, International Organization (2010 - Present)
Member, American Economic Association (2001 - Present)
Member, European Union Studies Association (1999 - Present)
Member, American Political Science Association (1996 - Present)
Member, Midwest Political Science Association (1996 - Present)
Annual Meeting Section head, Political Economy, American Political Science Association (2014)
Political Science Network Advisory Board, International Political Economy (2010 - 2013)
Editorial Board Member, World Politics (2007 - 2012)
Political Science Advisory Panel, National Science Foundation (2011)
Editorial Board Member, American Journal of Political Science (2006 - 2009)
Political Science Advisory Panel, National Science Foundation (2007 - 2008)
Selection Committee, APSA Political Economy Section’s Michael Wallerstein Award (chair) (2008)
Selection Committee, Best Dataset in Comparative Politics (2007)
Selection Committee, MPSA Westview Press Award (2007)
Annual Meeting Section Head for Comparative Politics of Advanced Industrial Societies, American Political Science Association (2006)
Member, Laboratory in Comparative Ethnic Processes (2003 - 2006)
Annual Meeting Section Head for International Political Economy, Midwest Political Science Association (2005)
Education: 
Ph.D., Harvard University, Political Science (2000)
B.A., University of Notre Dame, Economics (1990)
Academic and Contact Information
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Research & Scholarship
Projects: 
Taxing the Rich: Fairness and Fiscal Sacrifice over Two Centuries
Title: 
Taxing the Rich: Fairness and Fiscal Sacrifice over Two Centuries
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Location

Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Mass Politics of Taxation
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Mass Politics of Taxation
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United States, France

Climate Change and Public Opinion
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Climate Change and Public Opinion
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Location

France, Germany, United Kingdom, United States

Social Norms in Representative Samples
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Social Norms in Representative Samples
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Location

France, Germany, United Kingdom, United States

Teaching
Courses Taught: 
Academic Year: 
2016-17
Academic Year: 
2015-16
Courses: 
Workshop in Comparative Politics
POLISCI 440D (Aut, Win, Spr)
Academic Year: 
2014-15
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Publications
Taxing the Rich: A History of Fiscal Fairness in the United States and Europe Scheve, K., Stasavage, D. Princeton University Press. 2016
Technology and the Era of the Mass Army JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC HISTORY Onorato, M. G., Scheve, K., Stasavage, D. 2014; 74 (2): 449-481
Mass support for global climate agreements depends on institutional design PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Bechtel, M. M., Scheve, K. F. 2013; 110 (34): 13763-13768

Abstract

Effective climate mitigation requires international cooperation, and these global efforts need broad public support to be sustainable over the long run. We provide estimates of public support for different types of climate agreements in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Using data from a large-scale experimental survey, we explore how three key dimensions of global climate cooperation-costs and distribution, participation, and enforcement-affect individuals' willingness to support these international efforts. We find that design features have significant effects on public support. Specifically, our results indicate that support is higher for global climate agreements that involve lower costs, distribute costs according to prominent fairness principles, encompass more countries, and include a small sanction if a country fails to meet its emissions reduction targets. In contrast to well-documented baseline differences in public support for climate mitigation efforts, opinion responds similarly to changes in climate policy design in all four countries. We also find that the effects of institutional design features can bring about decisive changes in the level of public support for a global climate agreement. Moreover, the results appear consistent with the view that the sensitivity of public support to design features reflects underlying norms of reciprocity and individuals' beliefs about the potential effectiveness of specific agreements.

View details for DOI 10.1073/pnas.1306374110

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Inequity Aversion and the International Distribution of Trade Protection AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE Lu, X., Scheve, K., Slaughter, M. J. 2012; 56 (3): 638-654
Democracy, War, and Wealth: Evidence from Two Centuries of Inheritance Taxation AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW Scheve, K. F., Stasavage, D. 2012; 106 (1): 82-102
The Conscription of Wealth: Mass Warfare and the Demand for Progressive Taxation INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION Scheve, K., Stasavage, D. 2010; 64 (4): 529-561
Social Identity, Electoral Institutions and the Number of Candidates BRITISH JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE Dickson, E. S., Scheve, K. 2010; 40: 349-375
INSTITUTIONS, PARTISANSHIP, AND INEQUALITY IN THE LONG RUN WORLD POLITICS Scheve, K., Stasavage, D. 2009; 61 (2): 215-?
Individual Preferences over High-Skilled Immigration in the United States Skilled Immigration Today: Prospects, Problems, and Policies Hanson, G., Scheve, K., Slaughter, M. J. Oxford University Press. 2009: 207-243
Religion and Social Insurance: Evidence from the United States, 1970-2002 Divide and Deal: The Politics of Distribution in Democracies Scheve, K., Stasavage, D. New York University Press. 2008
Estimating the effect of elite communications on public opinion using instrumental variables AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE Gabel, M., Scheve, K. 2007; 51 (4): 1013-1028
A new deal for globalization FOREIGN AFFAIRS Scheve, K. F., Slaugbter, M. F. 2007; 86 (4): 34-?
Mixed messages - Party dissent and mass opinion on European integration EUROPEAN UNION POLITICS Gabel, M., Scheve, K. 2007; 8 (1): 37-59
Public Finance and Individual Preferences over Globalization Strategies ECONOMICS AND POLITICS Hanson, G. H., Scheve, K. F., Slaughter, M. J. 2007; 19 (1): 1-33
The political economy of religion and social insurance in the United States, 1910-1939 STUDIES IN AMERICAN POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT Scheve, K., Stasavage, D. 2006; 20 (2): 132-159
Religion and preferences for social insurance QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE Scheve, K., Stasavage, D. 2006; 1 (3): 255-286
Public Opinion, International Economic Integration, and the Welfare State Globalization and Egalitarian Redistribution Scheve, K., Slaughter, M. J. Princeton University Press. 2006: 217-260
Social identity, political speech, and electoral competition JOURNAL OF THEORETICAL POLITICS Dickson, E. S., Scheve, K. 2006; 18 (1): 5-39
Foreign Direct Investment and Labour Market Outcomes The Internationalisation of Asset Ownership in Europe Scheve, K., Slaughter, M. J. Cambridge University Press. 2005
Economic insecurity and the globalization of production AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE Scheve, K., Slaughter, M. J. 2004; 48 (4): 662-674
Public inflation aversion and the political economy of macroeconomic policymaking INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION Scheve, K. 2004; 58 (1): 1-34
Immigration and the US Economy: Labour-Market Impacts, Illegal Entry, and Policy Choices IMMIGRATION POLICY AND THE WELFARE SYSTEM Hanson, G., Scheve, K., Slaughter, M., Spilimbergo, A. Oxford University Press. 2002: 169-285
What determines individual trade-policy preferences? JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS Scheve, K. F., Slaughter, M. J. 2001; 54 (2): 267-292
Analyzing incomplete political science data: An alternative algorithm for multiple imputation AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW King, G., Honaker, J., Joseph, A., Scheve, K. 2001; 95 (1): 49-69
Labor market competition and individual preferences over immigration policy REVIEW OF ECONOMICS AND STATISTICS Scheve, K. F., Slaughter, M. J. 2001; 83 (1): 133-145
Globalization and the Perceptions of American Workers Slaughter, M. J., Scheve, K. F. Peterson Institute for International Economics. 2001
Public Attitudes About Inflation: A Comparative Analysis BANK OF ENGLAND QUARTERLY BULLETIN Scheve, K. 2001; 41 (3): 283-294
Electoral surprise and the midterm loss in US congressional elections BRITISH JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE Scheve, K., Tomz, M. 1999; 29: 507-521
Interstate competition and welfare policy PUBLIUS-THE JOURNAL OF FEDERALISM Rom, M. C., Peterson, P. E., Scheve, K. F. 1998; 28 (3): 17-37