Dr. Thomas Brändle, Research Fellow

Thomas Braendle

Interests

Political Economics, Public Finance, Health Economics

Publications

Ökonomische Einsichten und Empfehlungen für eine gute Finanzpolitik der Regierung. In: Ritz, A., Haldemann, T. and F. Sager (eds.). Blackbox Exekutive, Regierungslehre in der Schweiz, NZZ Libro Verlag, 2019, pp. 307-340. (with Theo Haldemann and Martin Baur) ) [link]

Voters and Representatives: How Should Representatives Be Selected? In: Congleton, R.D., B. Grofman and S. Voigt (eds.). The Oxford Handbook of Public Choice, Volume 2. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019, pp. 24-43. (with Alois Stutzer) [link]

Healthcare Expenditures and Fiscal Sustainability: Evidence from Switzerland. Public Sector Economics, 42(3), 2018, pp. 279-301. (with Carsten Colombier) [link]

Budgetary Targets for Growth in Healthcare Expenditure: Selected Experiences and Findings for Switzerland. Federal Finance Administration Working Paper No. 22, 2018, Berne. (with Carsten Colombier, Martin Baur and Serge Gaillard) [link]

Independent Fiscal Councils: Neglected Siblings of Independent Central Banks? A European Union Perspective. Journal of Common Market Studies,2018, 56(2), pp. 267–283. (with Martin Larch). [link]

Healthcare Expenditure Projections Up To 2045, Swiss Federal Finance Administration Working Paper No. 21, 2017, Berne. (with Carsten Colombier)

What Drives Public Health Care Expenditure Growth? Evidence from Swiss Cantons, 1970-2012. Health Policy, 120(9), 2016, pp. 1051–1060. (with Carsten Colombier). [link]

Selection of Public Servants into Politics. Journal of Comparative Economics, 44(3), 2016, pp. 696–719. (with Alois Stutzer). [link]

Do Institutions Affect Citizens' Selection into Politics? Journal of Economic Surveys 30(2), 2016, pp. 205-227. [link]

Does Remuneration Affect the Discipline and the Selection of Politicians? Evidence from Pay Harmonization in the European Parliament. Public Choice, 162(1-2), 2015 pp. 1-24. [link]

Political Selection of Public Servants and Parliamentary Oversight. Economics of Governance 14, 2013, pp. 45-76. (with Alois Stutzer). [link]

Determinants of Employment in the Ministerial Bureaucracy. WWZ Discussion Paper 01/12, University of Basel.

A Dilemma in the Separation of Powers: Public Servants as Legislators. In: A. Peters and L. Handschin (eds.). Conflict of Interest in Governance - An Interdisciplinary Outlook on the Global, Public, Corporate and Financial Sphere. Cambridge University Press, 2012, pp. 177-198. (with Alois Stutzer).

Public Servants in Parliament: Theory and Evidence on Its Determinants in Germany. Public Choice 145, 2010, pp. 223-252. (with Alois Stutzer). [link]

 

Further contributions

Was zeichnet eine gute Finanzpolitik der Regierung aus? DeFacto, September 2019. (with Theo Haldemann and Martin Baur) [link]

Budgetäre Ziele in der Grundversicherung stärken die Kostenverantwortung. Die Volkswirtschaft, 91(8-9), 2018, pp.41-44. (with C. Colombier and M. Baur) [link]

Wer wird Politiker? Der Einfluss von Bezahlung und der Unvereinbarkeit von Amt und Mandat. Ökonomenstimme, KOF ETH Zurich, June 2017. (with Alois Stutzer) [link]

Was beeinflusst das Wachstum der kantonalen Gesundheitsausgaben. CHSS - Soziale Sicherheit, 01/2017, pp. 30-34. (with Carsten Colombier) [link]

Nicht nur die Alterung führt zu Zusatzlasten im Gesundheitswesen. Die Volkswirtschaft, 90(3), 2017, pp. 11-15. (with Carsten Colombier) [link]

Institutionelle Vorkehrungen helfen gegen wachsende Staatsverschuldung? Die Volkswirtschaft, 89(12), 2016, pp. 22-26. (with Pierre-Alain Bruchez). [link]

Zunehmende Alterung trifft Kantone am stärksten. Die Volkswirtschaft, 89(5), 2016, pp. 43-45. (with Carsten Colombier and Arabela Philipona) [link]

Wie beeinflusst die Entschädigung die Disziplin und die Selektion von Politikern? Die Volkswirtschaft, 88(5) May 2015, pp. 23-27.[link]

Spielt es eine Rolle, wer Politik macht? WWZ News 33, 2010, pp. 23-27. (with Alois Stutzer).

 

Professional experience

Since November 2019
Senior Policy Analyst, Budgeting and Public Expenditures Division, OECD, Paris

April 2013 – October 2019
Economist, Economic Analysis and Policy Advice Division, Swiss Federal Department of Finance, Berne

Since April 2014
Research fellow, University of Basel and guest lecturer, Università della Svizzera italiana

March 2016 - May 2016
Seconded National Expert, European Commission, DG-ECFIN, Brussels

May 2012 - March 2013
Visiting researcher, Department of Economics, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

September 2007 - April 2012
Research & teaching assistant, Division for Political Economics, Faculty of Business & Economics, University of Basel

In 2010 & 2011
Visiting researcher
Department of Economics, Bocconi University, Milan (Jan.-July 2010) 
Centre for the Study of Political Change, University of Siena (July 2010) 
Institute of Economics, University of Lugano (October 2011)

 

Education

April 2012
Ph.D. in Economics (Dr. rer. pol.), University of Basel

March 2008 
M.Sc. in Business & Economics, Major in Markets and Institutions, University of Basel

Student exchanges: University of Lugano (2006), University of Freiburg (GER) (2003-2004)