Dr. Ulrich Matter

Research Fellow
ulrich.matter-at-unibas.ch


Visiting Researcher at the
Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
at Harvard University
23 Everett Street, Second Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138

Research Interests

Political Economics, Computational Social Science, Law and Economics, Internet Governance

 

Writings

Does Public Attention Reduce the Influence of Interest Groups? Policy Positions on SOPA/PIPA Before and After the Internet Blackout, Berkman Klein Center Research Publication No. 2016-22., Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, 2016. (with Alois Stutzer) [ abstract | paper ]

Revealing the Anatomy of Vote Trading, Saïd Business School Research Paper No. 2016-26, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, 2016. (with Omar Guerrero) [ abstract | paper ]

Precise Control Over Legislative Vote Outcomes: A Forensic Approach to Political Economics, CESifo Working Paper No. 6007, CESifo, Munich, 2016. (with Michaela Slotwinski) [ paper ]

RWebData: A High-Level Interface to the Programmable Web. arXiv preprint, arXiv:1603.00293, stat.CO, 2016.  [ link ]

The Role of Party Politics in Medical Malpractice Tort Reforms. European Journal of Political Economy, 42(March):17-35, 2016. (with Alois Stutzer) [ paper | link ]

The Role of Lawyer-Legislators in Shaping the Law: Evidence from Voting on Tort Reforms. Journal of Law and Economics, 58(2):357-384, 2015. (with Alois Stutzer) [ link ]
(an earlier version is already available as IZA Discussion Paper No. 8879, IZA, Bonn, 2015)
[ paper | online appendix ]

pvsR: An Open Source Interface to Big Data on the American Political Sphere. PLoS ONE, 10(7):e0130501, 2015. (with Alois Stutzer) [ paper ]

Politico-Economic Determinants of Tort Reforms in Medical Malpractice. WWZ Discussion Paper 2015/02, University of Basel, 2015. (with Alois Stutzer) [ link ]

Do Lawyer-Legislators Protect Their Business? Evidence from Voting Behavior on Tort Reforms. WWZ Discussion Paper 2013/09, University of Basel, 2013. (with Alois Stutzer) [ link ]

 

Software

netensembleR: Analysis and Sampling of Directed Networks in R. R package version 0.1.http://bitbucket.org/ulrich-matter/netensembler (first release: 2016-07-18)

RWebData: A High-Level Interface to the Programmable Web. R package version 0.1. http://bitbucket.org/ulrich-matter/rwebdata (first release: 2016-03-01)

pvsR: An R package to interact with the Project Vote Smart API for scientific research. R package version 0.3. http://CRAN.R-project.org/package=pvsR (first release: 2013-05-29)

 

Work in Progress

Uncovering Vote Trading through Networks and Computation, Conference Paper, 2016. (with Omar Guerrero, University of Oxford)

Talking Politics in the Information Age: The Effect of the Internet on Political Discussion. Conference Paper, 2014. (with Alois Stutzer)


Scholarships/Grants/Awards

SSES Young Economist Award 2016 (with Michaela Slotwinski)

SNSF Early Postdoc.Mobility Fellowship (2016/2017)

Baume & Mercier Award (Baume & Mercier Doktoratspreis) for the best dissertation of the year 2014/2015 at the Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Basel

University of Basel Research Fund 2015 Grant for outstanding junior researchers. (Project: "Uncovering Vote Trading Through Networks and Computation")

WWZ Forum Grant (FV-27), 2013/2014

Johann-Jakob Speiser-Scholarship for excellent young researchers 2012 (of the Speiser-Bär Foundation)


Talks at International Conferences and Seminars

June 2016; The 2016 Congress of the Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics, Lugano, Switzerland.

April 2016; The 2016 Meeting of the European Public Choice Society, Freiburg, Germany.

June 2015; International Conference on Computational Social Science 2015, Helsinki, Finland.

June 2015; The 2015 Congress of the Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics, Basel, Switzerland.

April 2015; The 2015 Meeting of the European Public Choice Society, Groningen, Netherlands.

September 2014; The 2014 Meeting of the German Economic Association (Jahrestagung des Vereins für Socialpolitik 2014), Hamburg, Germany.

April 2014; The 2014 Meeting of the European Public Choice Society, Cambridge, England.

August 2013; Annual Congress of the European Economic Association , Gothenburg, Sweden.

May 2013; Research seminar at the Department of Computational Social Science; George Mason University, Fairfax VA, USA.

April 2013; Fiscal Performance: The Role of Institutions and Politicians; International Conference, ZEW Centre for European Economic Research, Mannheim, Germany.

April 2013; The 2013 Meeting of the European Public Choice Society, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

August 2012; Law & Economics Seminar; Zaeslin & Maag Summer School Seminar, University of Basel, Switzerland.

 

Media Coverage and Contributions

Ulrich Matter and Alois Stutzer (2016): "Open Source Interfaces with the Programmable Web Facilitate Replications of Big Data Analyses in Social Science Research", BITSS-Blog. [ link ]

Aleks Jakulin (2015): Why are we such a litigious society?, andrewgelman.com. [ link ]

Ulrich Matter (2015): "Big public data" as an opportunity, UNI NOVA, 2/2015. [ link ]

 

 

 

                                        

Latest Publications

Matter, Ulrich, and Alois Stutzer. 2015. ”Politico-Economic Determinants of Tort Reforms in Medical Malpractice”.
(Abstract / Download)
Matter, Ulrich, and Alois Stutzer. 2013. ”Do Lawyer-Legislators Protect Their Business? Evidence from Voting Behavior on Tort Reforms”.
(Abstract / Download)

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Last change: 14.12.2016



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