About Me

Itay Chay Machtei Samov

PhD Candidate, UNC Chapel Hill

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Welcome! I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where I am also affiliated with the Center for European Studies. I hold an M.A. in Politics from New York University, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Haifa.

My research focuses on the distributive effects of state and market relations. Namely, I am interested in questions that explore how different state and market institutions affect economic inequality, political preferences, and policy outcomes. Regionally, I am interested in the political economies of the rich, postindustrial democracies of Europe and North America. My work incorporates a variety of methodological approaches, including novel econometric and machine learning techniques, qualitative historical analysis, and survey experiments.

In my dissertation, I explore the political consequences of privatization on accountability and find that certain forms of economic liberalization can serve as a bulwark against electoral responses to undesirable distributional developments. In a forthcoming Journal of European Social Policy paper, my co-authors and I test competing theories of redistribution using an original dataset of household income which we constructed by harmonizing several sources of micro-data on income.