Since October 2020, Jana Paasch works as a new scientific staff member at the Chair for German Politics and Government of Prof. Dr. Julia Fleischer at the University of Potsdam. She previously worked as research associate in a DFG project at the University of Mannheim and obtained her PhD in the research on EU policy implementation in Germany.
A well-functioning fiscal administration is a key element of fiscal capacity, i.e. the ability of governments to raise revenue from broad tax bases. However, surprisingly little is known about how an efficient fiscal administration can be built in places where it does not yet exist and with what consequences. The project "Building Fiscal Capacity" (FISCAP) improves our understanding of such dynamics in fiscal administrations. The FISCAP project studies empirically the measures taken to build the fiscal administration in the territory of the former German Democratic Republic after the German reunification in the 1990s and evaluates their potential short and long term impacts in politics and economics. Our team collaborates with colleagues from LMU Munich and University of Hohenheim, thus bringing together expertise in political science and public administration, public finance, and organizational economics.