Updated March 2017
CV Research The Book: Political Economy of Pension Policy Reversal (PEPPER)
Sarah Wilson Sokhey (2010 Ph.D., The Ohio State University) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder, a Faculty Associate at the Institute of Behavioral Science, an Associate Fellow at the International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia, and a member of the PONARS Eurasia group. Her research focuses on the connection between politics and economics including economic and social policy reforms and business-state relations, especially in Russia and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Her work has been published in Party Politics, Europe-Asia Studies, Business & Politics, and edited volumes and has received support from the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). Her book (forthcoming at Cambridge University Press), The Political Economy of Pension Policy Reversal in Post-Communist Countries, examines the global trend in the reversal of pension privatization - a major and potentially path-departing policy - using survival analysis, survey data, and in-depth case studies of the Russian, Polish, and Hungarian experiences with reform.
Her research also examines how institutional quality affects redistributive preferences. As part of a project entitled The Foundations of Social Policy Support: Experimental Evidence on How Institutional Quality Affects Redistributive Preferences, Israel Marques, Joby Schaffer, and Sarah Wilson Sokhey are conducting laboratory experiments in the United States at the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado and in Moscow, Russia at the International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development at the Higher School of Economics. By examining the foundations of social policy support, this research challenge the conventional wisdom about who prefers more redistribution and why, and offers a more nuanced understanding of how different political systems shape citizens' preferences for social policy.
See my take on Russian protests in March 2017 on the Monkey Cage blog in the Washington Post.