About

University of Bern
University of Mannheim

daniel.auer[at]unibe.ch

I am researching political behavior and individual attitudes. I analyze how attitudes, local norms, and policies affect inequality between social groups. I also study how inequality affects conflict and migration. My most recent research investigates how attitudes change in response to threats, and how these responses challenge liberal democracies. I mainly conduct large-scale field- and online-experiments and representative surveys in Europe and West-Africa, or apply administrative population data.

Currently, I am a senior researcher at the University of Bern’s Political Science Department (IPW) and research fellow at the University of Mannheim’s Center for European Social Research (MZES).

Prior to joining IPW and MZES, I studied Political Science and Economics in Vienna, Urbana-Champaign, and Zurich before I received my Ph.D. from the University of Lausanne and the Swiss National Science Foundation. I have also been postdoctoral researcher at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center and visiting researcher in Malmoe and Oxford.

Please see my full CV here.

The Loop nicely summarized our recent EJPR paper.
Our VOX.EU piece on the Intergenerational costs of allocating refugees randomly

Recently published
Rebel Recruitment and Migration: Theory and Evidence From Southern Senegal. Journal of Conflict Resolution.
How one gesture curbed ethnic discrimination. European Journal of Political Research.
Firing discrimination: selective labor market responses of firms during the COVID-19 economic crisis. PLOS ONE.
Brexit, uncertainty, and migration decisions. International Migration.