Frederik Kristoffer Kjøller Larsen

Frederik Kristoffer Kjøller Larsen

PhD fellow

In my PhD research project I seek to answer the question what are the private returns to political office? In other words, what are the private benefits and downsides politicians experience by serving in office? Private returns take many forms and can be formal (remunerations), informal (political network), be enjoyed both while or after serving in office and might be indirect returns which accrue to the politicians' friends or family members. Therefore, this is not merely a question about politicians' pay but rather a question about a fundamental condition for well-functioning democracies; namely the implicit contract between the politicians and the voters.

Although most politicians are likely fueled by ideological beliefs and a desire to improve society, the private benefits and downsides they experience by holding office affect who decide to run for office and how incumbents behave in office. Hence, private returns shape the emergence and/or conservation of the political class and hence matter greatly for how democracy works, as they ultimately affect what government and policies the citizens end up having

My research is based on quantitative/statistical methods, and I have a strong focus on research designs and quasi-experimental methods.

My supervisor is Lene Holm Pedersen and my co-supervisor is Jens Olav Dahlgaard (Copenhagen Business School).

In terms of teaching, during my PhD I have been lecturing in public policy and class teaching in methods 3. Both courses are part of the undergraduate program in political science.

You can read more about my research and find my CV on my personal website:

From January to July 2022 I am a visiting researcher at Harvard University.

Primary fields of research

  • Private returns to political offices
  • Political careers
  • Political selection
  • Causal inference
  • Quantitative methods

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