ARC Scholar/GC Wealth Project

Charlotte Bartels is a research associate at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW). She received her Ph.D. in economics from the Freie Universität Berlin in 2013 for her thesis, “Insurance and Redistribution in the German Welfare State,“ which won the 2015 Roman Herzog Award for Social Market Economy Research and the 2015 Wolfgang-Ritter-Award. Later she worked as coordinator of the Ph.D. program “Public Economics and Inequality” until 2015. She was a visiting researcher in the Economics Department of Uppsala University in 2015 and the Economics Department of the University of California, Berkeley, in 2018. She is also a research affiliate at the Uppsala Center for Fiscal Studies (UCFS) and the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA). Her research interests lie in the fields of empirical public and labor economics, as well as in economic history. She is particularly concerned with the distribution of income and wealth, both in a current and a historical perspective, and with the redistributive and stabilizing impact of tax-benefit systems and their effect on labor market behavior. Currently she is working on a long-run wealth inequality series for Germany, which she contributes to the World Inequality Database (WID). She is also investigating the underlying mechanisms of changes in the distribution of income and wealth. Bartels has published in the Journal of Economic, History International Tax and Public Finance, the Review of Income and Wealth, and the Journal of Economic Inequality.


Areas of Expertise

Public Economics

Labor Economics

Economic History