Thomas Sattler received his Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland, in 2007. His dissertation analyzes the interaction between governments and financial markets in open economies using formal theoretical and quantitative empirical research methods. Before coming to Princeton, he was a Visiting Junior Professor at the University of Konstanz, Germany, a Visiting Scholar at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and also taught at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.
In his current research, Thomas Sattler studies the impact of international economic integration on political accountability in different economic policy areas. The project examines how political institutions, particularly electoral systems and central bank independence, affect policymakers’ responsiveness to citizens’ evaluations of economic policies and whether these institutions influence the government’s ability to effectively shape economic outcomes. The empirical analysis establishes the dynamic relationships among popular preferences, government policies and economic developments in different countries using multi-equation time-series models.