Academic Career and Research Areas
Prof. Betz (b. 1986) focuses on international political economy and international institutions. Across political systems and policy areas, political contests play out in the context of international markets and international institutions. Prof. Betz asks questions about the political influence of firms, the policy autonomy of governments, and the role of institutions in explaining government and firm behavior in these environments. His research addresses the institutional sources of trade policy and trade openness; the fragmentation of firms across countries and across owners; and how governments manage sovereign debt. Prof. Betz also works on challenges in the use of observational data, such as interdependence among observations.
Prof. Betz studied at Freie Universität Berlin (BA), the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (MSc), and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (PhD). Prior to joining TUM, he was Assistant, then Associate Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University. In 2020, Prof. Betz was appointed Assistant Professor of International Political Economy at TUM.
Betz T: “Tariff Evasion and Trade Policies.” International Studies Quarterly. 2019; 63 (2): 380-393.Abstract
Betz T, Pond A: “Foreign Financing and the International Sources of Property Rights.” World Politics. 2019; 71 (3): 503-541.Abstract
Betz T, Cook S, Hollenbach F: “On the Use and Abuse of Spatial Instruments.” Political Analysis. 2018; 26 (4): 474-479.Abstract
Betz T: “Trading Interests: Domestic Institutions, International Negotiations, and the Politics of Trade.” Journal of Politics. 2017; 79 (4): 1237-1252.Abstract
Betz T, Kerner A: “Real Exchange Rate Overvaluation and WTO Dispute Initiation in Developing Countries.” International Organization. 2016; 70 (4): 797-821.Abstract