Inequality and Political Behavior

This line of research seeks to understand the barriers disadvantaged individuals face for demanding egalitarian change. I use conceptual apparatus from psychology such as “coping” and social psychology theories such as “system justification” to study the political behavior of the disadvantaged. This research applies to individual attitudes and choices of redistribution, political clientelism, and protests. Projects in this line of research use mainly, but not exclusively, survey experiments.


Pellicer, M., R. Assaad, C. Krafft and C. Salemi Grievances or Skills? The Effect of Education on Youth Political Participation in Egypt and Tunisia”, (forthcomming, International Political Science Review).

Pellicer, M.,P. Piraino, and E. Wegner “Perceptions of Inevitability and Demand for Redistribution: Evidence from a Survey Experiment” (forthcoming, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization)

Pellicer, M. Coping and the Political Behavior of Low Socioeconomic Status Individuals (in progress)

Pellicer, M., E. Wegner and A. de Juan, “Preferences for the Scope of Protest” (in progress)

Pellicer, M., E. Wegner, L. Benstead and E. Lust, Poor people beliefs and the dynamics of clientelism” (GLD working paper 12)

 Funded Projects

The Demand Side of Clientelism” (with Eva Wegner as co-applicant, and collaborating with Ellen Lust, Lindsay Benstead, and Harold Kincaid, 390,000 Euros). German Research Foundation (DFG).

“Education, youth grievances and political participation in Tunisia and Egypt” (with Ragui Assaad and Caroline Krafft, 11,500 Euros). Economic Research Forum (ERF).

“Enhancing Knowledge for Renewed Policies against Poverty (NOPOOR)”, (90,000 Euros for own projects) EU Seventh Framework Programme. Member of the SALDRU and GIGA teams (2011-2016). Research on demand for redistribution and education policy.