Gabor Simonovits is a PhD Candidate in Politics at NYU (defending in June 2018). His dissertation research, situated in the intersection of public opinion and political economy, studies the interrelationship between mass opinion and public policy in American states. In his job market paper Gabor uses new data, methods and measures to generate local estimates of minimum wage preferences in the U.S. that are comparable to policy outcomes on meaningful scales. Using these measures he shows that while policy outcomes are related to public opinion across states, they fail to represent most citizens partly because of a large conservative bias within states and partly because local preferences within states are too heterogeneous to be represented by a single policy.
Beyond his dissertation, Gabor has published a dozen papers on diverse topics including quantitative methods, political extremism, and ethnic identity in journals such as Science, Political Behavior and The Journal of Politics. While his primary field of study is U.S. politics, he has also conducted research in Hungary and Israel, and is currently working on the implementation of a field experiment in the Netherlands. Moreover, his past and current projects utilize a broad range of research methods ranging from survey experiments and innovative online interventions to regression discontinuity designs and Bayesian measurement models.
Gabor is prepared to teach courses in U.S. politics, quantitative methods or political economy at any level and would be especially interested in teaching political behavior or research design.