Ph.D. Candidate in Economics
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Max Risch is a Ph.D. candidate in economics at the University of Michigan. His research fields include public finance, development economics, and labor economics. His research uses new administrative datasets to analyze the relationship between public policies and income inequality, with a particular focus on how tax incentives shape the distribution of income. One strand of research investigates how firm-worker relationships mediate responses to tax policy. Another strand of research analyzes the role of tax evasion and tax enforcement for real and measured income inequality. Prior to entering the doctoral program, Risch received a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University, served in the U.S. Peace Corps, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Michigan.