Dominic Ponattu is a graduate student at the University of Mannheim focusing on political economy and methods of causal inference. In particular, he is interested in political institutions, political selection and the political economy of corruption. Throughout his studies, he has also cultivated an interest in public economics.
Dominic holds degrees in economics and political economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was a fellow of the German National Academic Foundation. Besides academic training, he has gained professional experience in the private sector as well.
political economy of corruption
Why I chose the University of Mannheim and in particular the GESS
The University of Mannheim and its graduate school feature strong faculty and training in my primary area of interest, political economy. Moreover, the University has a strong commitment to research and sound training of its doctoral students.
The best part of being a doctoral student here
The GESS provides vast resources for doctoral students, including a wide range of courses conducive to training and thesis work.
A description of my fellow doctoral students
They are academically strong, keen to learn and also great to spend time with outside the classroom.
My most challenging experience within the program
It was (and still is) challenging to use methods and substantial knowledge to actually write academic papers.
My advice for prospective students
Keep calm and start reading (and writing)