“Us Too!” – The Rise Of Middle-Class Populism In Sweden And Beyond

Oct. 4, 2018

Professor Sven Steinmo has just written a new online publication (co-authored with Bo Rothstein) which argues that the Left’s “Identity Politics” help explain the rise of populism in Europe (and America?). Read the article.

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Professor offers new book for free through open access

Aug. 22, 2018

Dr. Steinmo has taken a novel path to publishing his latest book, "The Leap of Faith" through Oxford University Press. The book focuses on why citizens in some countries are more willing to pay taxes than in other countries, and includes research funded by The European Research Council (ERC). As...

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Meet Sven Steinmo

April 19, 2018

Professor Steinmo recently returned to the University of Colorado after working in Florence, Italy since 2007. We asked him how this international experience influenced him as a teacher and a scholar. “I have been lucky to have lived in several countries over my lifetime,” Steinmo told us. “I honestly believe...


CU Professor Appears in The New York Times

Dec. 27, 2017

Professor Sven Steinmo had a letter to the editor published in The New York Times. The letter is on the article "“ Tax Bill Would Add to Burden of Strained I.R.S. ." Steinmo states the article, "points out what may be the single most important part of the Republican plan...


What Makes People Want To Pay Taxes?

Dec. 11, 2017

Professor Sven Steinmo was interviewed for the “Colorado Matters” program on Colorado Public Radio (90.1 fm). The interview aired at 10am and 7pm on December 11, 2017. He talked about his research on tax compliance and the tax “reform” being discussed in Congress: "Governments around the world have spent years...


"Trump’s tax proposals are wildly out of sync with what most Americans would do, our new study shows" by Sven Steinmo

Sept. 20, 2017

Professor Sven Steinmo and his colleagues, John D’Attoma and Kim-Lee Tuxhorn (recent PhD from CU Political Science) just published an article in the Washington Post blog, The Monkey Cage. It can be found here :


Willing to Pay?" Tax Compliance in Britain and Italy: An Experimental Analysis.

Zhang N, Andrighetto G, Ottone S, Ponzano F, Steinmo S. PLOS ONE . 11 (2) (February 26, 2016). Abstract: As shown by the recent crisis, tax evasion poses a significant problem for countries such as Greece, Spain and Italy. While these societies certainly possess weaker fiscal institutions as compared to...


Historical Institutionalism and Experimental Methods

Steinmo. in The Oxford Handbook of Historical Institutionalism Ed.Sheingate A. (Cambridge: Oxford University Press, March 17, 2016).107-123. Abstract: Although a core insight of historical institutionalism (HI) is that history affects actors’ beliefs, values and preferences, it is difficult to test these propositions directly. This chapter argues that one way of...


Evolution of Institutions and Organizations

STEINMO SH. in Complexity and Evolution Toward a New Synthesis for Economics ( MIT Press, August 19, 2016). Abstract: Some economists argue that institutions are the most important factor affecting variation in economic growth. There is a need, however, to better understand how and why institutions emerge and change. Informed...


Are Some Countries More Honest than Others? Evidence from a Tax Compliance Experiment in Sweden and Italy.

Andrighetto G, Zhang N, Ottone S, Ponzano F, D'Attoma J, Steinmo S. FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY . 7 (April 07, 2016). Abstract: This study examines cultural differences in ordinary dishonesty between Italy and Sweden, two countries with different reputations for trustworthiness and probity. Exploiting a set of cross-cultural tax compliance experiments,...