Jerome Schafer is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Yale. He studies political behavior and political economy from a U.S. and comparative perspective, with a particular interest in the psychological foundations of political preferences. He also explores the institutional context that influences their consequences for political outcomes. In his dissertation, he focuses on the role of time preferences in political behavior.
His current research agenda investigates a) the political consequences of time preferences in competitive democracies, b) situational triggers for self-control problems in the political arena, and c) the psychological origins of political time horizons. His goal is to study how policy interventions may encourage citizens to make more patient political decisions.