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Christian Toft

Professor, University of Kassel, Germany

Publish Date: July  12,  2012


Christian Toft has worked at universities throughout Europe, the United States, and Canada. During the past several years he has held visiting appointments at the European University Institute in Florence, the Max Planck Institute in Cologne, the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at Notre Dame University (USA), the University of Victoria (Canada), the University of Tallinn (Estonia), and the United Nations University-World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU–WIDER) in Helsinki.

Toft's main area of research concerns comparative public policy with special emphasis on policy choices in the area of social security and labor market policy. With Professor Joseph Cordes of the School of Public Policy at the George Washington University, Toft is currently completing an international research project on the reform of the welfare state in the European Union and the United States. It is hoped that this international and transatlantic perspective can form the basis for a new look at and the production of new insights into common trends and issues as well as significant differences in the developments and reforms of the welfare states and labor markets on the two continents.  He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge.