Nicole Rae Baerg
Department of Government, University of Essex
Lecturer (Assistant Professor) & Co-Director, Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis
Department of Government, University of Essex (October 2016- ).
Assistant Professor of International Organizations
Department of Social Sciences, University of Mannheim (March 2014-October 2016).
Post-doctoral Researcher in Quantitative Methods (Political Textual Analysis)
The Political Economy of Reforms, University of Mannheim (March 2013-April 2014).
Pre-doctoral Researcher, Truman Center for Peace and Tolerance, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (October 2011-October 2012).
Comparative Politics & International Relations, Political Institutions, Central Banking, Political Text Analysis, Computational Social Science
Ph.D. Political Science, Emory University, 2013.
M.A. Political Science, McGill University, 2006.
B.A. (Hons) Economics and International Development Studies, McGill University, 2004.
Nicole Baerg. 2020. Crafting Consensus: Why Central Bankers Change their Speech and how Speech Changes the Economy. Forthcoming at Oxford University Press.
Published Journal Articles:
Nicole Baerg, Julia Gray, and Jakob Willisch. ``Opportunistic, not Optimal Delegation: The Political Origins of Central Bank Independence.'' Forthcoming at Comparative Political Studies.
Nicole Baerg and Will Lowe. ``A textual Taylor rule: Estimating central bank preferences combining topic and scaling methods.'' Political Science Research and Methods, 8.1 (2020): 106-122.
Nicole Baerg, Julie Hotchkiss, and Myriam Quispe-Agnoli. ``Documenting the Unauthorized: Political Responses to Unauthorized Immigration'' Economics and Politics 30.1 (2018): 1-26.
Monkey Cage Blog Post on Elections and the Unauthorized
Nicole Baerg and Mark Hallerberg. ``Explaining Instability in the Stability and Growth Pact: The Contribution of Member State Power and Euroskepticism to the Euro Crisis.'' Comparative Political Studies 49.7 (2016): 968-1009.
Sanja Štajner, Nicole Baerg, Simone Paolo Ponzetto, and Heiner Stuckenschmidt ``Automatic Detection of Speculation in Policy Statements'' in NLP+CSS: Workshops on Natural Language Processing and Computational Social Science (2016) ACM.
Nicole Baerg, Will Lowe, Simone Paolo Ponzetto, Heiner Stuckenschmidt and Cäcilia Zirn. ``Estimating Central Bank Preferences,'' In: Paper entry to the NLP Unshared Task in PoliInformatics. PoliInformatics Research Coordination Network (PInet), [Washington, DC], pp 1-6, (2014). Winning entry
Aacosta, Pablo, Nicole Baerg, and Federico Mandelman.``Remittances, Exchange Rate Regimes, and Financial Sector Development: A Panel Data Analysis,'' Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, pp 1-12, (2009).
Mark Brawley and Nicole Baerg.``Structural Adjustment, Development and Democracy: New Theories of International Trade Adjustment,'' with Mark R. Brawley in International Studies Review, Vol. 9 (4) Winter (2007).
``Divided Committees and Distortionary Vagueness'' with Colin Kranin.
``Central bank communication as public opinion?'' (with Dominik Duell and Will Lowe) David A. Lake Award for Best Paper presented at the 2018 meeting of the International Political Economy Society (IPES).
Papers in Progress
``Uncovering Ambiguity and Blame Avoidance Strategies using Political Textual Data'' (with Baekkwan Park).
``Conflict of Interest? The Watchdog Role of the Commission and Council under the European Semester'' (with Mark Hallerberg).
``Angry Words'' (with Jon Slapin and Keigo Tanabe).
``The economic returns of having a Federal Reserve Bank'' (with Ines Levine).
Competitive Grants and Awards:
A Quantitative Textual Approach of the European Consensus Method of interpretation in the European Court of Human Rights with Jon Slapin, Panos Kapotas, Vassilis P Tzevelekos, Denise Traber, Hauke Licht, and Kushtrim Istrefi. Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS), 238,228 CHF (2020-2022).
What shapes public support for COVID-related economic policy interventions? An experimental approach, Collaboration Seed Funding, University of Melbourn, with Brendan Churchill, Jeff Chwieroth, and Andrew Walter AUS $20,000 and Systemic Risk Centre, London School of Economics 12,000 GBP (2020-2021).
Mercator Fellow, Collaborative Research Ceneter 884: Political Economy of Reforms, 10,000 EUR (2018-2021).
``Collaborative Research Centre 884: Political Economy of Reforms.'' Project C4 with project P.I.'s Thomas Gschwend, Heiner Stuckenschmidt and Nicole Baerg (Mercator Follow) 547,200 EUR & Project B6 with project P.I.'s Carsten Trenkler, Simone Paolo Ponzetto, and Nicole Baerg (Mercator Follow) 410,400 EUR (2018-2021).
MZES Project “Signaling Good Governance” University of Mannheim. 47,000 EUR (2014).
Anreizprogramm zur Berufungl Einstellung von Frauen an den Hochschulen des Landes Baden Wurttemberg. 47,500 EUR (2014).
Lehrprogramm fur Juniorprofessuren, University of Mannheim. 10,000 EUR (2014).
``Collaborative Research Centre 884: Political Economy of Reforms. Project C4: Measuring a Common Space and the Dynamics of Reform Positions'', Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)- Project Co-PI with Thomas Gschwend, Heiner Stuckenschmidt and Will Lowe and associate project members Sven-Oliver Proksch and James Lo. 372,000 EUR (2014-2107).
Rabin Scholarship for Peace and Tolerance. Truman Center for Peace and Tolerance, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 10,000 USD (2011-2012).
Tam Center for Jewish Studies Research and Travel Grant, Emory University. 1,500 USD (2011).
Invited Talks, Conference Presentations, and Posters:
Other Employment Experience:
Intern, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Research Department, Atlanta, USA., 2008 to 2013
Program Assistant, Emory University’s European Politics Summer Study Abroad Program, Berlin, Germany, 2010, 2011, 2012.
International Data Support Officer, University of Manchester, England, 2006 to 2007.
Data Lab Assistant, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 2004 to 2006.
Professional Activities and Service:
APSA 2020 IPE Division co-Chair
Essex Summer School co-Director (starting August, 2019)
Visions in Methodology (VIM): Mentoring co-Chair
Dissertation Committee Supervisor or Committee Member: Yen-Chieh Liao (Supervisor), Jakob Willisch (Supervisor), Brittney Bolin (Member), Sonja Pohle (Member)
Postdoc Students: Colin Krainin, Ph.D.
Reviewer: American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Economics and Politics, European Economic Review, European Union Politics, International Interactions, International Studies Quarterly, Israel Science Foundation, Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of International Development, Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Macroeconomic Dynamics, Political Research Quarterly, Political Science Research and Methods, Public Choice, Public Opinion Quarterly, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and World Politics.
Conference Organization: Opportunities and Challenges in Economic Policy Communications (with James Cross and Silvia Calò), January 17th, 2020, at the Central Bank of Ireland. Computational Linguistics in Political Science: What Have You Done for Me Lately Workshop Co-chair (with Will Lowe). October 31 to November 1, 2014 at the University of Mannheim and Joint MZES-SFB Workshop: Political Forecasting. December 18, 2015 at the University of Mannheim.
Statistical and Computer Skills:
R, Python, SQL, Natural Language Processing
English (native), French (A2), German (A2), Hebrew (A1)
Prof. Mark Hallerberg, Ph.D.,
Department of Political Science, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Germany.
Prof. Royce Carroll,
Department of Government and Director, Essex Summer School SSDA,
University of Essex, Colchester, U.K.
Prof. Jon Slapin, Ph.D.
Political Science, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.