Department of Political Science


Dr Mike Seiferling

Assistant Professor
3.01, 29/30 Tavistock Sq. 

Mike is an assistant professor of public finance in the School of Public Policy at University College London (UCL) with research focused on the links between macroeconomics, finance, accounting, and political science. Specifically, these include taxation, budgeting, fiscal performance, public sector accounting and accountability, balance sheet analysis (financial linkages), and technological innovations in the public sector (cryptocurrency and democratic/collective choice mechanisms).

For the past ten years, Mike has worked as an expert for several international organizations (currently a short term expert at the IMF, World Bank and UN) and private sector firms to improve financial literacy, debt management, fiscal transparency, and compliance with international standards in central banks, ministries of finance and commercial banks in over sixty countries worldwide. Previously, Mike worked as an economist at the International Monetary Fund (2011-2015) and completed his PhD from the London School of Economics in 2012.


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Seiferling, M. (2020). Apples, Oranges, and Lemons: Public Sector Debt Statistics in the 21st Century. Financial Innovation (forthcoming).
  • Seiferling, M. (2020). Fiscal Deficits and Executive Planning Horizons. Political Science Research and Methods 8(2): 329-343.
  • Seiferling, M. (2016). What’s your Constitution Worth? A Note on the Classification and Valuation of Economic and Political Assets. International Public Policy Review 10(1).

Book Chapters

  • Goerl, C. (Cologne) and Seiferling, M. (2015). Income Inequality Fiscal Decentralization and Transfer Dependency. Published in Clement, B, de Mooij, R. Gupta, S and Keen, M. (ed) Income Inequality and Fiscal Policy. International Monetary Fund 2015.        

Other Published Articles


I teach the following courses:

  • Data Analysis for Public Policy (Statistics for MPA students)
  • Public Finance and Budgeting
  • Lies, Damn Lies, and Bullshit (Introduction to the Scientific Method and unravelling fake news)

Supervision Topics

  • Public Finance (general)
  • Fiscal Policy (especially tax systems)
  • Macroeconomic linkages with politics
  • Public Sector Corporations (Governance, Management, Performance)
  • Financial Regulation
  • Balance Sheet/Financial Analysis, and Debt Management
  • Income Inequality
  • Fiscal Transparency/Corruption