Department of Political Science


Dr Mike Seiferling

Mike Seiferling

Dr Mike Seiferling

Lecturer in Public Finance

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Mike is an Assistant Professor in Public Finance at University College London’s School of Public Policy. He is also working as the Director of Research for Cryptocurrency and Government at the IE Business School in Madrid (https://www.ie.edu/cgc/research/cryptocurrencies-future-finance/). Broadly speaking, Mike’s research is focused on the interlinkages between macroeconomics, finance, accounting, and political science (see research section).

Prior to working at UCL, Mike worked as an economist at the International Monetary Fund between 2011 and 2014. He continues to work as a short term expert with several international organizations and private firms. To date, he has worked with ministries of finance and central banks in over sixty-five countries worldwide.

Born and raised on the Canadian prairies, Mike finished his first degree (Hons BA) in Economics at the University of Saskatchewan before moving abroad to complete an MRes (2006-07) and PhD (2007-12) in Political Economy at the London School of Economics.

Teaching and Supervision

Mike teaches courses in quantitative methods (Data Analysis for Public Policy), public finance (Public Finance and Budgeting) and performance management (Performance Management and Government Accountability).


Supervision Topics

· Public Finance (general)

· Fiscal Policy (especially tax systems)

· Macroeconomic linkages/Balance Sheet Analysis

· Debt Sustainability

· Public Sector Corporations

· Income Inequality

· Fiscal Transparency/Corruption

· Digital Currencies/Alternative Finance


My research interests include public finance and budgeting, taxation, public sector accounting, income inequality, balance sheet analysis, intersectoral linkages, fiscal transparency, digital currencies/alternative finance, digital democracy, and quantitative methods. Current projects include perspectives on cryptocurrencies, assessing the quality of financial statistics, and fiscal impacts of sovereign borrowing costs.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

· Fiscal Deficits and Executive Planning Horizons. Political Science Research and Methods. (forthcoming).

· Seiferling, M. “What’s your Constitution Worth? A Note on the Classification and Valuation of Economic and Political Assets. International Public Policy Review, Vol. 10 (1) 2016

Book Chapters

· Goerl, C. (Cologne) and Seiferling, M. “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

· Seiferling, M. and Tareq, S. (IMF) “Fiscal Transparency and Government Portfolios of Financial Assets” IMF Working Paper (WP/15/09)

· Aldasoro, Iñaki and Seiferling, Mike, Vertical Fiscal Imbalances and the Accumulation of Government Debt (July 2014). IMF Working Paper (WP/14/209) & SAFE Working Paper No. 61. (Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2464920 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2464920)

· Seiferling, M. “Stock-Flow Adjustments, Government’s Integrated Balance Sheet and Fiscal Transparency”. IMF Working Paper (13/63)

· Seiferling, M. “Recent Improvements to the Government Finance Statistics Yearbook in Response to Analytical Needs” IMF Working Paper (WP13/15)

· Seiferling, M. “A Statistical Evaluation of the NAO Survey: Business Perceptions of Regulation (2007 and 2008)”. United Kingdom Department of Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.

Working Papers

· Seiferling, M. Apples, Oranges and Lemons: Public Sector Finance Statistics in the 21st Century

· Seiferling, M. “Sovereign Borrowing Costs, Fiscal Opacity and Budgetary Consequences”

· Seiferling, M. “Power and the Purse: Tax Compositions, Regime Type and Economic Development”

· Seiferling, M. “Endogenous Budget Rules?”

· Seiferling, M. “Fiscal Consolidation from Above and Below the Line”

· Burton, G. & Seiferling, M. "The Power of the Purse: The Impact of Female Representation on Public Expenditure, 1990-2006". (presented at the American Political Science Association Conference, Toronto 2009)