Ethan Kaplan’s research spans the areas of political economy, applied microeconomics, and empirical macroeconomics. Among other topics, he has studied the determination and persistence of political preferences, interest group behavior, and the political economy of discretionary federal spending. Two of his recent papers have examined the impact of unemployment insurance extensions on aggregate employment and the local economic impacts of the Obama stimulus package. He is an affiliate of the University of Maryland Population Research Center, and the Center for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at the University of Warwick. He earned a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.