Melike Arslan

Welcome to my professional website!

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. In August 2024, I will join as Lecturer the Institute for International Management at Loughborough University in London

I was previously a Raphael Morrison Dorman Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. I have received my PhD from the Sociology Department at Northwestern University in July 2021.

I mainly study the legal and regulatory infrastructure of market economies from a comparative and international perspective. 

My previous works on antitrust (competition) laws, corporate bankruptcy laws, transnational legal indicators, and the legal foundations of money are forthcoming or published in the Socio-Economic Review, Review of International Political Economy, Journal of Public Policy, International Journal of Law in Context and Annual Review of Law and Social Science. 

In several work-in-progress papers, I look at the variations in the implementation of competition laws in emerging market economies, particularly focusing on Turkey and Mexico, and the influence of globalization on competition consultancy professions.

I am also involved in two collaborative projects on state aid (subsidy) policies, and long-term planning for global climate change. 

My new project delves into the drivers and consequences of consumers’ moral denouncement of price hikes as “price gouging” during the Covid-19 pandemic.