Dr. Frank Bohn was a visiting researcher in ZEW’s Research Department “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” from 17 to 28 July 2017. He is an assistant professor for international economics and political economy at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. His research interests focus on economic budget manipulation, national traits and financial crises as well as monetary and fiscal policy. On 20 July Frank Bohn held a ZEW Research Seminar on the political impact of the economic situation and the role of economic growth during election periods. His research results suggest that political manipulation is even more pronounced during a recession in the run-up to an election, i.e. with municipalities incurring even higher deficits than normal during these times. During his visit at ZEW, Bohn also worked on another paper on the same topic, but related to country data.