2020-2021 Workshops

Fall  2020

October 1

Chris Blattman  (University of Chicago)  - "Gang rule:  Understanding and Countering Criminal Governance"

October 8

Ethan Bueno de Mesquita - "From Investiture to Worms:  A Political Economy of European Development and the Rise of Secular Authority" (Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Ethan Bueno de Mesquita)

October 15

Scott Gelbach (University of Chicago) -  "The Oligarch Vanishes:  Defensive Ownership, Property Rights, and Political Connections" (joint with John S. Earle, Anton Shirikov and Solomiya Shpak)

October 22

Anthony Fowler (University of Chicago) - "Moderates" (authors A. Fowler, S. Hill, J. Lewis, C. Tausanovitch, L. Vavreck and C. Warshaw)

October 29

Jen Lawless (University of Virginia) - "Reinvigorating Local News," from News Hole: The Demise of Local News and Political Engagement--and What We Can Do about It (co-authored book in progress with Danny Hayes).

November 5

Wiola Dziuda (University of Chicago) -  A Model of Politics and the Central Bank coauthored with Carolin Pflueger

November 12

Andrew McCall (University of Chicago-Political Science) - Expert Chiefs, Officer Beliefs, and Racial Inequality in Arrests

November 19

Ali Cirone (Cornell University) - Seniority-based Nominations and Political Careers (coauthored with Gary W. Cox and John H. Fiva) 

December 3

Steve Callander (Stanford University) - "Market Competition and Political Influence: An Integrated Approach." It is joint work with Dana Foarta and Takuo Sugaya.


Winter 2021

February 11

David Brockman (UC Berkeley) - "Policy Voting in Elections:  A Field Experiment"

February 18

Ariel Roginsky (Harris-U of C) - "Explaining Nuclear Ambiguity"

February 25

Itai Sher (University of Massachusetts Amherst) - "Generalized Social Marginal Welfare Weights Imply Inconsistent Comparisons of Tax Policies"

March 4

Alex Hirsch (Caltech) "Voter Attention and Electoral Accountability", Saba Devdariani† Alexander V. Hirsch‡

March 11

Diana Moreira (UC Davis) - "Civil Service Reform and Organizational Practices: Evidence from the Pendleton Act", Diana Moreira and Santiago Perez

Spring 2021

April 1


April 8

Francesco Trebbi (UC Berkeley) - "Political Parties as Drivers of U.S. Polarization: 1927-2018 (with Nathan Canen and Chad Kendall)


April 15

Pablo Montagnes (Emory) - "Politics from the Bench?  Ideology and Strategic Voting in the U.S. Supreme Court" (joint work with Jorg Spenkuch at Northwestern and Tom Clark at Emory)

April 22

Matthew Gentzkow (Stanford) - "Digital Addiction"

April 29

Paola Giuliano (UCLA) - "The Seeds of Ideology:  Historical Immigration and Political Preferences in the United States" (joint with Marco Tabellini)

May 6

Molly Roberts (UC San Diego) - "Resilience to Online Censorship (based on joint work with Jennifer Pan, Will Hobbs, Keng-Chi Chang, and Zachary Steinert-Threlkeld)

May 13

Milan Svolik (Yale) - "Voting Against Autocracy"

May 20

Monica Martinez-Bravo (CEMFI) - "Political Power, Elite Control, and Long-Run Development: Evidence from Brazil, Claudio Ferraz, Frederico Finan, and Monica Martinez-Bravo

May 27

Brandice Canes-Wrone (Princeton) - Cancelled

2019-20 Workshops

October 3

Kate Casey (Stanford) "An Experiment in Candidate Selection"  

October 10

Alex Coppock (Yale)  "Persuasion in Parallel"

October 17

Juan Vargas (El Rosario)

October 24

Gabriele Gratton (UNSW)

October 31

John Marshall (Columbia)

November 7

Georgy Egorov (Northwestern)  Social Media and Xenophobia:  Evidence from Russia" 

November 14

Christina Kinane (Yale) "Control without Confirmation:  The Politics of Vacancies in Presidential Appointments" 

November 21

Claudio Ferraz (UBC)  "Internet, Social Media, and the Behavior of Politicians: Evidence from Facebook in Brazil"

December 5

Cesi Cruz (UBC)

February 6

Guy Grossman (UPenn)  "Media Ownership as Political Investment:  The Case of Israel Hayom"

February 13

Marina Agranov (Caltech) "Social Learning in Groups:  an Experimental Study"

February 20

Greg Martin (Stanford) "Online Competition and Newspaper Quality:  Evidence from the Introduction of Craigslist in the U.S."

February 27

Mahvish Shaukat (World Bank) "Electoral Competition and Politician Behavior:  Empirical Evidence from India"

March 5

Jen Lawless (UVA) "Risky Business:  Gender Stereotype Attacks in Primary Campaigns"  (Cancelled)

Working paper

March 12

Steve Callander (Stanford)  (Cancelled)

April 2

Dimitri Landa (NYU)

April 9

Alex Hirsch (Caltech)  "Voter Attention and Electoral Accountability"

April 16

Ali Cirone  (Cornell)

April 23

Alastair Smith  (NYU)

April 30

Itai Sher (UMass)

May 7

Brandice Canes-Wrone (Princeton)

May 14

James Fearon (Stanford)

May 21

Milan Svolik (Yale)

May 28

Molly Roberts (UCSD)

June 4

Matthew Gentzkow (Stanford)

2018–19 Workshops

October 4

Sevgi Yuksel (University of California-Santa Barbara)

October 11

Stelios Michalopoulos(Brown University)

October 18

Gary Cox (Stanford University)

October 25

Pia Raffler (Harvard University)

November 1

Saad Gulzar (Stanford University)

November 15

Sean Gailmard (Berkeley-University of California)

November 29

Ruixue Jia (University of California-San Diego)

December 6

Ruixue Jia (University of California-San Diego)

January 10

Jake Shapiro (Princeton University)

February 14

Dominic Rohner (HEC- University of Lausanne)

February 21

Eitan Hersh (Tufts University)

February 28

Dana Foarta (Stanford University)

March 13

Renee Bowen (University of California-San Diego)

April 4

David Stromberg (Institute for International Economic Studies)

April 11

Jessica Preece (Brigham Young University)

April 18

Bob Erikson (Columbia University)

April 25

Mattias Polborn (Vanderbilt University)

May 2

Laura Paler (University of Pittsburgh)

May 9

Nolan McCarty (Princeton University)

2017-18 Workshops

October 5 Ernesto Dal Bo (University of California, Berkeley)
October 19 Lubos Pastor (University of Chicago)
October 26 Leopoldo Fergusson (Universidad de los Andes)
November 2 Maria Petrova (Barcelona Institute for Political Economy and Governance)
November 9 Aaron Bodoh-Creed (University of California, Berkeley)
November 16 Julia Payson (New York University)
November 30 Gabriele Gratton (University of New South Wales)
January 18 Scott Gehlbach (University of Wisconsin)
January 25 Marina Azzimonti (Stony Brook University)
February 8 Mehdi Shadmehr (University of Calgary)
February 22 Josh Clinton (Vanderbilt University) - CANCELED
March 8 Alastair Smith (New York University)
March 15 Narvin Kartik (Columbia University) - CANCELED
March 29 Bruno Strulovici (Northwestern University)
April 12 Marco Battaglini (Cornell University)
April 19 Rafaela Dancyger (Princeton University)
April 26 Michele Margolis (University of Pennsylvania)
May 3 Nico Voigtländer (UCLA Anderson School of Management)
May 10 Noam Yuchtman (University of California, Berkeley)
May 17 Melissa Dell (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
May 31 Nageeb Ali (Penn State University)

2016-2017 Workshops

October 13 Anne Meng
October 20 Uri Simonsohn
October 27 Bryony Reich
November 3 Micael Castanheira
November 10 Giacomo Ponzetto
December 1 Thomas Fujiwara
December 9 Gabriele Gratton
January 5 German Gieczewski
January 12 Ruben Enikolopov
January 19 Camilo Garcia-Jimeno
February 2 Brenton Kenkel
February 23 Matias Iaryczower
March 2 Mary McGrath
March 9 Cyrus Samii
March 30 Paul Novosad
April 20 Hulya Eraslan
April 27 Marcos Rangel
May 4 Josh Clinton
May 11 Alessandro Lizzeri
May 25 Shigeo Hirano

2015-2016 Workshops

October 8 Ben Crost
October 15 Odilon Camara
October 22 Chris Blattman
October 29 Chad Hazlett
November 5 Vincent Pons
November 12 Josh Blumenstock
November 19 Daniel Diermeier
December 3 Brian Knight
January 14 Keith Schnakenberg
January 21 Claudio Ferraz
February 4 Joel Middleton
February 11 Jorg Spenkuch
February 25 Seth Hill
March 31 Nageeb Ali
April 21 Brandice Canes-Wrone
May 5 Allison Carnegie
May 12 Jen Brown
May 26 Daniel Koss

2014-2015 Workshops

October 31 Giacomo Ponzetto
"Political Centralization and Government Accountability"
November 6 Dominik Hangartner
"Does Naturalization Foster the Long-Term Political Integration of Immigrants?"
November 13 Olle Folke
"Economic Effects of Dynastic Politicians"
November 20 Razvan Vlaicu
"Inequality, Participation, and Polarization"
February 5 Adam Meirowitz
"Dispute Resolution Institutions and Strategic Militarization"
February 19 Daniel Hidalgo
"Can Politicians Police Themselves? Natural Experimental Evidence from Brazil’s Audit Courts"
February 26 Michael Weber
"Distrust in Finance Lingers: Jewish Persecution and Households' Investments"
March 5 Luke Condra
"Clerics and Sermons: An Experiment on the Effect of Religious Authority on Giving in Afghanistan"
March 12 Jonathan Rodden
"Policy Bundling and Vote Choice in the United States"
April 9 Clifford Carrubba
"Preferences over legal rules and non-median outcomes on collegial courts"
April 23 Bethany Lacina
"Public support for domestic counterinsurgency: Evidence from Thailand"
April 30 Ruben Durante
"Attack When the World Is Not Watching? International Media and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict"
May 7 Don Green
"Diminishing the Effectiveness of Vote-buying: Evidence from a Large-scale Radio Experiment in India"
May 14 Alan Wiseman
"Spatial Models of Legislative Effectiveness"
May 28 Chuck Cameron
"Quitting in Protest: A Theory of Presidential Policy Making and Agency Response"

2013-2014 Workshops

October 3 Katherine Casey
October 10 Giorgio Zanarone
October 17 Greg Huber
October 24 Massimo Morelli
October 31 Nolan McCarty
November 5 Filipe Campante
November 14 Devin Caughey
November 21 Mehdi Shadmehr
January 16 Stephen Ansolabehere
January 23 Marina Agranov
February 6 Zachary Peskowitz
February 13 Oeindrila Dube
February 20 Kris Ramsey
February 27 David Yanagizawa-Drott
March 6 Stephen Chaudoin
March 13 Patrick Lebihan
April 3 Michael Ting
April 10 Alessandra Casella
April 17 Salvatore Nunnari
April 24 Milan Svolik
May 1 Francesco Trebbi
May 8 Dustin Tingley
May 15 Robert Powell
May 22 Arthur "Skip" Lupia
May 29 Konstantin Sonin

2012-2013 Workshops

October 4 Maria Petrova (NEU, Visiting IAS-Princeton)
October 11 Christian Dippel (UCLA Economics)
October 18 Effi Benmelech (Harvard Economics)
November 1 Joyee Deb (NYU Stern)
January 24 Ernesto Dal Bo (Berkeley Haas)
January 31 Hulya Eraslan (Johns Hopkins Economics)
February 28 Melissa Dell (Harvard Society of Fellows)
March 7 Gerad Pedro I Miquel (LSE Economics)
April 10 Rafael Hortala-Vallve (LSE Government)
April 18 Oeindrila Dube (NYU Politics)
May 9 Ruben Enikolopov (NEU, Visiting IAS-Princeton)
May 15 Pablo Querubin (NYU Politics)
May 23 Scott Gelhbach (Wisconsin Political Science)


2011-2012 Workshops

October 19 Cesar Martinelli (ITAM)
October 26 Claudio Ferraz (PUC-Rio)
November 30 Philip Arena (SUNY-Buffalo)
February 1 Nicola Persico (NWU-Kellogg)
February 15 Navin Karnik (Columbia)
February 29 Maggie Penn (Washington University)
March 14 Radha K. Iyengar (LSE)
April 4 Torun Dewan (LSE)
April 11 Francesco Squintani (Warwick)
May 2 Eric Weese (Yale)
May 16 Yosh Halberstam (Toronto)
May 23 Antonio Nicolò (Università degli Studi di Padova)


2010-2011 Workshops

April 27 Jon Eguia (NYU)
May 11 Sean Gailmard (UC Berkeley)
May 25 Ali Cheema (International Growth Centre)
June 1 Moses Shayo (Hebrew University)
June 8 Sureish Naidu (Columbia)


Spring 2010 Workshops

March 31 - Ana De La O (Yale)
"Information Dissemination and Local Governments' Electoral Returns, Evidence from a Field Experiment in Mexico"

April 14 - Matthew Stephenson (Harvard Law)
"Judicial Review and Democratic Failure"

April 21 - Jacob Shapiro (Princeton)
"The Roots of Militancy: Explaining Support for Political Violence in Pakistan"

May 12 - Scott Gehlbach (Wisconsin)
"The Institutional Basis of Successful Economic Reform: Privatization Effectiveness and Regime Change After Ukraine's Orange Revolution"

May 19 - Frederico Finan (Berkeley)
"Motivating Politicians: The Impacts of Monetary Incentives on Quality and Performance"

June 1 - Elisabeth Gerber (University of Michigan)
"Political Geography, Campaign Contributions, and Representation"

June 2 - Jim Robinson (Harvard)
"The Monopoly of Violence: Evidence from Columbia"

Winter 2010 Workshops

January 27 - Jim Snyder (MIT)

February 17 - Konstantin Sonin (Northwestern)
"A Model of Balance of Power with N>2"

February 24 - Eli Berman (UC San Diego)
"Can Hearts and Minds Be Bought? The Economics of Counterinsurgency in Iraq"

March 3 - Claire Lim (Standford GSB)
"Measuring Media Influences on U.S. State Courts"

March 10 - Nolan McCarty (Princeton)
"Welfare and Paternalism"

Fall 2009 Workshops

September 30 - Chris Edmond, New York University
"Information Manipulation, Coordination and Regime Change"

October 21 - Tom Palfrey, Caltech
"Political Institutions and Investment in Public Infrastructure"

October 28 - David Myatt, University of Oxford
"On the Rhetorical Strategies of Leaders: Speaking Clearly, Standing Back, and Stepping Down"

November 18 - Maggie Penn, Washington University
"Strategic Manipulation in Representative Institutions"

December 9 - Alex Debs, Yale University
"Living by the Sword and Dying by the Sword? Leadership Transitions in and out of Dictatorships"

Spring 2009 Workshops

April 8 - Mathew McCubbins, University of California at San Diego
"Connected Coordination: Network Structure and Group Coordination"
Supplemental Paper: "Good Edge, Bad Edge: How Network Structure Affects a Group's Ability to Coordinate"

April 22 - Ethan Bueno de Mesquita, University of Chicago
"Regime Change and Revolutionary Entrepreneurs"

May 6 - Esteban Klor, Hebrew University
"Does Terrorism Work?"

May 20 - Leeat Yariv, Caltech
"Similarity and Polarization in Groups"

May 27 - Ken Shotts, Stanford University
"Policy-Specific Information and Informal Agenda Power"

Winter 2009 Workshops

January 14 - Nathaniel Baum-Snow, Brown University
"School Desegregation, School Choice and Changes in Residential Location Patterns by Race"

January 21 - Steve Callander, Northwestern University
"Searching for Good Policies"

February 4 - Charles Manski, Northwestern University
"Actualist Rationality"

February 11 - Stephan Whitaker, University of Chicago
"Constituencies and the Allocation of Private Activity Municipal Bond Cap Authority" (presentation)

February 25 - Salvador Barbera
"Individual Versus Group Strategy Proofness: When Do They Coincide?"

March 4 - Jim Alt, Harvard University
"Inequality and the Political Economy of Corruption: Evidence from US States"

Fall 2008 Workshops

October 1 - Roger Myerson, University of Chicago
"A Field Manual for the Cradle of Civilization"

October 8 - Yong Wang, University of Chicago
"Fiscal Decentralization, Endogenous Policies and Technology Adoption: Theory and Evidence from China and India's FDI"

October 15 - Benjamin Jones, Northwestern University
"Climate Change and Economic Growth: Evidence from the Last Half Century"

October 22 - Alan Wiseman, Ohio State University
"Measuring Legislative Effectiveness in Congress"

November 5 - Scott Ashworth, Princeton University
"Sanctioning and Learning in Elections"

November 12 - Fernando Ferreira, University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
"The Value of School Facilities: Evidence from a Dynamic Regression Discontinuity Design"

November 19 - Richard Holden, University of Chicago (GSB)
"Measuring the Compactness of Political Districting Plans"

December 3 - Michiko Ueda-Ballmer, California Institute of Technology
"The Economic Effects of Gerrymandering"

Spring 2008 Workshops

April 9 - Jens Ludwig, University of Chicago (SSA)
"Anti-Depressants, Suicide, and Drug Regulation"

April 16 - Jorge Fabrega, University of Chicago (Harris School)
"Petty Corruption and Social Networks: An Exploration with Data from Sub-Saharan Africa"

April 23 - Jessica Trounstine, Princeton University
"Modern Machines: Information, Patronage, and Incumbency in Local Elections"

April 30 - Kerwin Charles, University of Chicago (Harris School)
"Some Initial Facts and Sketch of a Theory about Economic Conditions and Voting Behavior"

May 7 - Ebonya Washington, Yale University
"Economics and Ideology: Causal Evidence of the Impact of Income on Support for Redistribution and Other Proposals"

May 14 - Masataka Harada, University of Chicago (Harris School)
"Testing Strategic Use of Public Debts: A Natural Experimental Approach Using the 1965 Voting Rights Act"

May 21 - Elisabeth Gerber, University of Michigan
"Balancing Regionalism and Localism: Political Representation in American Transportation Policy"

May 28 - Laurent Bouton, University of Chicago (Program on Political Institutions Fellow)
"One Person, Many Votes: Divided Majority and Information Aggregation"

June 4 - Antonio Merlo, University of Pennsylvania
"External Validation by Parameter Recovery: An Application to Voter Turnout Models"

June 11 - John Balz, University of Chicago
"Beyond Margaret Sanger: Commercial Interests in Early U.S. Birth Control Policy"

Winter 2008 Workshops

January 23 - John Patty, Harvard University
"On the Basis and Measurement of Power in Congress"
"Amendments, Covering, and Agenda Control: The Politics of Open Rules" (w/ Elizabeth Maggie Penn)
"Equilibrium Party Government"

February 6 - Shigeo Hirano, Columbia University
"Direct and Indirect Representation"

February 20 - Craig Volden, Ohio State University
"Privatization and the Diffusion of Innovations" (w/ Vanessa Bouché)

March 5 - Matilde Bombardini, University of British Columbia
"Together or Alone in Lobbying for Trade Policy"

Fall 2007 Workshops

September 26 - Nicola Persico, New York University
"Factions and Political Competition" (w/ José Carlos Rodríguez-Pueblita & Dan Silverman)

October 3 - Jesse Shapiro, University of Chicago
"What Drives Media Slant?" (with Matthew Gentzkow)

October 10 - John Matsusaka, University of Southern California
"Institutions and Popular Control of Public Policy"

October 31 - Luigi Zingales, University of Chicago
"Long Term Persistence" (w/ Luigi Guiso & Paola Sapienza)

November 7 - Bard Harstad, Northwestern University
"Strategic Delegation and Voting Rules"

November 14 - David Baron, Stanford University
"Morally-Motivated Self-Regulation"

December 6 - Author Roundtable
Chris Berry, University of Chicago
Imperfect Union: Representation and Taxation in Multi-Level Governments

Spring 2007 Workshops

March 26 - Sarah Anzia, University of Chicago
"She Works Hard for Your Money: Congresswomen and Federal Domestic Spending" (with Christopher Berry)

April 9 - Jeffrey Grynaviski, Political Science, University of Chicago
"Entrenching the Machine: Political Defenses to Reform Party Challenges"

April 23 - Pedro Camarinha Vicente, Oxford University
"Is Vote Buying Effective? Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in West Africa"

May 7 - Avinash Dixit, Princeton University
"Predatory states and failing states - An agency perspective"

May 21 - Steve Ansolabehere, MIT
"Constituents' Policy Perceptions and Approval of their Members of Congress"

Winter 2007 Workshops

January 22 - Shanna Rose, New York University, Wagner
"Accountability, Selection, and Term Limits: Theory and Evidence from U.S. State Elections" (with James Alt and Ethan Bueno de Mesquita)

February 5 - Alberto Simpser, University of Chicago, Political Science
"A Theory of Corrupt Elections"

February 19 - Navin Kartik, University of California at San Diego, Economics
"A Theory of Momentum in Sequential Voting" (with Nageeb Ali)

March 5 - Steve Callander, Northwestern University, Economics
"A Theory of Policy Expertise"

Fall 2006 Workshops

October 2 - No regular meeting. Tim Groseclose, UCLA talks at Noon in Harris School Room 140C
"A Rational-Choice, Format-Theoretic Argument against the Existence of Sophisticated Voting in Legislatures"

October 16 - Randall Calvert, Washington University
"Deliberation as Coordination through Cheap Talk"

October 30 - Jenna Bednar, University of Michigan
"The Robust Federation"

November 13 - Francesco Trebbi, University of Chicago
"Votes or money? Theory and evidence from the US Congress"

November 27 - Nikola Mirilovic, University of Chicago
"Regime Type and Immigration"

Spring 2006 Workshops

April 4 - Amrita Dhillon, Economics, University of Warwick
"Enforcing Contracts"

April 18 - Dimitri Landa, NYU
"Challenger Entry and Voter Learning"

April 25 - Christian Ponce de Leon, University of Chicago
"Distributive Politics and the Poor"

May 9 - Jeff Grynaviski, University of Chicago
"Rethinking Jackson’s Bank War: Party Politics and American Monetary Union in the Antebellum Period"

May 16 - Chris Berry, Public Policy, University of Chicago
"The Life and Death of Federal Domestic Programs, 1970- 2004"

May 23 - Tim Groseclose, UCLA
"A Rational-Choice, Formal-Theoretic Argument for the Inexistence of Sophisticated Voting in Legislatures"

May 30 - Ken Shepsle, Harvard University
"Advising and Consenting in the 60-Vote Senate: Strategic Aspects of Supreme Court Appointments"

Winter 2006 Workshops

January 17 - Boris Shor, Public Policy, University of Chicago
"Testing Partisan Theories of Defense Procurement 1983-1992"

January 24 - Milan Svolik, Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
"A Theory of Leadership Dynamics in Authoritarian Regimes"

February 7 - Zahi Ben-David, Business School, University of Chicago
"Managerial Overconfidence and Corporate Policies" (with John Graham and Campbell Harvey)

February 21 - Jeff Jenkins, Political Science, Northwestern University
"Agency Problems and Electoral Institutions: The 17th Amendment and Representation in the Senate" (with Sean Gailmard)

March 7 - Roger Myerson, Economics, University of Chicago
"Leadership, Trust and Constitutions"

Fall 2005 Workshops

October 4 - Daniel Chen, Political Science, University of Chicago
"The Political Economy of Beliefs: Why Do Fiscal and Social Conservatives/Liberals Come Hand-in-Hand?"

October 11 - Stephanie Waldhoff, Public Policy, University of Chicago
"Economic and Political Determinants of Carbon Dioxide Emissions: Reexamining the Environmental Kuznets Curve"

October 18 - Scott Basinger, Political Science & Public Policy, Stony Brook University
"Congressional Campaigns and Voter Choice: A New Framework for Analyzing Aggregate Electoral Behavior"

October 25 - William Bianco, Political Science, Penn State University
"The Art of the Possible: Majority Rule, the Uncovered Set, and the Limits of Legislative Action"

November 1 - Omar Al-Ubaydli, Economics, University of Chicago
"Diamonds are a dictator's best friend: natural resources and the tradeoff between development and authoritarianism"

November 8 - Brian Knight, Economics, Brown University
"The Political Economy of School District Mergers"

November 15 - Mike Munger, Political Science, Duke University
"Preference modification vs. incentive manipulation as tools of insurgent recruitment: the role of culture"

December 6 - Adrian Vermeule, Law School, University of Chicago
"Absolute Voting Rules"