The Political Economy Workshop is a forum for theoretical and empirical research at the intersection of economics and political science. The workshop draws presenters from around the world and participants from around the University with a wide range of substantive interests.

The Political Economy Workshop meets on Thursdays from 12:30 p.m.-1:50 p.m. in Room 1022 at Harris Public Policy, Keller Center (1307 East 60th Street).  The faculty organizer is Alex Fouirnaies.

Please note:  Some of the PE Workshops may be virtual.

2021-2022 Workshops

Fall 2022

October 6

Eric Snowberg (University of British Columbia) - "An Organizational Theory of State Capacity (with Mike Ting, Columbia)"

October 13

Clemence Tricaud (University of California, Los Angeles) - "Gender and Electoral Incentives:  Evidence from Crisis Response"

October 20

Greg Huber (Yale University) - "People Having Meaningful Policy Preference.  Evidence From Panel Date Using Novel Survey Instrumentation"

October 27

Dan Thompson (University of California, Los Angeles) - "How Partisan Is Local Election Administration?*
Joshua Ferrer, Igor Geyn, Dan Thompson


November 3


November 10

Kareem Haggag (University of California, Los Angeles) - "The Effects of Racial Segregation on Intergenerational Mobility:  Evidence from Historical Railroad Placement" (Eric Chyn, Kareem Haggag and Bryan A Stuart)

November 17

Mary Kroeger (University of North Carolina) - "Outsourcing Legislation:  How Non-Legislators Write State Law"

December 1

Avidit  Acharya (Stanford University) - "Electoral Campaigns as Dynamic Contests (A. Acharya, E. Grillo, T. Sugaya and E. Turkel)

December 8

Laurent Bouton (Georgetown University)



Winter 2022

February 24

Don Green - (Columbia University) "Revisiting a Natural Experiment:  Do Legislators with Daughters Vote More Liberally on Women's Issues"

March 24

Federica Izzo (UCSD) - "Policymaking in Times of Crisis (joint with Peter Bils)"

March 31

Elisabeth Kempf (Booth) - "The Political Polarization of U.S. Firms"

April 7

Hye Young You (NYU) - "How are Politicians Informed?  Witnesses and Information Provision in Congress"

April 14

Ying Chen (Johns Hopkins) - "Sequential Vote Buying"

April 21

Daniel Waldenstrom (Research Institute of Industrial Economics -Sweden) "Democratization and Inequality:  Long-Run Evidence from Capital Shares"

April 28

Betsy Sinclair (Washington University) -Cancelled

May 5

Vladimir Kogan (Ohio State) - "Adult Culture Wars and Student Academic Achievement"

May 12

Svetlana Kosterina (Pittsburgh) - "Delegated Bargaining"

May 19

Helios Herrera (Warwick)


Fall 2021

October 7

Eduardo Teso - (Northwestern University)  "Ideology and Performance in Public Organizations" (coauthored with Jorg Spenkuch and Guo Xu)

October 14

Gilat Levy (Virtual) - (London School of Economics and Political Science) "Short Term Political Memory and the Inevitability of Polarisation"

October 21

Jessica Sun - (Emory University) "State Intervention in Migration in Conflict"

November 4

Ian Turner (Yale University) - "Dark Money and Voter Learning"

November 11

Alessandro Riboni (Virtual) - (Ecole Polytechnique Universite') "Sticky Spending, Sequestration and Government Debt"

November 18

Pavi Suryanarayan - (John Hopkins University) "Hollowing out the State"

November 25 - Thanksgiving

December 2

Betsy Sinclair - (Washington University in St. Louis)

Workshop Archive

Political Economy Lunches

The Political Economy Lunch meets on the first Friday of every month, and on additional Fridays as needed from 12:00 p.m.-1:20 p.m. in Room 1022 of Harris Public Policy, Keller Center (1307 East 60th Street. The lunch is an informal setting in which graduate students and faculty can present and receive feedback on early stage and ongoing research. We welcome empirical or theoretical work linked in any way to politics or political economy. The PE lunch is also an excellent venue for practice job talks. Graduate students and faculty from any part of the University are welcome to attend, please contact us in advance if you haven't been a regular.

If you would like to be added to the PE Lunch mailing list, please email May Woodard-Hickey at