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 1:00-2:30 p.m. in Room 1022 at Harris Public Policy, Keller Center (1307 East 60th Street).  The faculty organizers are Alexander Fouirnaies and Luis Martinez. 

Please note:  Until further notice, all meetings are virtual beginning at 1:00 p.m. 

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


Workshop Archive

Political Economy Lunches

There will be no PE Lunches scheduled for Winter 2021. 

The Political Economy Lunch meets on the first Friday of every month, and on additional Fridays as needed from 12:30 p.m.-1:50 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.