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.

2023-2024 Political Economy Workshops

Winter 2024

  • February 15 | Juan Sebastian Galan Guerrero  (Universidad de los Andes) - "Resisting Social Death:  African Origins of Development in Colombia"
  • February  22 | Sandy Gordon (New York University) - "Local Response to Changes in Voting Rights Protections:  Polling Place Closures Following Shelby County," joint with Dimitri Landa
  • March 7 | Vicki Fouka (Stanford University) - Structural Transformation and Value Change:  The British Abolitionist Movement"

Spring 2024

  • March 21 | Brandice Canes-Wrone (Stanford University) - "Dollars and Donors:  Comparing the Policy Views of Donors and the Affluent"
  • March 28 | Massimo Morelli (Bocconi University) - "The Shift to Commitment Politics and Populism:  Theory and Evidence"
  • April 4 | Carlo Schwarz (Bocconi University) - "The Effect of Content Moderation on Online and Offline Hate:  Evidence from Germany's NetzDG by Rafael Jimenez Duran, Karsten Muller, Carlo Schwarz::SSRN
  • April 11 | Dimitri Landa (New York University) -"Who Gets the Credit News Gathering Competition and Political Accountability" by Hafer, C., Landa, D. and Le Bihan, Patrick
  • April 18 | Amanda Clayton (Berkeley) - "Gender, Deliberation, and Natural Resource Governance:  Experimental Evidence from Malawi" by Clayton, A., Dulani, B., Kosec,K. and Robinson, AL

  • April 25 | Emily Sellars (Yale University) - Fiscal Legibility and State Development" (joint with Francisco Garfias)-

  • May 2 | Gary Cox (Stanford University) - "Inquisition and the decline of science in Spain" by Cox, GW and Figueroa, V.
  • May 9 |Dorothy Kronick (Berkeley University) - "Oversight, Depolicing, and Crime:  Evidence from Colombia by Nicoloas Idrobo and Dorothy Kronick
  • May 16| Peter Buisseret (Harvard University) - "Inequality, Polarization, and Culture Wars"
  • May 23| Stefano DellaVigna (Berkeley University) - "Policy Diffusion and Polarization across the United States" by Stefano Della Vigna and Woojin Kim

Autumn 2023

  • October 5 |David Broockman (University of California-Berkeley) - "Ideology, Idiosyncrasy, and Instability in the American Electorate (co-authored with Ben Lauderdale)."
  • October 12 | Dan Alexander (University of Rochester) - "Electoral Contests over Voter Beliefs"
  • October 19 | Jessica Trounstine (Vanderbilt University) - " Political Protection of Privilege:  How Land Use Regulations Preserve Exclusivity"
  • October 26 | Pam Ban (University of California-San Diego) - "Efficacy of Congressional Oversight"
  • November 9 | Vincent Pons (Harvard University) - Title not available
  • November 16 |Mike Olson (Washington University-St. Louis) - "Deep South Disfranchisement:  State Legislative Politics and Black Disfranchisement in Mississippi and South Carolina in the Late 19th Century"
  • November 30 |Keith Schnakenberg (Washington University-St. Louis) - "Informative Campaigns, Overpromising, and Policy Bargaining"
  • December 7 |Bard Harstad (Stanford University) -"Contingent Trade Agreements"

2022-2023 Workshops

Winter 2023

  • February 16 | Andrew McClellan (UChicago Booth) - "Intraparty Politics and Dynamic Policy Polarization"
  • February 23 | Antonio Nicolo (University of Padova) - "Learning it the Hard Way: Conflicts, Economic Sanctions and Military Aid"
  • Spring 2023 | March 23 | Matilde Bombardini (University of California, Berkeley Haas) - "Investing in Influence:  Investors, Portfolio Firms and Political Giving" (M. Bertrand, M. Bombardini, R. Fisman, F. Trebbi and E. Yegen)
  • March 30 | Ray Fisman (Boston University) - "Measuring Government Openness Through Freedom of Information Request (with Eyub Yegen)"
  • April 13 | Andy Hall (Stanford University) - "Cable News, Fundraising and Legislator Polarization"  Co-authored by Janet Malzahn and Dan Thompson
  • May 4 | Benjamin Marx (BU Sciences Po in Paris) - "The Dynamic Consequences of State-Building:  Evidence from the French Revoluation" (with Cedric Chambru and Emeric Henry)
  • May 11 | Andrew Little (University of California, Berkeley) - "Biased Learning from Elections" by Andrew Little, Andrew Mack and Thomas Pepinsky
  • May 18 | Stephane Wolton (London School of Economic and Political Science) - "Unmasking the Enemies:  A Theory of Denunciations in Autocracies" (Joint work with Tinghua Yu from Birbeck University)
  • May 25 | Lucia Motolinia (Washington University of St. Louis) - "When Reelection Increases Unity and Cohesion:  Evidence from Parties in Mexico"
  • June 1 | Gabe Lenz (University of California, Berkeley) - "Why Voters Who Value Democracy Participate in Democratic Backsliding"

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 2112 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.

Please note:  The PE Lunch is primarily for faculty, PhD students, post-docs and visiting researchers. 

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