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 in Room 1022 at Harris on Thursdays from 12:30-1:50 p.m. The faculty organizers are Alexander Fouirnaies and Luis Martinez.

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 Jack Paine (University of Rochester)
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)
Mar 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)
May 16
Mike Gibilisco (California Institute of Technology)
May 23 Andrew Gelman (Columbia University)
May 30 Andrea Tesei (Queen Mary University of London)
June 6 Yusuf Neggers (University of Michigan)

Workshop Archive

Political Economy Lunches

The Political Economy Lunch meets on the first Friday of every month, and on additional Fridays as needed. The lunch in intended as 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, though 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 contact May Woodard-Hickey at [email protected]


2018-19 Lunch Schedule

October 5 Peter Buisseret 
October 12 No meeting
October 19 No meeting
October 26

Christian Salas

November 2 Kara Ross Camarena
November 9

Luis Martinez and Maria Bautista -

November 16

Zhaosong Ruan  "State capacity, meritocratic bureaucracy and redistribution"


November 30 No Meeting
December 7 Liqun Liu
January 11

Mehdi Shadmehr "Inspiring Regime Change"


January 18

No Meeting


January 25

Maria Carreri- "Can Competent Politicians Compensate for Bad Institutions?"


February 1

Zhaosong Ruan -


February 8



February 15

Renard Sexton - "Aid and Insurgency in Afghanistan:  Unpacking the Mechanisms"


February 22



March 1



March 8


March 15 Alex Fouirnaies - "How Does Organized Labor Influence Politicians?  Evidence from Great Britain 1900-2010"

April 5

April 12


No meeting

April 19


Konstantin Sonin - "Persuasion on Networks"
April 26  
May 3


Scott Ashworth -"Strategic Entry and Women's Representation:  Comparing Election Aversion and Voter Bias"

May 10


May 17


Jesse Driscoll - "Ukraine's Civil War:  Negotiating In The Shadow of Clandestine Intervention"
May 24



May 31

Wioletta Dzuida -"Policy Stability versus Responsiveness: The Role of Political Institutions" with Antoine Loeper

June 7