Previous Political Economy Seminars
The Political Economy Seminar focuses on formal and quantitative work in the political economy field, including formal political theory.
September 12: Yuichiro Kamada, UC Berkeley Haas, “Valence Candidates and Ambiguous Platforms in Policy Announcement Games”
September 26: Steve Callander, Stanford GSB, “Policy Advice in a Complicated World”
October 10: Mike Ting, Columbia Poli Sci
October 24: Pierre Yared, Columbia GSB
November 7: Aniol Llorente Saguer, Queen Mary University of London
November 21: Sean Gailmard, UC Berkeley Poli Sci Spring 2016
Feb. 8: Ruixue Jia, UC San Diego, “Generational Culture Gap and Elderly Suicide” (working title)
Feb. 29: Bernardo Santos Da Silveira, Washington University, “Bargaining with Asymmetric Information: An Empirical Study of Plea Negotiations”
Mar. 14: Avidit Acharya, Stanford University, "Improving the Relationship: A Principal-Agent Model of Progressive Learning and Path Dependence."
Apr. 4: Konstantin Sonin, University of Chicago “Social Mobility and Support for Democracy: Re-evaluating de Tocqueville”
Apr. 18: Naor Ben-Yehoyada, Cambridge University, “Ship-napping: the relationship between patronage and extortion during the Sicily-Tunisia Fish War, 1960-1995,”
Apr. 25: Omer Moav, Warwick, “Geography, Transparency, and Institutions.” Joint with Micro Theory seminar, note special time and location: . 4:00pm, Location: 639 Evans Hall
CANCELLED May 2: Steve Callander, Stanford University, “Policy Advice in a Complicated World.” Fall 2015
Sept 28: Kei Kawai, Berkeley, “Voter Turnout and Preference Aggregation"
Oct 12: Alex Hirsch, Cal Tech, “The Lobbyist's Dilemma”
Oct 26: Vicky Fouka, Stanford, “Backlash: The Unintended Effects of Language
Prohibition in US Schools after World War I”
Nov 16: Bard Harstad, UiO, “Conservation Contracts and Political Regimes.”
Nov 23: Peter Buisseret, Chicago, “Dynamics of Policymaking: Stepping Back to
Leap Forward, Stepping Forward to Keep Back " Spring 2015
Feb 2: Shachar Kariv, Berkeley, "The Distributional Preferences of Americans"
Feb 9: Noam Yuchtman, Berkeley, "Curriculum and Ideology"
Mar 2: Pablo Querubin, NYU, "State Capacity, Local Governance and Economic Development in Vietnam." Joint paper with Melissa Dell and Nathan Lane.
Mar 16: Michael Callen, Harvard, "Tailoring Intertemporal Incentives: An Application to Polio Vaccination Drives in Pakistan"
Apr 6: Richard Van Weelden, Chicago, "Informative Cheap Talk in Elections"
Apr 20: Adam Meirowitz, Princeton, "Informative Voting in Large Elections"
May 4: Torsten Persson, Stockholm University, "Norms, Enforcement, and Tax Evasion" Fall 2014
Sep 15: Stelios Michalopoulos, Brown, " The Long-Run Effects of the Scramble for Africa" (Joint with Econ History Seminar)
Sep 29: Camilo Garcia-Jimeno, Penn, " State Capacity and Economic Development: A Network Approach" (Joint with Econ History Seminar)
Oct 13: Johanna Rickne & Olle Folke, Columbia, "Economic Effects of Political Dynasties"
Oct 27: Melissa Dell, Harvard, " Path Dependence in Development: Evidence from the Mexican Revolution" (Joint with Econ History Seminar)
Nov 10: Salvatore Nunnari, Columbia, "A Theory of Power Wars"
Nov 24: Alberto Bisin, NYU, "On the Joint Evolution of Culture and Institutions" Spring 2014
Jan 27: Marco Battaglini, Princeton, " A Political Economy Theory of Fiscal Policy and Unemployment" (Joint with Micro Theory)
Feb 10: John Morgan, Berkeley, " One in a Million: A Field Experiment on Belief Formation and Pivotal Voting"
Feb 24: Neil Malhotra, Stanford, " Political Ideology and Racial Preferences in Online Dating"
March 10: Pablo Montagnes, Chicago, " Political Incentives to Privatize"
March 31: Carlo Prato, Georgetown, " Electoral Control and the Human Capital of Politicians"
April 14: Paola Conconi, Brussels, " Guns and Votes" April 28: Jean-Laurent Rosenthal, CalTech, " Income Versus Sanitation: Mortality Decline in Paris, 1880-1914" (Joint with Economic History, 2pm, Evans 597) Fall 2013
Sept 9: Ernesto Dal Bó, Berkeley, " The Demand for Bad Policy When Voters Underappreciate Equilibrium Effects"
Sept 23: Guido Tabellini, Bocconi, " Moderating Political Extremism: Single Round vs Runoff Elections Under Plurality Rule"
Oct 7: Jon Eguia, NYU, " Discrimination and Assimilation"
Oct 21: Andrew Little, Cornell, " The Political Violence Cycle"
Nov 4: Yosh Halberstam, Toronto, "Are Social Media more Social than Media? Evidence from Ideological Segregation on Twitter" Nov 25: Filipe Campante, Harvard, " Does Religion Affect Economic Growth and Happiness? Evidence from Ramadan" Spring 2013
Jan 28: Saumitra Jha, Stanford, " Trade Shocks and pro-Democracy Mass Movements: Evidence from India's independence Struggle" (Joint with Econ History Seminar. Note special time and location: 2PM, Room 597, Evans Hall)
Feb 11: Ana De La O, Yale, " Looking Beyond the Incumbent: The Effects of Exposing Corruption on Electoral Outcomes"
Feb 25: Tiberiu Dragu, NYU, " An Agenda-Setting Theory of Electoral Competition"
March 11: Gerard Roland, Berkeley, " Culture, Institutions and Democratization"
April 1: Rafael Hortala-Vallve, LSE, "Electoral Competition: Learning and Control"
April 15: Ruben Enikolopov, New School, " Do Elected Councils Improve Governance Outcomes? Experimental Evidence on Local Institutions in Afghanistan" April 29: Brian Knight, Brown, " Evaluating Competing Explanations for The Midterm Gap: A Unified Econometric Approach with Microfoundations" Fall 2012
Sept 10: Alesandro Lizzeri, NYU, " Government Politcy with Time Inconsistent Voters"
Sept 24: Pablo Hernandez, Berkeley, " Experiments on Emergent Leadership, Lying Aversion, and Reciprocal Altruism: The Importance of Context"
Oct 8: Maria Petrova, New School, " Do Political Blogs Matter? Corruption in State-Controlled Companies, Blog Postings, and DDoS Attacks"
Oct 22: Mehdi Shadmehr, Miami, " A Theory of State Censorship"
Nov 5: Macartan Humphreys, Columbia, " Policing Politicians: Citizen Empowerment and Political Accountability in Uganda"
Nov 19: Andrea Vindigni, Lucca, " A Theory of Political Entrenchment" Nov 26: Eric Chaney, Harvard, " Pirates of the Mediterranean: An Empirical Investigation of Bargaining with Asymmetric Information" Spring 2012
Jan 30: Melissa Dell, MIT, " Trafficking Networks and the Mexican Drug War" (Note special location: Room 201, Moses Hall)
Feb 13: Dave Donaldson, MIT, " How Large are the Gains from Economic Integration? Theory and Evidence from U.S. Agriculture, 1880-2002" (Joint with Econ History Seminar. Note special time and location: 2-3:30pm: Room 597, Evans Hall)
Feb 27: Sean Gailmard, Berkeley, " Information & Contestation: A Formal Model of Notice and Comment" (Joint with Theory Seminar)
March 5: Rick Hornbeck, Harvard, "Railroads and American Economic Growth: New Data and Theory" (Joint with Econ History Seminar. Note special time and location: 2-3:30pm: Room 597, Evans Hall)
March 19: Vijay Krishna, Penn State, " Majority Rule and Utilitarian Welfare" (joint with Theory Seminar)
April 2: Torun Dewan, LSE, "Party Factions and Platform Design: An Information Aggregation Approach"
April 16: Scott Ashworth, Chicago, "Bundling and Unbundling Tasks in a Political Agency Framework"
April 30: Bart Wilson, Chapman, " The Ecological and Civil Mainsprings of Property: An Experimental Economic History of Whalers' Rules of Capture" (joint with Econ History Seminar). June 4: Alessandro Pavan, Northwestern, " Information Acquisition and Welfare" (C132, Haas, 12:00-1:30 pm) Fall 2011
Sept 12: Eric Weese, Yale, " Inefficient Boundaries" (note special location: room C330 at Haas)
Sept 26: Francesco Squintani, Warwick, " Information Aggregation and Optimal Structure of the Executive" (Joint with Micro/Yahoo! Research Seminar)
Oct 10: Alex Debs, Yale, "The Effect of Regular and Public Competition for Office on Interstate Conflict
Oct 24: César Martinelli, ITAM, " Ignorance and Naivete in Large Elections" (Joint with Micro/Yahoo! Research Seminar)
Nov 7: Ken Scheve, Yale, " Democracy, War, and Wealth: Lessons from Two Centuries of Inheritance Taxation" Nov 21: Bard Harstad, Kellogg, " Boycotts and (Self-) Regulation in a Dynamic Game" Spring 2011
Jan 31: Santiago Oliveros, Berkeley, "Media Bias, Endogenous Information, and the Condorcet Jury Theorem"
Feb 14: Branislav Slantchev, UCSD, "On the Organization of International Cooperation"
Feb 28: Jeff Ely, Northwestern, "Torture"
March 7: Noam Yuchtman, Berkeley, " Medieval Universities, Legal Institutions, and the Commercial Revolution," (joint with the Economic History seminar, note special time and place).
March 11: Tim Besley, LSE, "Dynastic Leaders and Economic Growth" March 14: Luz Marina Arias, Juan March Institute, " Indigenous Origins of Colonial Institutions" (joint with the Economic History Seminar).
March 25: Robert Powell, Berkeley, "Fighting, Bargaining, and State Consolidation"*The March 28 seminar has been cancelled. The seminar will resume as scheduled on April 11.*
April 11: Hao Li, UBC, "Sincere Voting in Large Elections" April 25: Andy Eggers, Yale, " Electoral Corruption and Institutional Change in 19th-Century Britain" Fall 2009
August 31: , Rochester University, "Estimating Proposal and Status Quo Locations Using Voting and
September 14: , Stanford University, Graduate School of Business Jonathan Bendor
September 28: , Caltech Leeat Yariv
October 12: , UC Berkeley Vikram Maheshri (PhD candidate)
October 26: , UC Berkeley Suresh Naidu (PhD candidate)
November 9: , New York University Dimitri Landa
November 23: , Stanford University Graduate School of Business Claire Lim December 7: , Max Planck Institute, Bonn, Germany Sophie Bade Spring 2009
January 26: Pohan Fong, Northwestern University, "Endogenous Limits on Proposal Power."
February 9: Jon Eguia, New York University, "Foundations of Spatial Preferences"
February 23: David Ahn, UC Berkeley, "Combinatorial Voting"
March 16: Edward Miguel, UC Berkeley, "Government Transfers and Political Support"
March 30: Vincenzo Galasso, IGIER, Bocconi University, CEPR, "The Double Dividend of Political Competition
April 13: Navin Kartik, UC San Diego, "Opinions as Incentives"
April 27: Matias Iaryczower, CalTech, "Voting in Bicameral Legislatures: The US Congress" April 24 and 25:Workshop Fall 2008
September 8: , Stanford University, "Disclosure of Information, Deliberation, and Voting in Committees" Matthew Jackson
September 22: , Haas School of Business and Department of Economics, UC Berkeley, John Morgan "Negative Vote Buying and the Secret Ballot"
October 6: , Harvard University, Georgy Egorov "Political Selection and Persistence of Bad Governments"
October 20: , University of California at Berkeley, "Moral Bias in Large Elections" Sean Gailmard
November 3: , University of California at Berkeley, "Deliberately Incomplete Press Repression" Peter Lorentzen
November 17: , University of Chicago, Balazs Szentes "A Resurrection of the Condorcet Jury Theorem" December 1: , University of California at San Diego, S. Nageeb Ali "Social Learning in Elections" Spring 2008
Eli Berman, University of California at San Diego
"Religion, Terrorism and Public Goods: Testing the Club Model"
Eric Dickson, New York University
"Leadership, Followership, and Beliefs about the World: Theory and Experiment"
John Friedman, University of California at Berkeley
"Optimal Gerrymandering: Sometimes Pack, But Never Crack"
"Optimal Gerrymandering in a Competitive Environment"
Hülya Eraslan, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
"Strategic Voting Over Strategic Proposals"
Matthew Stephenson, Harvard University
"Political Accountability under Alternative Institutional Regimes"
Craig Volden, Ohio State University
"A Theory of Government Regulation and Self-Regulation with the Specter of Nonmarket Threats" May 5:
Scott Gehlbach, University of Wisconsin - Madison
"Government Control of the Media" Fall 2007
Matthias Doepke, University of California at Los Angeles
"Women's Liberation: What's in It for Men?"
James Fearon, Stanford University
"Fighting Rather than Bargaining"
Andrea Matozzi, California Institute of Technology
"Personal Influence: Social Context and Political Competition"
Ethan Kaplan, Institute for International Economic Studies
"Coups, Corporations, and Common Knowledge"
James Alt, Harvard University
"Accountability, Selection, and Experience: Theory and Evidence from U.S. Term Limits"
Gary Cox, University of California at San Diego
"Authoritarian Elections and Leadership Succession, 1975-2000" December 3:
Ernesto dal Bò, University of California at Berkeley/Stanford University
"A Model of Self-Discovery, Moral Capital, and Aggregate Wrongdoing" Spring 2007
January 22: Santiago Oliveros, Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley
"Who Abstains in Equilibrium?"
February 5: Adam Meirowitz, Princeton University
"Secrecy and War: The Origins of Private Information"
March 5: Sergei Guriev, New Economic School
"Media Freedom, Bureaucratic Incentives, and the Resource Curse"
March 19: Massimo Morelli, Ohio State University
April 2: Steven Callander, Northwestern University
April 16: John Morgan, University of California at Berkeley
"On the Buyability of Voting Bodies"
April 30: Ken Shotts, Stanford University
"Pivots and Signals in Elections" Fall 2006
January 23: Patrick Egan, UC Berkeley
"Issue Ownership and Representation"
February 6: Scott Page, University of Michigan
"A Game s Theory Model of Culture and Institutional Path Dependence"
See Mr. Page's paper, "Culture, Institutional Performance, and Path Dependence"
March 6: Alberto Alesina, Harvard
"Good Bye Lenin (or Not?): The Effect of Communism on People's Preferences"
March 13: Matt Jackson, Cal Tech
"Political Bias and War"
Note: This talk will be held in Room 223, Moses Hall.
April 3: Elizabeth Maggie Penn, Harvard
"Political Institutions and Group Identity"
April 24: Abhinay Muthoo, University of Essex
"Information, Institutions, and Constitutional Arrangements"
May 1: Gene Grossman, Princeton University
"Party Discipline and Pork-Barrel Politics" Fall 2005
September 12: Eric Talley, USC
" Optimal Liability for Terrorism"
September 26: Rui de Figueiredo, UC Berkeley
" Does Private Money Buy Public Policy? Campaign Contributions and Regulatory Outcomes in Telecommunications"
October 10: Tom Romer, Princeton University
" Local Public Good Provision: Voting, Peer Effects, and Mobilit"
October 24: Matias Iaryczower, Cal Tech
"Contestable Leaderships, Party Discipline and Vote Buying in Legislatures"
November 7: Torben Iverson, Harvard University
"Electoral Institutions, Parties, and the Politics of Class: Why Some Democracies Redistribute More than Others"
November 21: Fred Finan, UC Berkeley
"Reelection Incentives and Political Corruption: Evidence from Brazil's Municipal Audit Reports"
December 5: Per Pettersson-Lidbom, University of Stockholm
"An Empirical Approach for Estimating the Causal Effect of Soft Budget Constraints on Economic Outcomes" Spring 2005
January 24: Konstantin Sonin,
Institute for Advanced Study
" Dictators and their Viziers: Agency Problems in Dictatorships"
February 7*: Ernesto Dal Bo,
" Workers, Warriors and Criminals: Social Conflict in General Equilibrium"
February 28: Simon Hix,
London School of Economics
" Reconsidering the Economic Effects of Constitutions"
March 7: Guido Tabellini,
" Culture and Institutions: Economic Development in the Regions of Europe"
March 14: Bard Harstad,
" Harmonization and Side Payments in Political Cooperation"
April 4: John Duggan, University of Rochester
" Private Polling in Elections and Voter Welfare"
April 11: Eliana La Ferrara, Università Bocconi
To be announced
April 18*: James Robinson,
" Income and Democracy"
May 2: John Londregan, Princeton University
To be announced
* Joint with the Comparative Politics and Development Seminars Fall 2004
January 26: Gerard Roland, UC Berkeley
"How Do Electoral Rules Shape Party Structures, Government Coalitions, and Economic Policies?"
February 9: Keith Poole, University of Houston
"The Polarization of American Politics"
Including portions of the following papers: " Changing Minds? Not in Congress!" and " Political Polarization and Income Inequality"
February 23: Stergios Skaperdas, UC Irvine
" What Kind of Order out of Anarchy? Self-Governance, Autocracy, and Predatory Competition"
March 8: Ernesto Dal Bo, UC Berkeley
" Plata o Plomo?: Bribe and Punishment in a Theory of Political Influence"
March 15: Jason Snyder, UC Berkeley
April 5: Rafael di Tella, Harvard
"Why Doesn't Capitalism Flow to Poor Countries?"
April 19: Tom Palfrey, California Institute of Technology,
"Social Learning with Private Values" ( PDF 1) ( PDF 2)
May 3: Scott Ashworth, Harvard
"Legislative Cohesion and Particularism" ( PDF1) ( PDF2) Fall 2003
September 8: Nicola Persico, University of Pennsylvania
"Public Goods, Redistribution, and Constitutional Design";
(Links to other articles: " The Drawbacks of Electoral Competition";" Why Did the Elites Extend the Suffrage? Democracy and the Scope of Government, with an Application to Britain's 'Age of Reform'"
September 13: Georges Casamatta, University of Toulouse
"Ex Post Inefficiency in a Political Agency Model"
September 22: John Morgan, UC Berkeley
" Contracting for Information in Committees"
September 27: Ethan Kaplan, UC Berkeley
October 4: Ragnar Torvik, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, "A Political Economy Theory of the Soft Budget Constraint"
October 6: 4-6 pm, 608-7 Evans Hall (Joint with Comparative and Development Economics Seminars) Katya Zhuravskaya, Center for Economic and Financial Research (Moscow),
"Decentralization and Political Institutions"
October 11: Nolan McCarty, Princeton, "The Policy Consequences of Political Polarization"
October 25: Jana Kunicova, Cal Tech, "Political Institutions and Corruption"
October 27: Patrick Bolton, Princeton, "Law Enforcement, Fiscal Responsibility, and Economic Development"
November 3: John Huber, Columbia, " Bureaucratic Capacity, Delegation, and Political Reform"
November 8: Ethan Bueno de Mesquita, Washington University, "States and Mafias: Competing for Enforcement"
November 17: Branislav Slantchev, UC San Diego
"Repression and Persistent Policy Failure"
November 22: Leonard Wantchekon, New York University
December 1: David Baron, Stanford University, " Persistent Media Bias"
December 6: Mathew McCubbins, UC San Diego, "Courts and Markets: Testing the Influence of Court Decisions on Public Policy"