Conferences & Seminars

Berkeley Center for Economics and Politics

Previous Political Economy Seminars

The Political Economy Seminar focuses on formal and quantitative work in the political economy field, including formal political theory.

Fall 2017


Fall 2016

  • 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

Spring 2014

Fall 2013

Spring 2013

Fall 2012

Spring 2012

Fall 2011

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

Spring 2009

Fall 2008

Spring 2008

Fall 2007

Spring 2007

Fall 2006

Spring 2006

Fall 2005

Spring 2005

Joint with the Comparative Politics and Development Seminars

Fall 2004

Spring 2004

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"