Research Program in Political Economy


About RPPE

Created by the joint initiative of the Politics Department, the Economics Department, and the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, the Research Program in Political Economy (RPPE) supports scholarship at the intersection of economics and political science.

Designed to facilitate greater interaction across departments at Princeton as well as with the broader disciplines, the program sponsors research workshops and colloquia, conferences, short-term visits to Princeton by scholars who work in political economy, and grants to students to aid their research in political economy.

Research Highlights

PE Students on the Market: Noam Reich (POL)
Sept. 5, 2020

JMP: "Do States Screen or Signal?"

PE Students on the Market: Parth Parihar (ECO)
Sept. 4, 2020

JMP: "Policy Decay and the Determinants of Gridlock"

Zhao Li: How Internal Constraints Shape Interest Group Activities
July 29, 2019

Interest groups contribute much less to campaigns than legally allowed. Consequently, prevailing theories infer these contributions must yield minimal returns. I argue constraints on PAC fundraising may also explain why interest groups give little.

Gleason Judd: Access and Lobbying in Legislatures
March 28, 2019

I study a model of legislative policymaking with interest groups. To lobby, groups must have access. Access provides opportunities to lobby particular legislators when they control the agenda. In equilibrium, persistent access creates a tradeoff. It changes legislature-wide expectations, thereby affecting which policies pass today.

Mica Sviatschi: Making a Gangster
Feb. 26, 2019

This paper provides new evidence on how criminal skills exported from the US affect gang development in El Salvador and child migration to the US. In 1996, the US Illegal Immigration Responsibility Act drastically increased the number of criminal deportations. In particular, the members of large Salvadoran gangs that developed in Los Angeles...

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