Political Economy Workshop

The Political Economy Workshop invites external faculty from both Economics and Politics departments to present their theoretical and empirical research in political economy. The workshop meets Mondays, 4:30-5:45pm in Corwin 127.  If you have questions, please contact the workshop organizers: Gleason Judd, German Gieczewski, and Maria Micaela Sviatschi.  To join the PEW-RPPE listserve for weekly announcements, please email Nancy Huth.

Upcoming Speaker Series Events

PEW: Carlo Schwarz
Mon, Mar 4, 2024, 4:30 pm
127 Corwin Hall
PEW: Allison Stashko
Mon, Apr 1, 2024, 4:30 pm
127 Corwin Hall
PEW: Davide Cantoni
Mon, Apr 8, 2024, 4:30 pm
127 Corwin Hall
PEW: Jacopo Perego
Mon, Apr 15, 2024, 4:30 pm
127 Corwin Hall
PEW: Chris Blattman
Mon, Apr 22, 2024, 4:30 pm
127 Corwin Hall
PEW: Aislinn Bohren
Mon, Apr 29, 2024, 4:30 pm
127 Corwin Hall
PEW: Yingni Guo
Mon, May 6, 2024, 4:30 pm
127 Corwin Hall

Past Events

PEW: Anderson Frey
Mon, Feb 22, 2021, 4:15 pm5:30 pm

The electoral success of the Right in poor nations is typically attributed to non-policy appeals such as clientelism. Candidate profiles are usually ignored, because if voters value class-based descriptive representation, it should be the Left that uses it. In this article we develop and test a novel theory of policy choice and candidate…

PEW: Jörg Spenkuch
Mon, Feb 15, 2021, 4:15 pm5:30 pm

In 1974, a federal court ordered that public schools in Jefferson County, KY be desegregated. To achieve racial integration, students were assigned to a busing schedule that depended on the first letter of their last name. This led to quasi-random variation in the number of years of busing and, for the initial cohorts, whether individuals were…

PEW: Federica Izzo
Mon, Dec 7, 2020, 4:15 pm5:30 pm

We propose a model of political competition not over policy programs, but over ideologies: models of the world that organize voters’ experiences and guide the inferences they draw from observed outcomes. Policy-motivated political parties develop ideologies, and voters choose the ideology that best explains their observations. Preferences over…

PEW: Ying Chen
Mon, Nov 30, 2020, 4:15 pm5:30 pm

To enact a policy, a leader needs votes from committee members withheterogeneous opposition intensities. She sequentially offers transfers in ex-change for votes. The transfers are either promises paid only if the policypasses or paid up front. With transfer promises, a vote costs nearly zero.With up-front payments, a vote can cost…

PEW: Alexander Hirsch
Mon, Nov 16, 2020, 4:15 pm5:30 pm
PEW: James Snyder
Mon, Oct 5, 2020, 4:15 pm5:30 pm

In this paper we study two measures of newspaper partisan behavior and content. The first uses explicit expressions of partisan support in the editorial section. The second is based on coverage and commentary of partisan activities, institutions and actors. We use these measures to describe the levels of relative partisan behavior during the…

PEW: Arjada Bardhi
Mon, Sep 28, 2020, 4:15 pm5:30 pm

Diversity and Evidence in Minipublics. A select sample of citizens, a minipublic, advises a policymaker on the desirability of a policy by discovering citizen-specific evidence. A citizen's incentives to seek evidence hinge on the diversity of the minipublic and the political uncertainty regarding policy adoption. What is the…

PEW: Tamar Mitts
Mon, Sep 21, 2020, 4:15 pm5:30 pm

Can the ultra-rich shape electoral results by controlling media outlets that openly propagate their political interests? How consumers discount slanted media coverage is a question gaining urgency as a growing number of billionaires mix ownership of major media outlets with business interests and political agendas. We study this question in the…

PEW : Jörg Spenkuch (CANCELED)
Mon, Apr 27, 2020, 4:15 pm5:30 pm
PEW: Federica Izzo (CANCELED)
Mon, Apr 20, 2020, 4:15 pm5:30 pm