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PELG Faculty Reading Group 

The Political Economy Lunch Group (PELG) reading group fosters interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration among social science faculty with substantive and theoretical interests in political economy. Permanent and visiting faculty members from UC San Diego and surrounding universities are welcome. We discuss a recent paper of general interest and suggestions are encouraged.   

This group also runs the public PELG Speaker Series, which offers formal talks by leading political economists presenting new research.

There will be no events in 2023. 

Previous Readings


Spring 2022 Schedule

April 5, 2022: Alberto Diaz-Cayeros, Juan Espinosa-Balbuena, and Saumitra Jha. 2022. "Pandemic Spikes and Broken Spears: Indigenous Resilience after the Conquest of Mexico." Journal of Historical Political Economy 2: 89-133. 

April 26, 2022: Christopher Blattman, Gustavo Duncan, Benjamin Lessing, and Santiago Tobón. 2021. "Gang rule: Understanding and Countering Criminal Governance." NBER Working Paper No. 28458.

Winter 2022 Schedule

March 1, 2022: Special session on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine. Faculty with academic and policy expertise are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts on the bargaining and deterrence failures that precipitated the crisis, as well as the implications of the war moving forward.

March 8, 2022: Stephan Heblich, Stephen J. Redding, and Yanos Zylberberg. 2021. "The Distributional Consequences of Trade: Evidence from the Repeal of the Corn Laws." Working paper, Feb. 25, 2021.


Nov. 3, 2020:  Nathan Nunn, "History as Evolution." NBER Working Paper No. 27706 August 2020.

Nov. 24, 2020: Jiwon Choi, Ilyana Kuziemko, Ebonya Washington, and Gavin Wright. "Local Economic and Political Effects of Trade Deals: Evidence from NAFTA." September 10, 2020.

Dec. 8, 2020: Pedro Bordalo, Marco Tabellini, and David Y. Yang. "Stereotypes and Politics." NBER Working Paper No. 27194. May 2020

Jan. 5, 2021: Daron Acemoglu, Giuseppe De Feo, Giacomo De Luca, and Gianluca Russo. "War, Socialism and the Rise of Fascism: An Empirical Exploration." NBER Working Paper No. 27854, September 2020

Jan. 19, 2021: Matilde Bombardini, Bingjing Li, and Francesco Trebbi. "Did U.S. Politicians Expect the China Shock? NBER Working Paper No. 28073, November 2020

March 2, 2021: David Fortunato and Srinivas Parinandi. 2021. "Social Welfare Returns to Legislative Capacity: Evidence from the Opioid Epidemic." 

Oct. 5, 2021: Amory Gethin, Clara Martínez-Toledano, and Thomas Piketty. 2021. "Brahmin Left versus Merchant Right: Changing Political Cleavages in 21 Western Democracies, 1948-2020."  HAL Preprint/Working Paper

Oct. 12, 2021: Peter A. Hall. 2021. "The Shifting Relationship between Postwar Capitalism and Democracy." Government and Opposition, Forthcoming.

Nov. 23, 2021: Larry M. Bartels. 2020. "Ethnic Antagonism Erodes Republicans’ Commitment to Democracy." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 117 (37): 22752-22759. 

Dec. 7, 2021: Wright, Gavin. 2020. "Voting Rights, Deindustrialization, and Republican Ascendancy in the South." Institute for New Economic Thinking, Working Paper No. 135. 


JUNE 2, 2020: Laura Alfaro, Ester Faia, Nora Lamersdorf, and Farzad Saidi. "Social Interactions in Pandemics: Fear, Altruism, and Reciprocity." NBER Working Paper No. 27134, May 2020.

MAY 19, 2020: Christina Gathmann. “Proportional Representation, Political Responsiveness and Child Mortality.” IZA Discussion Paper No. 12729. October 2019.

MAY 5, 2020: James H. Fowler, Seth J. Hill, Remy Levin, and Nick Obradovich. 2020. "The Effect of Stay-at-Home Orders on COVID-19 Infections in the United States." March 2020.

APRIL 28, 2020: Daniel Gingerich and Jan Vogler. 2020. “Pandemics and Political Development: The Electoral Legacy of the Black Death in Germany.” APSA Preprints. April 17, 2020.

APRIL 21, 2020: Oscar Jorda, Sanjay R. Singh and Alan M. Taylor. “Longer-Run Economic Consequences of Pandemics.”  March 2020

JANUARY:  Emily J. Blanchard, Chad P. Bown, and Davin Chor. "Did Trump's Trade War Impact the 2018 Election?" NBER Working Paper No. 26434. November 2019.

JANUARY 7, 2020: Chase Foster and Jeffry Frieden. “Compensation, Austerity, and Populism: Social Spending and Voting in 17 Western European Countries.” December 6, 2019.

NOVEMBER 5, 2019: Lizhi Liu and Stephen Weymouth. "Pre-Analysis Plan - The Politics of Personal Data Privacy: Experimental Evidence." November 1, 2019.

OCTOBER 1, 2019: Thiemo Fetzer and Carlo Schwarz. "Tariffs and Politics: Evidence from Trump’s Trade Wars." Working Paper. March 8, 2019.


JUNE 4, 2019: Noam Gidron and Peter A. Hall. "Populism as a Problem of Social Integration." Deccember 2018.

MAY 28, 2019: Jared Rubin. 2011. "Institutions, the Rise of Commerce and the Persistence of Laws: Interest Restrictions in Islam and Christianity." The Economic Journal 121(December):1310-1339. 

MAY 21, 2019: Alesina, Alberto, Armando Miano, and Stefanie Statcheva. “Immigration and Redistribution.” NBER Working Paper 24733, October 2018.

APRIL 30, 2019: Rafael Di Tella and Dani Rodrik. “Labor Market Shocks and the Demand for Trade Protection: Evidence from Online Surveys.” NBER Working Paper No. 25705, March 2019.

APRIL 23, 2019: Gene M. Grossman and Elhanan Helpman. "Identity Politics and Trade Policy." December 4, 2018.

APRIL 16, 2019: Melinda N. Ritchie and Hye Young You. "Trump and Trade: Protectionist Politics and Redistributive Policy."  July 2018.

APRIL 9, 2019: Sascha O. Becker and Luigi Pascali"Religion, Division of Labor and Conflict: Anti-Semitism in Germany over 600 Years." Working Paper 1060, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, October 2018.

APRIL 2, 2019: Agustina S. Paglayan. "Democracy and Educational Expansion: Evidence from 200 Years." June 1, 2018.  Note: Agustina will be on hand to introduce the paper.

MARCH 19, 2019: Megumi Naoi (UCSD), Insong Kim (MIT), Shujiro Urata (Waseda) and Kazunobu Hayakawa (IDE-JETRO) will discuss their project on "Domestic Institutions and Free Trade Agreements: Parliamentary vs. Presidential Systems."

MARCH 5, 2019: Bryan Schonfeld, “Trading Places, Trading Platforms: The Geography of Realignment.” Working Paper, February 13, 2019.

JANUARY 29, 2019: Ernesto Dal Bó, Frederico Finan, Olle Folke, Torsten Persson, and Johanna Rickne, “Economic Losers and Political Winners: Sweden’s Radical Right.” Working Paper, August 2018.

DECEMBER 4, 2018:  Lane Kenworthy (UCSD) invites discussion and comments on the first three chapters of his new book manuscript, "Social Democratic Capitalism." 

NOVEMBER 20, 2018:  Paola Conconi, Giovanni Facchini, Max F. Steinhardt, and Maurizio Zanardi. "The Political Economy of Trade and Migration: Evidence from the U.S. Congress." CEP Discussion Paper No 1564. August 2018

OCTOBER 2, 2018: Cevat G. Aksoy, Sergei Guriev, and Daniel S. Treisman. "Globalization, Government Popularity, and the Great Skill Divide." NBER Working Paper No. 25062. Issued in September 2018


JUNE 5, 2018: David Skarbek.  2016. "Covenants without the Sword? Comparing Prison Self-Governance Globally." American Political Science Review 110, 4 (November):845-862.

MAY 29, 2018:  In Song Kim and Iain Osgood. "Firms in Trade and Trade Politics: New Insights for the Political Economy of Globalization." May 12, 2018.

MAY 15, 2018: Gary D. Libecap. "Property Rights to Frontier Land and Minerals: US Exceptionalism." NBER Working Paper No. 24544, April 2018.

MAY 8, 2018: Melissa Dell and Benjamin A. Olken. "The Development Effects of the Extractive Colonial Economy: The Dutch Cultivation System in Java." NBER Working Paper No. 24009. November 2017.

MAY 1, 2018: Avidit Acharya and Alexander Lee. "Economic Foundations of the Territorial State System." March 9, 2018

APRIL 24, 2018: David Cantoni, Jeremiah Dittmar, and Noam Yuchtman. “Religious Competition and Reallocation: The Political Economy of Secularization in the Protestant Reformation.” NBER Working Paper No. 23934. October 2017.

APRIL 17, 2018: Jonathan Weigel. "Building State and Citizen: Experimental Evidence on How Formal Taxation in Congo Engenders Citizen Engagement with the State" January 8, 2018. 

APRIL 10, 2018: Rebecca Weitz-Shapiro. "Political Knowledge in Comparative Perspective: Who has it, what is it good for, and should we consider alternative measures?"(Rebecca will present the paper; she recommends reading this article for background.)

MARCH 6, 2018: Rafael Sanchez de la Sierra. "On the Origin of States: Stationary Bandits and Taxation in Eastern Congo" January 2017.

FEBRUARY 27, 2018: Stephan Haggard and Robert R. Kaufman. "Democratic Decline in the United States: What Can We Learn from Middle-Income Backsliding?" February 2018.

FEBRUARY 20, 2018: Daniel Treisman. "Democracy by Mistake." NBER Working Paper No. 23944. October 2017.

FEBRUARY 13, 2018: Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. 2018. How Democracies Die. Crown.

FEBRUARY 6, 2018: Charles Angelucci, Simone Meraglia, and Nico Voigtländer. "The Medieval Roots of Inclusive Institutions: From the Norman Conquest of England to the Great Reform Act. NBER Working Paper No. 23606. September 2017.

JANUARY 30, 2018: Daron Acemoglu, Giuseppe De Feo, and Giacomo De Luca. "Weak States: Causes and Consequences of the Sicilian Mafia." NBER Working Paper No. 24115. December 2017.

JANUARY 23, 2018: Arcangelo Dimico, Alessia Isopi, and Ola Olsson. 2017. "Origins of the Sicilian Mafia: The Market for Lemons." The Journal of Economic History 77(4): 1083-1115.

JANUARY 16, 2018: Scott F. Abramson. 2017. "The Economic Origins of the Territorial State." International Organization 71(1): 97-130.

NOVEMBER 28, 2017: Mark Koyama, Chiaki Moriguchi, and Tuan-Hwee Sng. "Geopolitics and Asia's Little Divergence: State Building in China and Japan After 1850." July, 2017.

NOVEMBER 21, 2017: Melissa Dell, Nathan Lane, and Pablo Querubin. "The Historical State, Local Collective Action, and Economic Development in Vietnam." October, 2017.

NOVEMBER 7, 2017: Avidit Acharya and Alexander Lee. "Economic Foundations of the Territorial State System." October 30, 2017. (Avi will present the paper.)

OCTOBER 31, 2017: Luigi Guiso, Helios Herrera, Massimo Morelli, and Tommaso Sonno. "Demand and Supply of Populism." October 1, 2017.

OCTOBER 24, 2017: Ernesto Dal Bó, Frederico Finan, Olle Folke, Torsten Persson and Johanna Rickne. "Who Becomes a Politician?" NBER Working Paper No. 23120. February 2017.

OCTOBER 17, 2017: Guo Xu. "The Costs of Patronage: Evidence from the British Empire." August 28, 2017.

OCTOBER 10, 2017: Joram Mayshar, Omer Moav, and Zvika Neeman. 2017. "Geography, Transparency, and Institutions." American Political Science Review 111(3): 622-636.


JUNE 13, 2017:  Marc-Andreas Muendler, "Trade, Technology, and Prosperity: An Account of Evidence from a Labor-Market Perspective." May 2017. NOTE: Marc will be on hand to introduce this new review article. 

JUNE 6, 2017: Nicola Fontana, Tommaso Nannicini and Guido Tabellini. "Historical Roots of Political Extremism: The Effects of Nazi Occupation of Italy." IZA Discussion Paper No. 10551. February 2017.

MAY 16, 2017: Peter Schram, “Managing Terror.” May 9, 2017.  (Peter will be on hand to introduce his paper).

MAY 9, 2017: Nico Voigtländer and Hans-Joachim Voth. 2015. “Nazi Indoctrination and Anti-Semitic Beliefs in Germany.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112 (26): 7931-7936.

MAY 2, 2017: Gordon C. McCord and Jeffrey D. Sachs.  "The Timing of Diffusion of Modern Economic Growth." April 2017

APRIL 25, 2017: Ildikó Magyari. "Firm Reorganization, Chinese Imports, and US Manufacturing Employment." January 2, 2017.

APRIL 18, 2017:  David Autor, David Dorn, and Gordon Hanson. "When Work Disappears: Manufacturing Decline and the Falling Marriage-Market Value of Men." NBER Working Paper No. 23173, February 2017.

APRIL 11, 2017: READING FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2017: Anne Case and Angus Deaton. "Mortality and Morbidity in the 21st Century." Conference paper presented at the Brooking Institution on March 23-24, 2017 (See also the critique in Slate by Jonathan Auerbach and Andrew Gelman). 

APRIL 4, 2017:  Alexander F. Wagner, Richard J. Zeckhauser, and Alexandre Ziegler. "Company Stock Reactions to the 2016 Election Shock: Trump, Taxes and Trade." February 6, 2017.  Harvard Kennedy School Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP17-005

 MARCH 21, 2017: Sean Gailmard. "Building a New Imperial State: Agency Problems and Separation of Powers in English North America." December 2016.

MARCH 7, 2017: Paul Castañeda Dower, Evgeny Finkel, Scott Gehlbach, and Steven Nafziger. "Collective Action and Representation in Autocracies: Evidence from Russia’s Great Reforms." October 10, 2016

FEBRUARY 28, 2017: Elena Nikolova and Milena Nikolova. "Suffrage, Labour Markets, and Coalitions in Colonial Virginia." IZA Discussion Paper No. 10226. September 2016

FEBRUARY 21, 2017: Sebastian Galiani and Gustavo Torrens. "Why Not Taxation and Representation? A Note on the American Revolution." NBER Working Paper No. 22724, October 2016.

FEBRUARY 14, 2017: Nina Boberg-Fazlić and Paul Sharp. 2017. "Does Welfare Spending Crowd Out Charitable Activity? Evidence from Historical England Under the Poor Laws." The Economic Journal 127, 599 (February): 50–83.

JANUARY 31, 2017: Devin Caughey, Christopher Warshaw, and Yiqing Xu, "Incremental Democracy: The Policy Effects of Partisan Control of State Government." September 23, 2016

JANUARY 24, 2017: Nicholas Carnes and Eric R. Hansen. 2016. "Does Paying Politicians More Promote Economic Diversity in Legislatures?" American Political Science Review 110, 4 (November): 699-719.

JANUARY 17, 2017: Raymond Fisman, Nikolaj A. Harmon, Emir Kamenica, and Inger Munk. 2015. "Labor Supply of Politicians." Journal of the European Economic Association 13, 5 (October): 871-905.

JANUARY 10, 2017: Alan S. Blinder and Mark W. Watson. 2016. "Presidents and the US Economy: An Econometric Exploration." American Economic Review  106 (4): 1015-1045.

DECEMBER 13, 2016:  John G. Horgan, Max Taylor, Mia Bloom, and Charlie Winter. 2016. "From Cubs to Lions: A Six Stage Model of Child Socialization into the Islamic State." Studies in Conflict & Terrorism. Published online 5 Aug 2016.  (John Hogan will be on hand to discuss his paper).

DECEMBER 6, 2016:  Niklas Potrafke and Felix Roesel. 2016 "Opening Hours of Polling Stations and Voter Turnout: Evidence from a Natural Experiment." CESIFO Working Paper No. 6036. (NOTE: Niklas will be on hand to discuss his paper).

NOVEMBER 8, 2016:  Jawad M. Addoum and  Alok Kumar. 2016. "Political Sentiment and Predictable Returns." The Review of Financial Studies, first published online September 6, 2016.

 NOVEMBER 1, 2016: Justin Wolfers and Eric Zitzewitz. "What do Financial Markets think of the 2016 Election?" October 20, 2016.

OCTOBER 25, 2016: Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson. 2001. "Inefficient Redistribution." American Political Science Review 95, 3 (Sep): 649-661.

OCTOBER 18, 2016: Ryan T. Moore, Eleanor Neff Powell, and Andrew Reeves. 2013. "Driving Support: Workers, PACs, and Congressional Support of the Auto Industry." Business and Politics 15 (2):137-162.

OCTOBER 11, 2016: James J. Feigenbaum and Andrew B. Hall. 2015. "How Legislators Respond to Localized Economic Shocks: Evidence from Chinese Import Competition." The Journal of Politics 77, 4 (October): 1012-1030.

OCTOBER 4, 2016: Jonathan Rothwell (Senior Economist, Gallup). "Explaining Nationalist Political Views: The Case of Donald Trump." September 4, 2016.

SEPTEMBER  27, 2016:  Daniela Campello and Cesar Zucco Jr. 2016. "Presidential Success and the World Economy." The Journal of Politics 78, 2 (April): 589-602.


JUNE 7, 2016: Christian Albrekt Larsen. 2016. "How Three Narratives of Modernity Justify Economic Inequality." Acta Sociologica 59 (2): 93-112. 

MAY 31, 2016: Nolan McCarty and Boris Shorz. "Partisan Polarization in the United States: Diagnoses and Avenues for Reform." November 11, 2015

MAY 24, 2016: Christian Dippel, Robert Gold, and Stephan Heblich. "Globalization and Its (Dis-)Content: Trade Shocks and Voting Behavior." NBER Working Paper No. 21812

MAY 17, 2016: Yi Che, Yi Lu, Justin R. Pierce, Peter K. Schott, and Zhigang Tao. "Does Trade Liberalization with China Influence U.S. Elections?" NBER Working Paper No. 22178, April 2016

MAY 10, 2016: Kendra Bischoff and Sean F. Reardon. "Residential Segregation by Income, 1970-2009," in John R. Logan, The Lost Decade? Social Change in the U.S. after 2000.  Russell Sage Foundation, 2013.

MAY 3, 2016:  David Autor, David Dorn, Gordon Hanson, and Kaveh Majlesi. 2016. "Importing Political Polarization? The Electoral Consequences of Rising Trade Exposure." April 23, 2016.

APRIL 26, 2016: J. Bradford Jensen, Dennis P. Quinn, and Stephen Weymouth. "Winners and Losers in International Trade: The Effects on U.S. Presidential Voting." NBER Working Paper No. 21899, January 2016.

APRIL 12, 2016: Michael Tesler. 2013.  "The Return of Old Fashioned Racism to White Americans' Partisan Preferences in the Early Obama Era"  Journal of Politics 75(1): 110-123.

APRIL 5, 2016:  Manuel Funke, Moritz Schularick, and Christoph Trebesch. 2015. "Going to Extremes: Politics after Financial Crises, 1870-2014." CESIFO Working Paper No. 5553, Oct 2015.

MARCH 29, 2016: Peter Gourevitch, "Fleeing Hitler and Stalin to America: Illuminating History with Family Stories." February 2016

MARCH 15, 2016:  Anna Maria Mayda, Giovanni Peri, Walter Steingress. "Immigration to the U.S.: A Problem for the Republicans or the Democrats?" NBER Working Paper No. 21941. January 2016.

MARCH 1, 2016:  Elliott Ash. "The Political Economy of Tax Laws in the U.S. States." November 27, 2015

FEBRUARY 23, 2016: Christopher Faricy. 2016. "The Distributive Politics of Tax Expenditures: How Parties use Policy Tools to Distribute Federal Money to the Rich and the Poor." Politics, Groups, and Identities 4 (1): 111-125.

FEBRUARY 16, 2016: Symposium on unequal representation with Peter Enns and Martin Gilens. Perspectives on Politics 13, 4  (December 2015): 1053-1074.

FEBRUARY 2, 2016: Stanislav Markus. Property, Predation, and Protection: Piranha Capitalism in Russia and Ukraine. Cambridge UP, 2015.  Read Chapters 2 and 6.  Stanislav will be on hand to discuss this project.

FEBRUARY 2, 2016: Kuziemko, Ilyana, Michael I. Norton, Emmanuel Saez, and Stefanie Stantcheva. 2015. "How Elastic Are Preferences for Redistribution? Evidence from Randomized Survey Experiments." American Economic Review 105(4): 1478-1508.

JANUARY  26, 2016: Vladimir Gimpelson AND Daniel Treisman. "Misperceiving Inequality." NBER Working Paper No. 21174, May 2015

JANUARY  5, 2016:  Hugh Rockoff. "War and Inflation in the United States from the Revolution to the First Iraq War." NBER Working Paper No. 21221. May 2015 

DECEMBER 8, 2015:  Ilyana Kuziemko and Ebonya Washington. "Why did the Democrats Lose the South? Bringing New Data to an Old Debate." NBER Working Paper No. 21703.  November 2015

DECEMBER 1, 2015:  Devin Caughey, Christopher Warshawy, and Yiqing Xuz. "The Policy Effects of the Partisan Composition of State Government." September 28, 2015

NOVEMBER 24, 2015: 1. Nishi, Akihiro, et al. 2015. “Inequality and Visibility of Wealth in Experimental Social Networks.” Nature 526 (Oct 15): 426-439. 2. Borgerhoff Mulder, Monique, et al. 2009. “Intergenerational Wealth Transmission and the Dynamics of Inequality in Small-Scale Societies.” Science 326 (Oct 31): 682-687. 

NOVEMBER 3, 2015: Torben Iversen and David Soskice. 2015.  "Information, Inequality, and Mass Polarization: Ideology in Advanced Democracies."  Comparative Political Studies 48 (13):1781-1813.

OCTOBER 20, 2015: Sharun Mukand and Dani Rodrik. "The Political Economy of Liberal Democracy." September 2015.

OCTOBER 13, 2015: Deborah Boucoyannis. 2015. "No Taxation of Elites, No Representation: State Capacity and the Origins of Representation." Politics & Society 43(3) 303-332.

OCTOBER 6, 2015: Isabela Mares and Didac Queralt. "The Conservative Origin of Income Taxation." May 2015

SEPTEMBER 29, 2015: Alan de Bromhead. "Women Voters and Trade Protectionism in the Interwar Years." January 2014.


JUNE 2, 2015: Joel W. Simmons. "Resource Wealth and Women's Economic and Political Power in the U.S. States." 2015

MAY 26, 2015: Luigi Guiso, Paola Sapienza, and Luigi Zingales. "Monnet's Error?" NBER Working Paper No. 21121 April 2015

MAY 12, 2015: Josiah Ober. 2010. "Wealthy Hellas." Transactions of the American Philological Association 140 (2): 241–286

MAY 5, 2015:  James E. Alt, David Dreyer Lassen, and John Marshall, "Credible Sources and Sophisticated Voters: When Does New Information Induce Economic Voting?" September 5, 2014.

APRIL 28, 2015: Magnus Carlsson, Gordon B. Dahl, and Dan-Olof Rooth. "Do Politicians Change Public Attitudes?" NBER Working Paper No. 21062, April 2015.

APRIL 21, 2015:  Stephen Ansolabehere and M. Socorro Puy. "Ideology, Nationalism, and Identity in Basque Regional Elections." Málaga Economic Theory Research Center  Working Papers, WP 2015-2, February 2015

APRIL 14, 2015: Shanto Iyengar and Sean J. Westwood. 2014. "Fear and Loathing across Party Lines: New Evidence on Group Polarization." American Journal of Political Science. Published online on Dec 16, 2014.

APRIL 7, 2015: "World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior."  World Bank Group, 2015.  Please skim the Overview (pp. 2-22) and read Part I (pp. 25-76).

MARCH 31, 2015:  Magdalena Ignatowski, Josef Korte, and Charlotte Werger. "Between Capture and Discretion: The Determinants of Distressed Bank Treatment and Expected Government Support." August, 2014.

MARCH 17, 2015:  Raj Chetty. "Behavioral Economics and Public Policy: A Pragmatic Perspective." NBER Working Paper No. 20928. February 2015

MARCH 3, 2015:  Luigi Zingales. "Does Finance Benefit Society?" 2015 AFA Presidential Address

FEBURARY 24, 2015: Zubin Jelveh, Bruce Kogut, and Suresh Naidu, "Political Language in Economics." December 6, 2014

FEBURARY 17, 2015: Lisa Blaydes,  Justin Grimmer, and Alison McQueen. "Mirrors for Princes and Sultans: Advice on the Art of Governance in the Medieval Christian and Islamic Worlds." October 4, 2013.

FEBURARY 10, 2015:  T. Camber Warren. "Not by the Sword Alone: Soft Power, Mass Media, and the Production of State Sovereignty."  Forthcoming in International Organization.

FEBURARY 3, 2015:  Erik Voeten. "The Political Origins of the UN Security Council's Ability to Legitimize the Use of Force." International Organization 59, 3 (July 2005): 527-557.

JANUARY 27, 2015: Avner Greif and Jared Rubin. "Endogenous Political Legitimacy: The English Reformation and the Institutional Foundation of Limited Government." February 2014

JANUARY 20, 2015: Timur Kuran and Jared Rubin. "The Financial Power of the Powerless: Socio-Economic Status and Interest Rates under Partial Rule of Law." October 11, 2014.

JANUARY 13, 2015: Kevin Narizny. "The Structural Basis of Democratic Pacts: Capitalist Agriculture and Parliamentarism in Early Moden England." October 20, 2014

JANUARY 6, 2015: Chenggang Xu. 2011. "The Fundamental Institutions of China’s Reforms and Development." Journal of Economic Literature 49:4, 1076–1151.

DECEMBER 16, 2014: Helios Herrera, Guillermo Ordoñez, and Christoph Trebesch. "Political Booms, Financial Crises." NBER Working Paper No. 20346, July 2014.

DECEMBER 9, 2014: Hanming Fang, Quanlin Gu, and Li-An Zhou. 2014. "The Gradients of Power: Evidence from the Chinese Housing Market." July 14, 2014

NOVEMBER 25, 2014: Sheilagh Ogilvie. 2014 "The Economics of Guilds." Journal of Economic Perspectives 28, 4 (Fall): 169–192.

NOVEMBER 18, 2014: David Stasavage. 2014. "Was Weber Right? The Role of Urban Autonomy in Europe’s Rise." American Political Science Review 108, 2 (May): 337-354.

OCTOBER 28, 2014: Allan Meltzer and Scott Richard. 2014. "A Rational Theory of the Growth of Government and the Distribution of Income." The Wharton School Research Paper No. 67.  July 4, 2014. 

OCTOBER 21, 2014: Branko Milanovic. 2000. “The Median Voter Hypothesis, Income Inequality, and Income Redistribution: An Empirical Test with the Required Data.” European Journal of Political Economy 16 (3): 367-410.

OCTOBER 14, 2014:  Adam Bonica, Howard Rosenthal, and David J. Rothman DJ. 2014. "The Political Polarization of Physicians in the United States: An Analysis of Campaign Contributions to Federal Elections, 1991 Through 2012." JAMA Intern Med. 174(8):1308-1317.

OCTOBER 7, 2014:  Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson, "The Rise and Fall of General Laws of Capitalism." August 2014.


JUNE 3, 2014: Benjamin I. Page, Larry M. Bartels, and Jason Seawright. 2013. "Democracy and the Policy Preferences of Wealthy Americans." Perspectives on Politics 11(1): 51-73.

MAY 27, 2014: Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page. 2014. "Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens." Perspectives on Politics (forthcoming Fall 2014).

MAY 20, 2014: Thomas Piketty, Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Harvard University Press, 2014 (for this week, please read Part 4, pp. 471-577).

MAY 13, 2014: Thomas Piketty, Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Harvard University Press, 2014 (for this week, please read Part 3, pp. 237-470)

MAY 6, 2014: Thomas Piketty, Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Harvard University Press, 2014 (for this week, please read Part 1 and Part 2, pp. 1-236)

APRIL 29, 2014:  Mark Dincecco and Massimiliano Gaetano Onorato. "Military Conflict and the Economic Rise of Urban Europe." March 13, 2014

APRIL 22, 2014:  Stelios Michalopoulos, Alireza Naghavi, and Giovanni Prarolo. "Trade and Geography in the Origins and Spread of Islam." NBER Working Paper No. 18438. October 2013.

APRIL 15, 2014: Anirban Mitra and Debraj Ray. "Implications of an Economic Theory of Conflict: Hindu-Muslim Violence in India." December 2013.

APRIL 8, 2014: Christian Dippel. "Forced Coexistence and Economic Development: Evidence from Native American Reservations." November 8, 2013

APRIL 1, 2014: Ying Bai and Ruixue Jia. "Social Mobility and Revolution: The Impact of the Abolition of China’s Civil Service Exam System." March 25, 2014. [slides; paper sent by email]

MARCH 18, 2014: Timothy J. Besley and Torsten Persson. "Taxation and Development." Forthcoming, Handbook of Pubic Economics.

MARCH 4, 2014: Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo. "Under the Thumb of History? Political Institutions and the Scope for Action."  NBER Working Paper No. 19848, January 2014.

FEBRUARY 25, 2014: John F. Helliwell, Shun Wang, and Jinwen Xu. "How Durable are Social Norms? Immigrant Trust and Generosity in 132 Countries." NBER Working Paper No. 19855, January 2014.

FEBRUARY 18, 2014: Erol Akçay, Joan Roughgarden, James Fearon, John Ferejohn, and Barry R. Weingast. "Biological Institutions: The Political Science of Animal Cooperation." July 2013.

FEBRUARY 11, 2014: Gerard Roland and Yuriy Gorodnichenko, “Culture, Institutions, and Democratization." March 2013.

FEBRUARY 4, 2014: Alberto Alesina and Paola Giuliano, "Culture and Institutions." NBER Working Paper No. 19750. December 2013.

JANUARY 28, 2014:  Irena Grosfeld and Ekaterina Zhuravskaya, "Persistent and Non-Persistent Effects of Empires: Evidence from the Partitions of Poland." January 9, 2014.

ANUARY 21, 2014: Shanker Satyanath, Nico Voigtlaender, and Hans-Joachim Voth. "Bowling for Fascism: Social Capital and the Rise of the Nazi Party in Weimar Germany, 1919-33." NBER Working Paper No. 19201, July 2012.

JANUARY 14, 2014: (1) Roger Myerson, "Toward a Theory of Leadership and State-Building." PNAS 2011.  (2) Daron Acemoglu and Matthew O. Jackson, "History, Expectations, and Leadership in the Evolution of Social Norms." July 15, 2012

JANUARY 7, 2014: Alexandra Guisinger. "Racial Diversity and Redistribution: Explaining (White) Americans Continued Support for Trade Protection." August 31, 2013.

DECEMBER 10, 2013: John Joseph Wallis and Barry R. Weingast. "Equilibrium Impotence: Why the States and Not the American National Government Financed Economic Development in the Antebellum Era." NBER Working Paper No. 11397. June 2005

DECEMBER 3, 2013: Clayton Nall. "The Political Consequences of Spatial Policies: How Interstate Highways Caused Geographic Polarization." October 28, 2013

NOVEMBER 26, 2013: Tarik Abou-Chadi and Matthias Orlowski. "Political Institutions and the Distributional Consequences of Suffrage Extension." June 12, 2013

NOVEMBER 5, 2013:   Rentfrow, P. J., Gosling, S. D., Jokela, M., Stillwell, D. J., Kosinski, M., & Potter, J. "Divided We Stand: Three Psychological Regions of the United States and Their Political, Economic, Social, and Health Correlates." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Online publication date: October 14, 2013.

OCTOBER 29, 2013:  Melissa Rogers and Dong-wook Lee. "Electoral Geography, Inequality, and Representation." Working Paper, 2013.

OCTOBER 22, 2013:  John G. Bullock, Alan S. Gerber, Seth J. Hill, and Gregory A. Huber. "Partisan Bias in Factual Beliefs about Politics." NBER Working Paper 19080, May 2013

OCTOBER 15, 2013: Jowei Chen and Jonathan Rodden. 2013. "Unintentional Gerrymandering: Political Geography and Electoral Bias in Legislatures." Quarterly Journal of Political Science 8 (3): 239–269.

OCTOBER 8, 2013:  Adam Bonica, Nolan McCarty, Keith T. Poole, and Howard Rosenthal. 2013. "Why Hasn’t Democracy Slowed Rising Inequality?" Journal of Economic Perspectives 27, 3 (Summer): 103-124.

OCTOBER 1, 2013:  Facundo Alvaredo, Anthony B. Atkinson, Thomas Piketty, and Emmanuel Saez. 2013. "The Top 1 Percent in International and Historical Perspective."  Journal of Economic Perspectives 27, 3 (Summer): 3-20.


JUNE 11, 2013: Nathan Nunn and Daniel Trefler. "Domestic Institutions as a Source of Comparative Advantage." NBER Working Paper 18851. February 2013.

JUNE 4, 2013: Filipe R. Campante and Quoc-Anh Do. "Isolated Capital Cities, Accountability and Corruption: Evidence from US States." NBER Working Paper 19027, May 2013.

MAY 28, 2013: Gary W. Cox. "The Power of the Purse and the Reversionary Budget."  September 21, 2012.

MAY 21, 2013: Massimiliano Gaetano Onorato, Kenneth Scheve, and David Stasavage. "Technology and the Era of the Mass Army." IMT LUCCA EIC WORKING PAPER SERIES #05/2012. November 2012.

MAY 7, 2013: Jordi Vidal-Robert. "War and Inquisition: Repression in Early Modern Spain." February 2013.

APRIL 30, 2013: Joel Selway, Allen Hicken, and Noppadon Kannika. "The Effect of Electoral Rules on Public Goods Provision: An Experimental Approach in Thailand's 2011 General Elections." April 26 2013. (NOTE: Joel will be on hand to discuss his paper).

APRIL 23, 2013: Laurent Bouton, Paola Conconi, Francisco Pino, and Maurizio Zanardi. "Guns and Votes." March 2013.

APRIL 16, 2013: Donald Wittman, "Strategic Behavior and Organizational Structure in Religions." January 3, 2012. 

APRIL 9, 2013: Yotam Margalit, "Explaining Social Policy Preferences: Evidence from the Great Recession." Forthcoming, 2013, American Political Science Review.

APRIL 2, 2013: Avner Greif and Guido Tabellini. "The Clan and the City: Sustaining Cooperation in China and Europe." July 2012.

MARCH 19, 2013:  Enrico Spolaore. "The Economics of Political Borders." CESIFO WORKING PAPER NO. 3854, June 2012.

MARCH 5, 2013: Andrew B. Bernard, J. Bradford Jensen, Stephen J. Redding, and Peter K. Schott. 2012 "The Empirics of Firm Heterogeneity and International Trade." Annual Review of Economics 4, (1): 283-313.

FEBRUARY 26, 2013:  Ann E. Harrison, Justin Yifu Lin, and L. Colin Xu. "Africa's (Dis)advantage: the Curse of Party Monopoly." NBER Working Paper No. 18683, January 2013.

FEBRUARY 19, 2013: Javier Alcántar-Toledo and Yannis P. Venieris. "The Budget, Growth and Sociopolitical Instability." European Journal of Political Economy (forthcoming 2013).

FEBRUARY 12, 2013: Aila Matanock, "Examining the Effect of Electoral Participation on Conflict Recurrence." February 2013.

FEBRUARY 5, 2013: Miles Corak and Patrizio Piraino. 2011. "The Intergenerational Transmission of Employers." Journal of Labor Economics 29 (1): 37-68.

JANUARY 29, 2013: Sean F. Reardon, "The Widening Academic Achievement Gap Between the Rich and the Poor: New Evidence and Possible Explanations." Forthcoming in Whither Opportunity? Rising Inequality, Schools, and Children’s Life Chances (Russell Sage Foundation).

JANUARY 22, 2013: Nathan Nunn. "Historical legacies: A model linking Africa’s past to its current underdevelopment." Journal of Development Economics 83 (2007) 157– 175

JANUARY 8,  2013:  Amir N. Licht, Chanan Goldschmidt, Shalom H. Schwartz. 2007. “Culture Rules: The Foundations of the Rule of Law and other Norms of Governance.” Journal of Comparative Economics 35, 4 (December):659-688.

DECEMBER 11,  2012: Jens Hainmueller and Michael J. Hiscox. 2012. "Buying Green? Field Experimental Tests of Consumer Support for Environmentalism."

NOVEMBER 27,  2012: John Sides and Lynn Vavreck, "The Hand You’re Dealt." Preliminary version of Chapter 2 in The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential Election, by John Sides and Lynn Vavreck, to be published by Princeton University Press in July 2013.

NOVEMBER 20,  2012: Shawn Kantor, Price V. Fishback, and John Joseph Wallis. "Did the New Deal Solidify the 1932 Democratic Realignment?"  NBER Working Paper No. 18500. November 2012.

NOVEMBER 13, 2012: Robert D. Woodberry. 2012. "The Missionary Roots of Liberal Democracy." American Political Science Review 106, 2 (May).

NOVEMBER 6, 2012: Alexander Lee and Kenneth A. Schultz. "Comparing British and French Colonial Legacies: A Discontinuity Analysis of Cameroon." Quarterly Journal of Political Science, 2012, 7: 365–410.

OCTOBER 23, 2012: Jacob Gerner Hariri. "The Autocratic Legacy of Early Statehood." American Political Science Review 106, 3 (August 2012).

OCTOBER 16, 2012: Diego Puga and Daniel Trefler. "International Trade and Institutional Change: Medieval Venice's Response to Globalization." CEPR Discussion Paper No. 9076, August 2012

OCTOBER 9, 2012: Mark Dincecco and Mauricio Prado. "Warfare, Fiscal Capacity, and Performance." March 12, 2012


MAY 29, 2012:  Jeffry Frieden, Michael Pettis, Dani Rodrik, and Ernesto Zedillo. "After the Fall: The Future of the International Economic Order." ICMB Geneva Report 14, April 15, 2012

MAY 15, 2012:  Thomas J. Sargent, "United States then, Europe now." February 1, 2012

APRIL 24 AND MAY 1, 2012: Nicholai Lidow (Post-Doc at UC's Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation) will be on hand to discuss his new book manuscript, "Violent Order: Rebel Organization and Liberia's Civil War."  April 6, 2012

APRIL 17, 2012: Stelios Michalopoulos and Elias Papaioannou. "The Long-Run Effects of the Scramble for Africa." NBER Working Paper No. 17620, November 2011.

APRIL 10, 2012:  Spassena Koleva, Jesse Graham,  Ravi Iyer,  Peter H. Ditto, and Jonathan Haidt. 2012. "Tracing the Threads: How Five Moral Concerns (especially Purity) help Explain Culture War Attitudes." Journal of Research in Personality 46 (2012): 184–194.

APRIL 3, 2012:  John Ahlquist (University of Wisconsin, Madison) will be on hand to discuss research from his current project (with Margaret Levi), titled "Constructing Communities of Fate."  Please read  the  Book Precis  and  Chapter  8,  "Unionization and Workers' Attitudes toward International Trade: The ILWU Puzzle." March 2012.

MARCH 27, 2012: Alan De Bromhead, Barry Eichengreen, and Kevin O'Rourke. "Right-Wing Political Extremism in the Great Depression." NBER Working Paper No. 17871

MARCH 20, 2012:  Kenneth Scheve and David Stasavage. "Democracy, War, and Wealth: Lessons from Two Centuries of Inheritance Taxation." American Political Science Review, February 2012.

MARCH 13, 2012:  Philip H. Brown, Erwin Bulte, and Xiaobo Zhang. "Positional Spending and Status Seeking in Rural China." Journal of Development Economics 96 (2011): 139-149.

FEBRUARY 28, 2012:  Steven E. Sexton and Alison L. Sexton. "Conspicuous Conservation: The Prius Effect and Willingness to Pay for Environmental Bona Fides." April 21, 2011

FEBRUARY 21, 2012:  Marion Fourcade and Rakesh Khurana. 2011. "From Social Control to Financial Economics: The Linked Ecologies of Economics and Business in Twentieth Century America." Working Paper 11-071.

FEBRUARY 14, 2012:  Michael Albertus, "Democracy and the Threat of Redistribution in Latin America." May 2011.

FEBRUARY 7, 2012:  Toke S. Aidt and Peter S. Jensen. "Workers of the World, Unite! Franchise Extensions and the Threat of Revolution in Europe, 1820-1938." CESifo Working Paper No. 3417. April 2011.

JANUARY 31, 2012:  Ben Ansell, "The Political Economy of Ownership: Housing Markets and the Welfare State." IPES Conference Paper, November 2011.

JANUARY 24, 2012: Jason Aimone, Laurence Iannaccone, Michael Makowsky, and Jared Rubin. “Endogenous Group Formation via Unproductive Costs.” February 2011.

JANUARY 17, 2012: Jean-Paul Carvalho and Mark Koyama, “Development and Religious Polarization: The Emergence of Reform and Ultra-Orthodox Judaism.”  GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 11-45, October 15, 2011.

JANUARY 10, 2012:  David Skarbek, “Governance and Prison Gangs.” American Political Science Review 105 (4), November 2011.

DECEMBER 13, 2011:  Quamrul Ashraf and Oded Galor. "The "Out of Africa" Hypothesis, Human Genetic Diversity, and Comparative Economic Development." NBER Working Paper No. 17216. July 2011

NOVEMBER 29, 2011:  Alberto F. Alesina, Paola Giuliano, and Nathan Nunn, "On the Origins of Gender Roles: Women and the Plough." NBER Working Paper No. 17098. May 2011.

NOVEMBER 15, 2011: Larry M. Bartels, "Ideology and Retrospection in Electoral Responses to the Great Recession."  August 2011.

NOVEMBER 8, 2011: Jeffry A. Frieden, David A. Lake, Michael Nicholson, and Aditya Ranganath. "Crisis Politics: Uncertainty, Relative Prices and Political Change." October 2011.

NOVEMBER 1, 2011: LuigiGuiso, PaolaSapienza, and Luigi Zingales. "Long Term Persistence." NBER Working Paper No. 14278, August 2008.

OCTOBER 25, 2011: David Stasavage, "When Distance Mattered: Geographic Scale and the Development of European Representative Assemblies." American Political Science Review, November 2010.

OCTOBER 18, 2011: Lisa Blaydes and Eric Chaney. "The Feudal Revolution and Europe's Rise: Political Divergence of the Christian and Muslim Worlds before 1500 CE." September 30, 2011.

OCTOBER 11, 2011: (1) Jeremy Edwards and Sheilagh Ogilvie. "Contract Enforcement, Institutions, and Social Capital: The Maghribi Traders Reappraised." The Economic History Review, 2011. (2) Avner Greif, "Contract Enforcement and Institutions among the Maghribi Traders: Refuting Edwards and Ogilvie." June 30, 2008

OCTOBER 4, 2011: Jeremy Edwards and Sheilagh Ogilvie, "What Lessons for Economic Development Can We Draw from the Champagne Fairs?" CESifo Working Paper No. 3438, April 2011

SEPTEMBER 27, 2011: James A. Robinson and Ragnar Torvik. "Institutional Comparative Statics." NBER Working Paper 17106, June 2011


APRIL 25, 2011: Roger B. Myerson, "The Autocrat's Credibility Problem and Foundations of the Constitutional State"

APRIL 19, 2011: Milan Svolik, "Why Authoritarian Parties? The Regime Party as an Instrument of Cooptation and Control"

MARCH 29, 2011: Beatriz Magaloni and Ruth Kricheli, "Political Order and One-Party Rule"

MARCH 15, 2011: Craufurd D. Goodwin, "The First Globalization Debate"

MARCH 1, 2011: Neil Malhotra, Yotam Margalit and Cecilia Hyunjung Mo, "Economic Explanations for Opposition to Immigration: Distinguishing Between Prevalence and Magnitude"

FEBRUARY 22, 2011: Jeffrey M. Chwieroth and Andrew Walter, "Financial crises and political turnover: a long run panoramic view"

FEBRUARY 15, 2011: Graziella Bertocchi and Arcangelo Dimico, "Slavery, Education, and Inequality"

FEBRUARY 8, 2011: Helen V. Milner and Dustin Tingley, "The Choice for Multilateralism:Foreign Aid and American Foreign Policy"

FEBRUARY 1, 2011: Ryan S. Jablonski and Steven Oliver, "The Political Economy of Plunder: Economic Opportunity and Modern Piracy"

JANUARY 25, 2011: Dongwoo Yoo and Richard H. Steckel, "Property Rights and Financial Development: The Legacy of Japanese Colonial Institutions"

JANUARY 18, 2011: Jon X. EguiaThe Origin of Parties: Theory, and Evidence from the United

JANUARY 11, 2011: Stefanie Walter, "Globalization and the Demand-Side of Politics"

JANUARY 4, 2011: Lauren Cohen and Christopher Malloy, "Friends in High Places"

DECEMBER 14, 2010: Daniel Berger, William Easterly, Nathan Nunn, Shanker Satyanath, "Commercial Imperialism? Political Influence and Trade During the Cold War"

NOVEMBER 30, 2010: Benjamin A. Olken,"Monitoring Corruption: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Indonesia" and "Direct Democracy and Local Public Goods: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Indonesia"

NOVEMBER 9, 2010: Toke S. Aidt and Facundo Albornozz, "Political Regimes and Foreign Intervention" January 28, 2010

OCTOBER 19, 2010: Jordi Blanes i Vidal, Mirko Draca and Christian Fons-Rosen, "Revolving Door Lobbyists CEP Discussion Paper No 993" August 2010

OCTOBER 19, 2010: Phillip Y. Lipscy, "Explaining Institutional Change: Policy Areas, Outside Options, and the Bretton Woods Institutions"

OCTOBER 19, 2010: Kenneth Scheve, "Envy and Altruism in Hard Times"

OCTOBER 12, 2010: David Card, Alexandre MasEnrico Moretti, Emmanuel Saez, "Inequality At Work: The Effect of Peer Salaries On Job Satisfaction"

OCTOBER 5, 2010: Charles I. Jones, Peter J. Klenow, "Beyond GDP? Welfare Across Countries and Time"