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PELG Speaker Series

The Political Economy Lunch Group (PELG) formal speaker series, co-sponsored by the Center for Commerce and Diplomacy, is for faculty and students who are eager to engage with the world's leading scholars. The series showcases UC San Diego as a hub of political economy research and serves as a forum for discussing new research from across the globe.

PELG is organized by Carlos Avenancio-León and Agustina Paglayan.

DAY/TIME: Tuesdays from 12:30-1:45 p.m. 

LOCATION: The meeting is in person only and will be held in either PEB 721 or SSB 102 (please check the schedule).


Winter 2024 PELG Speakers

Jan. 23, 2024 Carlos Avenancio-León, UC San Diego. Location: SSB 102
Jan. 30, 2024 Emily Sellars, Yale University. Location: PEB 721
Feb. 6, 2024 John Ahlquist, UC San Diego. Location: SSB 102
Feb. 13, 2024 Guadalupe Tunon, Princeton University. Location: PEB 721
Feb. 20, 2024 Vincent Pons, Harvard University. Location: PEB 721
Feb. 27, 2024 Graduate Student Presentations. Location: SSB 102
March 5, 2024 Agustina Paglayan, UC San Diego. Location: PEB 721
March 12, 2024 Volha Charnysh, MIT. Location: SSB 102

Past Events

Fall 2023

Oct. 10, 2023 Peter Buisseret, Harvard University
Oct. 17, 2023 Graduate Student Presentations
Oct. 24, 2023 Danny Klinenberg, UC San Diego
Oct. 31, 2023 Peter Bils, Vanderbilt University
Nov. 7, 2023 Darin Christensen, UCLA
Nov. 14, 2023 Tesalia Rizzo, UC Merced
Nov. 21, 2023 Antonella Bandiera, ITAM
Nov. 28, 2023 Federica Izzo, UC San Diego

Spring 2023

April 11, 2023 Dana Foarta, Stanford Stanford Graduate School of Business
April 25, 2023 Amanda Friedenberg, University of Michigan
May 9, 2023 Umberto Mignozzetti, UC San Diego
May 16, 2023 Nico Voigtlander, UCLA
May 30, 2023 Jaya Wen, Harvard Business School

Winter 2023

Jan. 17, 2023 Sung Mi Kim, UC San Diego
Jan. 24, 2023 Michael Gibilisco, California Institute of Technology
Jan. 31, 2023 Avidit Acharya, Stanford University
Feb. 7, 2023 Noam Lupu, Vanderbilt University
Feb. 21, 2023 Pablo Beramendi, Duke University
Feb. 28, 2023 Amy Pond, Technical University of Munich
March 7, 2023 Alison Post, University of California, Berkeley

Fall 2022

Oct. 4, 2022 James Robinson, University of Chicago
Oct. 11, 2022 Hakeem Jefferson, Stanford University
Oct. 18, 2022 Clemence Tricaud, UCLA
Oct. 25, 2022 Wioletta Dziuda, University of Chicago
Nov. 1, 2022 Ian Turner, Yale University
Nov. 8, 2022 Martin Fiszbein, Boston University
Nov. 15, 2022 Nathan Canen, University of Houston
Nov. 29, 2022 Mariana Carvalho UC San Diego and
Brown University (remote event)


Spring 2022

April 12, 2022 Diana Moreira, UC Davis
April 19, 2022 Sally Nuamah, Northwestern University
April 27, 2022 Sultan Mehmood, joint Theory workshop and PELG, online
May 3, 2022 Shelley Liu, UC Berkeley
May 10, 2022 Ana-Tur Prats, UC Merced
May 24, 2022 Felipe Gonzalez, PUC-Chile, online

Winter 2022

Jan. 11, 2022 Sarah Anzia, UC Berkeley
Jan. 31, 2022 Minju Kim, Postdoctoral Fellow, UC San Diego
Feb. 8, 2022 Germán Gieczewski, Princeton University
Feb. 15, 2022 Andreas B. Wiedemann, Princeton University
Feb. 22, 2022 Mark Dincecco, University of Michigan

Fall 2021

PELG Speakers

Oct. 19, 2021 Cesi Cruz, UCLA
Oct. 26, 2021 Allan Drazen, University of Maryland
Nov. 9, 2021 Matilde Bombardini, University of California Berkeley
Nov. 16, 2021 Matt Lowe, University of British Columbia
Nov. 30, 2021 Kate Casey, Stanford University

Spring 2021

PELG Speakers

April 6, 2021 Renee Bowen - Internal Speaker
"The World Trade Organization and U.S. Domestic Politics" (with Lawrence Broz and Marc Muendler)
April 13, 2021 Jake Grumbach, University of Washington
"Laboratories of Democratic Backsliding"
April 20, 2021 John Ahlquist, UC San Diego
April 27, 2021 Vicky Fouka, Stanford
May 4, 2021 Nick Carnes, Duke
May 11, 2021 Omar Wasow, Princeton
May 18, 2021 Guadalupe Tunon, Princeton
"Special Interest Trade-offs: How Restricting Money in Politics Helps Church-backed Candidates"
May 25, 2021 Paola Giuliano, UCLA
"The Seeds of Ideology: Historical Immigration and Political Preferences in the United States" (with Marco Tabellini)
June 1, 2021 Juan Carlos Suarez Serrato, Duke

Winter 2021

PELG Speakers

Jan. 12, 2021  Michael TingColumbia University
"An Organizational Theory of State Capacity" (with Erik Snowberg)
Jan. 26, 2021 Asya Magazinnik, MIT
"District Elections Decrease Local Cooperation in Immigration Enforcement" (with Michael Hankinson)
Feb. 2, 2021 Yoo Sun Jung, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Commerce and Diplomacy
"Legalization of International Institutions and Its Discontents: GATT vs. WTO Adjudication, 1989-2015"
Feb. 9, 2021 Enriqueta Aragones, IAE-CSIC
"Ideological Consistency and Valence Advantage" (with Dimitrios Xefteris)
Feb. 16, 2021   Scott Ashworth, Harris School of Public Policy - University of Chicago
"Sources of Women’s Underrepresentation in US Politics: A Model of Election Aversion and Voter Discrimination" (with Ethan Bueno de Masquita and Christopher Berry)
Feb. 23, 2021   Andy Eggers, University of Chicago
"Placebo Tests for Causal Inference" (with Allan Dafoe and Guadalupe Tunon)
March 9, 2021   Marko Klasnja, Georgetown University
"Wealth and Gender in Congressional Politics" (with Rachel Benrhard and Andy Eggers)

Fall 2020

PELG Speakers

Oct. 6, 2020  Jhacova Williams, RAND Corporation
"Confederate Streets and Black-White Labor Market Differentials"
Oct. 13, 2020  Carlo Schwarz, Bocconi University
"Social Media and Vote Outcomes: Evidence from the United States" (with Thomas Fujiwara and Karsten Müller)
Oct. 20, 2020  Olle Folke, Uppsala University
Oct. 27, 2020  Diana Van Patten, Princeton University
"Multinationals, Monopsony and Local Development: Evidence from the United Fruit Company"
Nov. 10, 2020  Ro'ee Levy, MIT
"Social Media, News Consumption, and Polarization: Evidence from a Field Experiment"
Nov. 17, 2020  Raquel Fernandez, New York University
"Universal Basic Income: A Dynamic Assessment"
Dec. 1, 2020  Svetlana Kosterina, University of Pittsburgh (Joint with Economics)
"Delegated Bargaining"

Winter 2020

PELG Speakers

Jan. 14, 2020  Isabela Mares, Yale University,
"Poor versus Poor: How Distributional Conflicts Conditions the Choice of Clientelistic Strategies" (with Lauren Young)
Feb. 11, 2020  Susan Stokes, University of Chicago,
Joint with Political Science CP series
"Referendums. Why Are They Held? When Are They Justified?
Feb. 18, 2020  Shanker Satyanath, NYU,
"Cronyism in State Violence: Evidence from Labor Repression During Argentina’s Last Dictatorship" (with Esteban Klor and Sebastian Saiegh)
March 3, 2020  Horacio Larreguy, Harvard Universtiy,
Joint with Political Science CP series
"Brokering Votes with Information Spread Via Social Networks" (with Raúl Duarte, Frederico Finan, and Laura Schechter)

Fall 2019

PELG Speakers

Oct. 8, 2019  Luis Martinez, University of Chicago,
"How Effective Are Monetary Incentives to Vote? Evidence from a Nationwide Policy"
Oct. 15, 2019  Anqi Li, Washington Universtiy,
"The Politics of News Personalization" (with Lin Hu and Ilya Segal)
Oct. 22, 2019  Romain Wacziarg, UCLA,
"The Cultural Divide" (with Klaus Desmet)
Oct. 29, 2019  Thomas Fujiwara, Princeton,
"Local Politicians and the Deforestation of the Amazon" (with Leonardo Bursztyn)"
Nov. 13, 2019  Konstantin Sonin, University of Chicago,
Joint with Economics
Nov. 19, 2019  Francesco Trebbi, UBC,
"Unbounding Polarization" (with Nathan Canen and Chad Kendall)
Dec. 3, 2019  Cecilia Testa, University of Nottingham,
"Race, Representation and Local Governments in the US South: the Effect of the Voting Rights Act" (with Andrea Bernini and Giovanni Facchini)

Spring 2019

PELG Speakers

May 7, 2019  Sarah Brierley, Washington University in St. Louis,
"The Connections of Party Brokers"
May 14, 2019  Thomas Pepinsky, Cornell University,
"Ethnicity as an Institution"

Winter 2019

PELG Speakers

Jan. 15, 2019  Sean Gailmard , UC Berkeley,
"Laws of War: The Growth of Legislative Power in America"
Jan. 22, 2019  Jeffry Frieden, Harvard University,
"The Political Economy of the Globalization Backlash: Sources and Implications"
Jan. 29, 2019  Reading Group Event
Feb. 5, 2019  Reading Group Event
Feb. 12, 2019  David Stasavage, New York University,
"Origins of Early Democracy" (with Ali Ahmed.)
Feb. 19, 2019  Alisha Holland, Princeton University,
"Private Property Against Public Works: How Rights Affect Development in Ecuador and Colombia"
Feb. 26, 2019  Reading Group Event
March 5, 2019  Reading Group Event
March 12, 2019  Reading Group Event
March 19, 2019  Reading Group Event

Fall 2018

PELG Speakers

Sept. 19, 2018  Bard Harstad , University of Oslo,
"Pledge-and-Review Bargaining"
Sept. 25, 2018  Vincent Pons, Harvard Business School,
"Rankings Matter Even When They Shouldn't: Bandwagon Effect in Two-Round Elections" (with Clemence Tricaud.)
Oct. 2, 2018  Reading Group Event
Oct. 9, 2018  Cesi Cruz, University of British Columbia,
"Making Policies Matter: Voter Responses to Campaign Promises" (with Philip Keefer, Julien Labonne, and Francesco Trebbi.)
Oct. 16, 2018  Sam Bazzi, Boston University,
"Frontier Culture: The Roots and Persistence of 'Rugged Individualism' in the United States" (with Martin Fiszbein and Mesay Gebresilasse.)
Oct. 23, 2018  Mark Dincecco, University of Michigan,
"Internal Conflict, Elite Action, and State Failure: Evidence from China, 1000-1911" (with Yuhua Wang.)
Oct. 30, 2018  Dana Foarta, Stanford University,
"Wait-and-See or Step in? Dynamics of Interventions" (with Takuo Sugaya.)
Nov. 6, 2018  Priya Mukerhjee, College of William and Mary (visiting BU),
"The Electoral Effects of a Fiscal Transfer: Evidence from Indian Elections" (with Thomas Fujiwara and Martin Kanz)
Nov. 13, 2018  No PELG event
Nov. 20, 2018  Reading Group Event
Nov. 27, 2018  Gilles Serra, CIDE,
"The Electoral Strategies of a Populist Candidate: Does Charisma Discourage Experience and Encourage Extremism?"
Dec. 4, 2018  Reading Group Event