2016 Political Economy Conference

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Conference Program (click for PDF)

8:45 a.m. - 9:25 a.m.

Light Breakfast

9:25 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.


9:30 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.

Stephen Morris (Princeton), "Reward and Punishment in a Regime Change Game" (with Mehdi Shadmehr

Discussion by Alexandre Debs (Yale)

10:35 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:50 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.

Patrick Le Bihan (Sciences Po), "Who Owns The Story? News-Gathering Competition and Political Accountability" (with Cathy Hafer and Dimitri Landa)

Discussion by Cesar Martinelli (Georgetown)

11:55 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Dorothy Kronick (UPenn), "The Arbitrage Lobby: Theory and Evidence on the Political Economy of Dual Exchange Rate (with Robert Gulotty)

Discussion by Jeffry Frieden (Harvard)

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

2:15 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Micael Castanheira (ECARES), "A Theory of Small Campaign Contributions" (with Laurent Bouton and Allan Drazen)

Discussion by Thomas Stratmann (George Mason)

3:20 p.m. - 4:25 p.m.

Pedro Dal Bo (Brown), "The Democracy Effect: A Weights-Based Identification Strategy" (with Andrew Foster and Kenju Kamei)

Discussion by Debraj Ray (NYU)

4:25 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.

Coffee Break


4:40 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Jenny Guardado (Georgetown), "Oversight and the Value of Public Office: Evidence from the Spanish Empire"

Discussion by Horacio Larreguy (Harvard)

6:30 p.m.

Dinner at Calle Ocho Restaurant


• The conference will be held in Room 1501 (15th floor) of the SIPA building.

• Each session consists of 45 mins. presentation, 10 mins. discussion, and 10 mins. Q&A.

• We are grateful to Columbia's ISERP, PER, and Political Science Department for financial support.

• The conference is open to anyone, but kindly register (http://tinyurl.com/cupe16reg) in advance.