2018 Political Economy Conference

January 19, 2018 - 8:45am - 5:45pm
15th Floor of International Affairs Building
420 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10027
United States

8:45-9:25 Registration

9:25-9:30 Introductions

9:30-10:35 Ray Fisman (Boston), "Tax-Exempt Lobbying" (with Marianne Bertrand, Matilde Bombardini, and Francesco Trebbi)

Discussion by Hye Young You (NYU)

10:35-10:50 Coffee break

10:50-11:55 Pierre Yared (Columbia), "Fiscal Rules and Discretion under Self-Enforcement" (with Marina Halac)

Discussion by Dana Foarta (Stanford)

11:55-1:00 Vincent Pons (Harvard), "Expressive Voting and Its Cost: Evidence from Runoffs with Two or Three Candidates" (with Clémence Tricaud)

Discussion by Marc Meredith (Penn)

1:00-2:15 Lunch

2:15-3:20 Camilo Garcia-Jimeno (Penn), "Women, Rails, and Telegraphs: An Empirical Study of Information Diffusion, Social Learning, and Collective Action" (with Angel Iglesias and Pinar Yildirim)

Discussion by Brandice Canes-Wrone (Princeton)

3:20-4:25 Richard Van Weelden (Pittsburgh), "Crashing the Party? Elites, Outsiders, and Elections" (with Peter Buisseret)

Discussion by Benjamin Ogden (Texas A&M)

4:25-4:40 Coffee break

4:40-5:45 Matia Vannoni (Bocconi), "Civil Service Reform in U.S. States: Structural Causes and Impacts on Delegation" (with Elliott Ash and Massimo Morelli)

Discussion by Ian Turner (Yale)

6:30 Dinner (invitation only)



  • 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.

  • Wireless access is available via the Columbia University network and does not require a password